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Lentil Tikka Masala


2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon Garam Masala
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 quart tomatoes
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 cup red lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fine grain salt
Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Saute onion until translucent
  2. Add garlic, ginger, and spices, and saute for another minute
  3. Add tomatoes, and coconut milk, and simmer while covered 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat, and puree, then return to heat
  5. Add lentils, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, until lentils are tender
  6. Add spinach, cook until wilted, then serve, with chopped cilantro to garnish

Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 160 grams (1 1/3 cup) Flour
  • 37 grams (3 tbsp) white sugar
  • 6 gram (1 tsp) baking soda
  • 4 gram (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 6 gram (1 tsp) kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 275 grams (1 1/4 cups) buttermilk
  • 29 grams (2 tbsp) butter


  1. Whisk together dry ingredients
  2. Melt butter, whisk together with eggs and buttermilk
  3. Pour liquid over dry ingredients, stir to combine, then cook in frying pan or griddle

My Ideal Tomato Soup


  • 3 1/2 lbs tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic wrapped in foil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sherry
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juliened basil for garnish/finishing


  1. preheat oven to 450°F and line rimmed baking sheet with foil and wrap garlic cloves in foil.
  2. Spread Tomatoes in single layer on foil, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake until tomatoes begin to color, about 30 minutes. Allow  tomatoes to cool slightly, and remove from baking sheet to  a bowl, and remove roasted garlic from peel.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pot, melt butter and olive oil, bringing up to heat. Add onions and carrots, saute until soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and garlic to pot, stir and mix together.
  5. Add Chicken stock, and let simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and use stick blender to puree smooth.
  6. Stir in heavy cream and sherry, and add salt and pepper to taste. Add a pinch of smoked paprika if desired. Serve with basil garnish.


Saag Paneer


  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces paneer, (Indian cheese, either store-bought or made from my recipe, recipe follows), cut into 1-inch cubes, see Cook’s Note*
  • 1 lb blanched greens, minced in food processor
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred until smooth


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the turmeric, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons oil. Gently, drop in the cubes of paneer and gently toss, taking care not to break the cubes
  2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add the paneer as the pan warms. In a couple of minutes give the pan a toss; each piece of paneer should be browned on one side. Fry another minute or so, and then remove the paneer from the pan onto a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Add the onions, ginger, garlic and chile. Now here’s the important part: saute the mixture until it’s evenly toffee-coloured, which should take about 15 minutes. If you feel like the mixture is drying out and burning, add a couple of tablespoons of water.
  4. Add the garam masala, coriander and cumin. If you haven’t already, sprinkle a little water to keep the spices from burning. Cook, stirring often, until the raw scent of the spices cook out, and it all smells a bit more melodious, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach and stir well, incorporating the spiced onion mixture into the spinach. Add a little salt and 1/2 cup of water, stir, and cook about 5 minutes with the lid off.
  6. Turn the heat off. Add the yogurt, a little at a time to keep it from curdling. Once the yogurt is well mixed into the spinach, add the paneer. Turn the heat back on, cover and cook until everything is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Serve.Read more at: