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Haldi Achaar: Quick, Easy Pickled Turmeric

May 10, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Spice Blends › Turmeric ›

No doubt, the hottest spice these days is Turmeric. Warm, earthy, bold in flavor. Healthy for you. But how do you actually eat it? And why should you really?  Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. In the most basic sense, think of how you feel when you wake up with a sore throat. It hurts to swallow. The tissue in your throat is swollen.  The curcumin in turmeric helps fight the infection and inflammation.  A very easy way to get fresh turmeric into your day? Pickle it!  You can find fresh turmeric now in many specialty grocers. In Chicago, I head to...

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Indian Omelette; Spicy, Savory, Deliciousness

January 31, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Eggs › Gluten Free › Recipes › Spice Blends ›

"So, what makes an Indian omelette?" asked C.  It was a fair question. We were standing in the buffet line at the Marriott in Racine, Wisconsin the morning of a soccer tournament for our girls watching someone making fresh omelettes to-order. And, as usual, I was bragging that no one can top an Indian version of the everyday omelette.  I'm still shocked it has yet to go mainstream in the American foodie world. It's hard to believe that something as amazing as this has been kept a secret all this time. The Mexican version of the omelette has been on...

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DIY Tandoori Roasted Brussels Sprout Stalk - Indian Twist on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Thanksgiving › Vegan ›

DIY. So not my thing. Do-it- yourself projects give me hives - they assume the luxury of time. Life is way too busy and the house too messy right now to add another thing on my plate. But, when I spotted these Brussels Sprout stalks at my local Whole Foods in Lincoln Park - Chicago, I just had to buy them. I was going to make something out of this! But, what?  The first thing I noticed was how excited my girls were. They do eat Brussels Sprouts, but these were a whole new level of eating. They look FUN....

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Cremini Mushroom Curry in Spiced Cashew Cream

July 21, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry › Gluten Free › Mushrooms › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Mushrooms. Yum. Add spices, cream, and some heat to them, and you'll have a curry on your hands that will be a weekly staple. It's at once decadent and healthy, especially if you substitute cashew cream for the typical dairy version. If you want to use cashew cream, you want to ideally soak your cashews overnight. You can still make it successfully without soaking, but if you take that extra step you'll have a creamier product, so plan ahead. While you can use any mushroom, I love using the cremini (or crimini), sometimes referred to as a 'baby portobello' or 'baby...

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Pav Bhaji Sliders With Spiced Cashew Cream Schmear

July 15, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Chutney › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Oh yes, I did! I took the Mumbai street food Pav Bhaji and made it completely comfortable on your dining table. If you're not familiar with this snack, pav means bread, while bhaji means vegetables. The story goes that street vendors came up with this popular combination as a lunch option for workers that wanted something lighter and faster than traditional Indian food.  Amongst my kids' friends, we call it veggie sloppy joes. When making these at home, serve them up on a large tray so guests can assemble themselves. Above, from left to right, you have Cilantro Green Apple Chutney, toasted...

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Grilled Chaat Long Peppers

July 06, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Our #spiceoftheweek is #chaatmasala, and as I racked my brain to come up with more uses of our most amazing spice blend, these peppers came to mind. They are at one easy to prep - look beautiful on a plate, and are absolutely addictive. Here, I have used long peppers, which are all over markets at the moment. They are generally sweet, but if you don't mind extra heat, try this in a spicier pepper. Just make sure you tell your guests which is which!  Slice your peppers lengthwise (I used about a dozen) and clean out the inside carefully...

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Chaat Masala Grilled Okra - Perfect For July 4th Weekend

June 30, 2015
Written by Anupy Singla

Gluten Free › Kids Eat Healthy › Masala › Recipes › Spice Blends › Vegan ›

Chaat means so delicious that you want to lick your fingers clean, and why Indian small plates are called chaat. At once spicy, savory, and with hints of sweet notes, the dishes like papardi chaat, samosa chaat, and aloo chaat all make you want more and more and more. One of my favorite spots to try Indian chaat is Kamdar Plaza on Devon Ave. in Chicago. Tell them I sent you!  Most Indian street vendors put together their own spice blend, called chaat masala. It's used to give street foods a pop in flavor and extra punchiness. A few key spices are...

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