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Masala Hash Brown Potatoes in Coconut Oil

June 27, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Recipes › Vegan ›

Imagine waking up to this over the weekend. Your family will love you for it. Potatoes pair really well with Indian spices, so putting them together in these delicious hash brown potatoes makes perfect sense to the mind and the taste buds. Be prepared to hear 'seconds, please!' Here's what you'll need:  From the top left, that's oil (I love using coconut), spices, a heavy caste iron or non-stick pan, onions, and potatoes. I used my Le Creuset Balti, part of the Cuisines of the World Line, which I love and which I had the opportunity to demo for them in...

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Jazz Up Summer Grilling With a Strawberry Chutney

June 05, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Chutney › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Recipes › Vegan ›

It's no secret that it's strawberry season. Everyone is talking and writing about these luscious nuggets of sweetness. Of course, they are delicious just like the shot above - but is there anything else you can do with them? YES. Make them into a delicious chutney - a condiment that will not only have your guests raving - but may just be the talk of your summer table.  But, first - what exactly is chutney? Think of relish or salsa multiplied by a thousand. Chutneys are India's answer to both condiments and then some. In Indian cuisine we love layering...

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Sambhar: Vegan, Vegetarian South Indian Stew

April 30, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Dal › Gluten Free › Recipes › South Indian › Vegan ›

It's bordering on Farmers' Market season. Sure, that means beautiful produce. But, if you are like me, it also means a few of those well-intentioned impulse purchases going to waste. Think of this amazing stew as a way to collect all the little veggies you meant to eat and putting them to good use.  Although I grew up eating North Indian food in my home, I also ate a ton of South Indian food made by friends from Tamil Nadu and other areas of South India. My absolute favorite was homemade Sambhar and a fermented rice-lentil crepe called dosa. Here's...

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Quick, Vegan, Authentic Chana Masala - Curried Chickpeas

February 26, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Recipes › Vegan ›

When you google the term 'Chana Masala' you come up with various recipes for Indian curried chickpeas which sadly make no mention of the masala that is key to making your chickpea dish scream authentic.  Masala is an interesting term in my culture and language. For the most part, it can mean two different things. First and foremost, it refers to a dry mixture of spices, that when used with certain ingredients give your dish a taste of authenticity. It can also refer to a wet base of ingredients, which when added to key ingredients, spices and water, will make a delicious curry....

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Gluten Free Upma with Toasted Cashews and Curry Leaves

January 27, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Recipes › Vegan ›

Upma.  If you know what this is, I don't need to say anymore. If you don't, just know that you must make this amazing dish for yourself. It's purely addictive. Ask my BFF from high school, Grace. She lives in Israel and makes this dish often for her family since I taught it to her over 2 decades ago.  In its most traditional sense, Upma is a common breakfast dish made in many South Indian homes. It's traditionally made from rava, a wheat derivative, or cream of wheat. Cream of wheat is meal made from wheat. I found this funky explanation and...

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Punjabi Kitchari Makes its Debut in the Washington Post

January 07, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy › Recipes › Vegan ›

It felt like 2011 all over again. When I watched Mumbai-born Chef Floyd Cardoza win Bravo's Top Chef Masters with his take on the seemingly mundane South Indian breakfast upma.  I mean Indians in the know get how addictive and delicious upma actually is, but how could it capture the attention and respect of the culinary West? It's ... so .... simple.  It was the same feeling seeing Kitchari - and my take on it - make headlines in the Washington Post food section this week. "Are you serious?" "Wow. How Cool!" were some of the responses from my Indian-American Facebook friends. "Kitchari in the...

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Garam Masala: Easy North Indian Spice Blend

December 31, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

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Garam Masala is becoming one of the most-commonly found Indian spice blends on your grocery store shelf. But, what is it?  I hear that constantly when I'm teaching cooking classes. Even from folks who use the spice and cook Indian food on a regular basis. They know they need it. They know where to find it. But, they are not exactly sure what it it.  It's a spice blend - that's what masala means. A mixture of spices. Garam means warm or hot. This blend is basically a combination of spices that are considered warm, earthy, and robust.  This is a blend also typical of...

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Curry 101: Tikka Masala, Vegan, Vegetarian, or Chicken

July 25, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

They're onto us! Publisher's Weekly, the trade magazine of the book world recently published their round up of cookbooks, and my new offering, 'Indian For Everyone' was included. (Heavy dose of jumping up and down and giggling uncontrollably involved.)  Better yet, my publisher released the numbers of my first two books - and boy have you all been buying books. I cannot thank you enough. The number is 100,000 and that's HUGE for me - still essentially the new kid on the block. Look for me in paragraph three below:  But, enough about me. You are here to learn how...

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Bhindi Masala: Anupy's Crackling Okra

July 11, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

  If you think you hate okra. Not to worry. You are not alone. When my husband and I got married back in 1999, I was appalled to hear that he, too, hated my favorite vegetable, okra or bhindi. Hate may be a strong word. Let’s put it this way, he avoided it at all costs. I came to find out his non-love of this veggie had less to do with the veggie itself, and more to do with how he’d eaten it in the past. While my MIL is a great cook – her bhindi masala is just okay....

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July 4th Table: Roasted Chickpea-Quinoa Masala Salad

June 26, 2014
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Vegan ›

Your July 4th table will never be the same. This amazing high-protein veggie salad will leave everyone - especially the omnivores - asking for more. It's nutritious - but in a way that I demand from all my food - it's delicious as well.  I want to thank Chef Jamie Oliver for the inspiration for this dish. He was showcasing a fresh California-style salad on his show filled with roasted everything and topped with cold avocado and crunchy greens. I started to think about it from an Indian point of view, and came up with this.  You will work -...

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