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Me at the Meat Counter

July 27, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

So today I broke down and went to Whole Foods in Lincoln Park to buy beef. As most of you know by now I rarely buy or even eat meat. But - beef I haven't cooked or eaten in about 20 years. I just don't care for the smell or the taste. I don't judge you if you do eat it. Some of my best friends - oh, and my husband - eat beef. But here I was today standing at the counter looking forlorn and a little pathetic with a handwritten recipe for Nihari in my spiral cookbook journal....

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My First Cooking Lesson

July 25, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

It was a dreary fall Saturday in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Mom and dad decided to use the day to run errands, leaving me at home to babysit my grandparents visiting from India. I was in high-school – pleased to have some time away from the folks – thinking I could get away with some channel surfing and typical homework procrastination. Babaji had other ideas. “I’m going to teach you how to cook.” It wasn’t a question, but more of a declaration - as if, in his mind, the time had come. It did not matter that up until that...

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Here's What's Cooking Today

July 25, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Curry ›

Spicy Eggplant with PotatoesCardomom Laced Rice Pudding (with Basmati rice)Cardomom Laced Rice Pudding (with Brown rice) - this is an experimentPunjabi Curdy No I didn't say Curry. Folks this is the most amazing dish that you'll rarely (sadly) get on an Indian restaurant menu. I'm a little nervous to try this one. But I'm doing it today! So, I was pleased that after three days of soaking my one crockpot is finally CLEAN. The one in which I burned Juhi's simple kitchari recipe (rice and lentil porridge). I probably shouldn't be telling you all of this, but I want you...

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Writer's Block

July 24, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

As I struggle with what to write today I realize that many of you are probably not familiar with a very seedy side of being a writer. The fact that much of our craft is done alone - through much self motivation. Telling someone I'm a writer may sound cool and wonderful but actually being a writer requires a heck of a lot more than that. I requires you to sit - many times alone - in a chair for hours withough fidgeting - without looking for distractions as you try to be creative and amazing through your words. It's...

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Keep Me Honest

July 23, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

If I wasn't writing this blog I wouldn't have cooked today. It's a busy one. Hanging out with the kids...running important errands...going to Association of Women Journalist's (AWJ) networking event tonight... But, because I promised I'd make a few recipes yesterday I thought I should at least take the 20 minutes I have and start one. So, I'm remaking my cousin Juhi's Simple Kitchari. It just needs 6 ingredients plus water. It took me 10 minutes to prep the ingredients and throw it into my crockpot. It should be ready in about 6 hours. That's why YOU need a CROCKPOT!...

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My Next Four Recipes

July 23, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

It's midnight and I've just finished cleaning up from the day's cooking. It didn't help that I HAD to watch Top Chef Masters - my buddy ART SMITH wooooooon this week's competition!!!! Can everyone please just start tuning in if you haven't already? And I love Roy Yamaguchi. His restaurants in Hawai'i Kai and Waikiki were staples when I lived on Oahu. Try the Roy's here - it's apparently one of the top grossing of all his restaurants. Amazing. I've got to say - I have a new favorite dal (lentil) dish. The Parippu I made tonight was phenomenal. Maybe...

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Those Amazing Little Lentils

July 22, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Kids Eat Healthy ›

I'm determined to finish my section on lentils today. It's only 10 a.m. and I'm almost there. It took me only two hours to prep four dishes - not to mention that was between whining - crying - making up - whining - crying and finally TV! Lentils and Beans are a huge staple in the Indian diet. It's not hard to figure out why. There are about a gabillion varieties out there and as many if not more ways to cook them. They are high in protein ... low in fat and have tons of fibre. What more could...

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Dessert or Not To Dessert?

July 21, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Recipes ›

"So...If I eat this then do I get dessert?" asked Neha. "No. You have to eat everything. The rice - the yogurt AND the dal," I repeated. "Ohhhh. But I just took a taste of the dal and I don't like it," said Neha. "Right. But, I just heated up a second type of dal and I think you'll like that one." "I don't like that one either. So, if I eat just the rice and the yogurt can I have dessert?" Ahhhhhhhhhh....It's never ending. Trying to get Neha (6) to sit down and eat her meals. But, I'm determined....

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Chicken Little

July 20, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I am scared of cooking meat. I have never really tried and for the last 15 years or so have been pretty much vegetarian. BUT ... because I love you all soo soo much and of course love my husband even more, I am trying some Indian meat dishes in the crockpot. Today, I tried my hand at traditional North Indian chicken curry. I bought 3 pounds of chicken from Whole Foods and had him skin and cut it up. It was all parts - breast/thigh/wings as my husband instructed. This experience in front of the meat counter which I...

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Thanksgiving in July?

July 19, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I'm thinking about calling my upcoming cooking show 'frenzied chef' because that's how I typically feel in the kitchen. Frenzied. Rushed. Overwhelmed. Especially if I need to make more than one Indian dish. Tonight I've overcome all of my misgiving with my crockpot. Well, with my 4 crockpots. I've experimented in the last 24 hours with not only curried stews but now with dry sabzis. For anyone that has experience with Indian food - this is almost a revolution in cooking - to think that you can skip the whole tarka process (heating the onions/ginger/garlic and spices in hot oil)...

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