Indian As Apple Pie

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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Working Through the Temper Tantrums…

July 18, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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Does anyone want two kids? Aged 4 and 6? Just kidding...but sometimes I wonder. We had a great breakfast out and then when Sandeep went to take them to the park so I could have an hour to myself - finally - to cook - what does Aria do? Throw one of the biggest tantrums of her toddler career. But...I persevered. I won. I got one over on HER. And she ended up helping me in the kitchen again, but of course AGAIN - I got half of what I wanted done - done. Here are the recipes I finished:REMEMBER...

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The Kitchen is Now Closed!

July 18, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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I'm done. Exhausted. Pooped. I've been cooking since 7 a.m. Well, either cooking ... buying groceries to cook .... or playing with the kids to get them tired enough to go to bed sooo I can cook some more.Here's what I have so far:Simplest of Simple Yellow Dal (came out great - look at Sophie's review in last post) Cauliflower in Red Sauce (Really came out bad. The original recipe called for a can of diced/peeled tomatoes and I feel like the canned adds too much sweetness to Indian food - any thoughts? That's going in the trash as I...

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NutCracker or Just Plain Nuts?

July 17, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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It's midnight and I'm proud to say I have finished my four recipes. Two are done and the two others I just finished putting into the crockpots. They'll be done by the morning. It's later than I thought, but here's how the day started:I woke up at 7 a.m. instead of 5. Because I went to bed much much later than I thought I would. So...I was tired. But that two hours you know what that means? The rugrats are awake. And you know what that means? They're in the kitchen. Running around. Asking me for things. Trying to sit...

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Peeling Eyeballs

July 15, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

It's 9:42 p.m. and I am just sitting down now to actually even think about cooking. Why is that? Well, because dinner took an hour and a half. The kids and I are a little burned out eating Indian food so I thought I'd give everyone a break and make veggie sandwiches. Simple. Easy. Right? Soooo wrong. The little monsters couldn't even eat that properly. The only way I got them going was by pulling out the eyeballs. Let me explain. Back in 1986 my parents gifted me with a trip to Vancouver for the World Fair. I stayed with...

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The Chicago Sun-Times Piece

July 15, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Many of you have already read the piece - thank you for taking the time. I really want to send out a huge thanks to the editor at the Chicago Sun-Times food section for giving me space and time to be creative and to tackle the subject of Indian Street Foods in such an in-depth manner. Most newspapers would never have given a reporter that much leeway. So thanks Janet for being so forward thinking and for your thoughts on your blog. I think the spread looks amazing - especially all the supporting stories about Indian restaurants in the South...

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Indian Street Food

July 14, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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For any of you that have been to India you know how amazing the food is on the streets. Granted you eat at your own peril, but it is so worth it. You can read all about my favorites in a piece that I wrote which will be published in the food section of the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday, July 15. What I wanted to do was take well known street foods like chana chaat (garbanzo beans) and aloo ki tikki (potato pattie) and show you how you can make them very easily at home. We didn't have room in the...

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The Experiment

July 13, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I'm not big into blogs, but I feel like the experiment that I've been conducting in my house over the last three years is worth sharing. My subjects are my two girls, now aged 6 and 4. Three years ago when I was struggling trying to balance motherhood with work and everything else that comes along with life, I stopped for a moment to think about where I was really headed. Yes, I loved work. I was the morning reporter for CLTV in Chicago and had been a business reporter previously for Bloomberg News, WGN and other stations. But, it...

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