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And I Tricked Them Again! Ha…

And I Tricked Them Again! Ha…

The lettuce problem plagues our house. And we shall overcome… I had done this once, some time ago, made Arugula pesto once and a watercress pesto another time. This time I decided to give it a try with Romaine lettuce. Besides, it was a sort of a double whammy, because my kids are not especially fond … Continue reading

Tricked ‘Em!!! Ha…

Tricked ‘Em!!! Ha…

Lettuce is not the most favorite vegetable in our household. “It is tasteless, insipid, and boring” –  I get this all the time from my husband and my two kids. My son and I love a well dressed salad with lettuce and other vegetables, but this is one green that needs a lot of help. … Continue reading

My Interview With Chef Raghavan Iyer In WSJ

From Family Recipes to U.S. Culinary Elite By Visi Tilak Photo Credit: Tate Carlson, Pictured: Mr. Iyer.  When Raghavan Iyer left Mumbai for the U.S. in 1982 to study engineering and management, it’s a fair bet that he did not expect to become a cookery guru. What started with quick letters home to get recipes, became a passion … Continue reading

Indian Chefs Serving Flexitarians For WSJ

Indian-Origin Chefs Serving U.S. ‘Flexitarians’ By Visi R. Tilak Drawing upon the many options available in Indian cuisine, chefs in the U.S. are serving vegetarian fare in a country where 5% of the population, according to a 2012 Gallup poll, doesn’t eat meat. There’s also demand from the “flexitarian” market, or people who are mostly … Continue reading

Hunting For Dosas

Hunting For Dosas

I grew up in a traditional South Indian home, and dosa’s would be served every other day, and I mean the most fabulous dosa’s ever!  Did not get the value of it then. Now, I live for it… We make plain dosas, masala dosa’s, quinoa dosa’s, rava dosas, tomato dosa’s, Mysore dosa’s, sweet jaggery dosa’s. … Continue reading

Vegetarian Haleem Demonstration

I grew up in the town of Hyderabad, among several Muslim friends. One dish I really missed, especially during Ramzan was Haleem, because of the mutton used in the traditional recipe. We would try many versions of it at home, sans the meat. This particular recipe is one of the better ones. I use extra … Continue reading

Finding Bliss With Heirloom Tomatoes

Finding Bliss With Heirloom Tomatoes

They are here, Heirloom tomatoes are peeking through some produce sections at grocery stores. Heirloom tomatoes can be eaten raw like an apple, needs no condiments or dressings. I make a quick 5 minute meal out of it by chopping a colorful variety into a bowl. I then drizzle a high quality garlic flavored olive oil … Continue reading

The Lure Of Indian Fast Food

The Lure Of Indian Fast Food

Over the last couple of years I have been running into many Indian Fast food “joints” as we used to call them in college. Many of these are sort of like an Indian Chipotle or an Indian Boloco. The options are quite tasty and the service is quick and efficient. And for those like me … Continue reading