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Thanksgiving Dessert: Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie

November 15, 2017
Written by Anupy Singla

Baking › Chai Masala › Healing Spices › Thanksgiving ›

Move over, Pumpkin Spice. I have a confession to make. I just don't get you. I've never had Pumpkin Spice. Really. I have never - ever - knowingly tasted Pumpkin Spice. Part of it is ... I just don't get it. There's no pumpkin in it, I found when researching recipes.  Maybe it's also because my coffee drink of choice is an Americano - black no sugar - I've never had a whipped coffee drink or dessert. I don't gravitate towards dessert easily (just give me anything savory and I'm happy). And, just the plethora of products now using this...

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Chaat Masala Indian Street Corn Rocks Your July 4th and Beyond

July 04, 2016
Written by Anupy Singla

Healing Spices › Kids Eat Healthy › Snacks ›

Chaat Masala is one of those spices that if you know it, you can't get enough of it. But, what is it? Chaat in Hindi literally means to 'lick'. The thought is that something is so delicious that you want to lick your fingers clean. It's used in most North Indian street foods. Most vendors create their own unique blends, but most blends have a few common ingredients including kala namak (black salt), black pepper, and dried mango powder. The citrus taste element from dried mango powder gives you a lemony base and profile that pairs perfectly with corn. So, Get your...

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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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