Tandoori Chicken

When my husband and I were students and had very little money to spend, one splurge was to go to an Indian buffet. This was a chance to enjoy a variety of South Asian meals that I didn’t have experience making at home. One of my favorite dishes ‒ like so many people ‒ was the Tandoori chicken, as it was grilled, had nice vibrant colors, and had a very unique taste from all of the spices.

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Spinach Tofu

Tofu is an inexpensive meat substitute that packs lots of nutrition. I did not grow up eating tofu but as a chef have enjoyed learning how to cook with it. Plain tofu can become extremely tasty once you add certain combinations of spices, herbs, and vegetables.

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Khichuri (rice with lentils)

A popular Bengali dish to eat in the monsoon season is called khichuri. This dish is made of rice and lentils that are cooked together with certain spices. When I was growing up my family ate khichuri with fried fish and fried eggplant. I think it’s extremely delicious.

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Masala Green Beans

As I was going down the produce aisle, I saw some green beans at the grocery store. They looked really fresh, almost as if they were picked that same morning! It may not be the right time of year for fresh green beans, but they looked too good to pass on the opportunity. I bought a couple of pounds.

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Dal with Spinach

As a child growing up I ate dal at most meals. Dal are dried and split pulses or lentils that are very common in South Asian cooking. My mother cooked lentils on almost a daily basis to serve with fried spinach and fish curry. I did not actually like dal growing up, as I was a very picky eater!

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