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Apparently I'm Fat!


August 05, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

This according to Vince. And no, not PHAT as in cool. Hip. Hot.But fat as in ingesting way more than I'm ejecting. Okay. And maybe he didn't put it quite that way. Here's what he did say - and this on my cell as I was waking down LaSalle street running errands this morning. For about another month he's still working news with a local station. He was covering the Lincoln Park muggings this morning from Clark and Fullerton. Vince: You know. I was looking at some old live shots of you from in front of the Cook County building...

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I Thought I’d Tell You Bout Julie & Julia But…


August 05, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Well, my buddy Joyce Sobczyk - the personal shopper at Bloomingdale's invited me to come to a sneak peak of Julie & Julia and then an after party at their homestore. If you haven't been to see Joyce yet you really have to stop in to At Your Service on the 4th floor of Bloomies. She'll find you anything you need in the store from clothes to furniture and it's all complimentary! The movie was good...um okay...ahhh way too close to my life right now for me to be really objective...the after party was a blast. The food was from...

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List of Key Indian Spices


August 01, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Most I speak to about making Indian food mentions their reluctance to even try cooking it because of the overwhelming number of spices out there. As I put the finishing touches on my spice section for my cookbook, I realize there are a lot of spices out there. But, for the beginner, it's just a matter of getting your hands on about 9 key spices: cumin, mustard, and coriander seeds, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, green mango powder, white salt and black salt. The rest you can add slowly as you go. The Chicago Tribune article on spicing...

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Varieties of Eggplant


July 31, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I am feverishly trying to finish the manuscript for my first cookbook. It was due today but my awesome publisher Doug gave me another few days. As I was working on rewriting the three eggplant dishes I plan to include I was looking for the official name of the small, round eggplants that we use in many Indian dishes. I came upon a great site that I wanted to share with you that lists all the different varities of eggplant out there. Check it out: Eggplant website. Maybe I'll post a recipe at some point...but first back to the book...

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Budding Journalists


July 30, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I have a confession. At about 8:30 tonight my two girls were not in bed. In fact, they were already an hour and a half past their bedtime. Instead of getting bed time stories they were talking story at the Pegasus Restaurant in Greektown. We were walking north on South Halsted to our car parked at a busted meter around the corner. Neha, my usually moody six-year-old was practially skipping as I lugged a large tin filled with all their art supplies - coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals, and Harry Potter. "Mom. Mom You know what? You know why I...

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Rajmah Recipe - For All You Fans!


July 27, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Recipes › Slow Cooker ›

The first one to try this recipe and post your feedback on this site gets an hour complimentary cooking lesson with me! If you post something non-Indian or different you did with the recipe that most of us wouldn't do I'll use it in my book! Spicy North Indian Kidney Beans Rajmah – North Indian version of chili or red beans and riceSlow Cooker: 5-quart round or ovalSettings and Cooking times: high 11 hours, makes 6-9 cups (depending on water added) Rajmah is the quintessential comfort food for Punjabis (North Indians). Ask anyone from that region and they’ll tell you...

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Put the Sexy Back in Your Crockpot


July 27, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Slow Cooker ›

Yeah, it's summer. But doesn't that mean you want to spend more time outside playing rather than over a hot stove or grill cooking? I'm going to defy crockpot logic and say summer more than ever is a time to pull out your good 'ole slow cooker. Especially if it means making/cooking authentic Indian food in mere minutes of prep time. If you want to check out some of my tried and true recipes send me an email. I'll be packaging the dry beans along with the spices for you. So, all you have to do is buy the fresh...

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Me at the Meat Counter


July 27, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Meat › Slow Cooker ›

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

Meat ›

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 › StoveTop ›

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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