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Cauliflower, Green Beans, & Peppers with Sweet Potato

Cauliflower, Green Beans, & Peppers with Sweet Potato

Cauliflower, green beans, and peppers with sweet potato was a dish created by Ma and me, as we were trying to figure out what to make for dinner one night…  It’s not a traditional Indian dish by any means, but it has a nice combination […]

Cabbage Carrot Chickpea Fritters / Pakoras

Cabbage Carrot Chickpea Fritters / Pakoras

Cabbage carrot chickpea fritters, or pakoras, are a new recipe that Chi Friendly Eats has developed in celebration of the Hindu festivities going on this week. My in-laws in West Bengal are all having fun, eating good food, visiting family and friends, and giving thanks […]

Spicy Chickpea Curry

Spicy Chickpea Curry

Spicy chickpea curry…  it’s what I was in the mood for, so I whipped up this recipe today using ingredients I had around the house. I’m on my last week of a 28-day cleanse, so I’m still restricted to a list of clean, anti-inflammatory ingredients. […]

Grilled Artichokes with Pesto

Grilled Artichokes with Pesto

Grilled artichokes with pesto… it’s my latest addiction!  They are not only my favorite because they are delicious, but they are my favorite because they bring my family and friends together… It’s football season, and that means finger foods…  ones that allow you to sit […]

Triple Saag: Indian-Spiced Greens

Triple Saag: Indian-Spiced Greens

I just started a 28-day detox last week and my body was craving some leafy greens, so I figured it was time to make some Indian-spiced saag…. Ma taught me to make saag using spinach, which is quite traditional in Indian cooking.  But this time, […]

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberries and spinach pair so nicely together, and given strawberries are abundant at this time of year, I’m trying to find different ways to utilize them while the prices are low! This strawberry spinach salad is not only easy on the wallet, but it’s packed […]

Simple Indian-Spiced Summer Squash

Simple Indian-Spiced Summer Squash

Summer squash is beautiful and abundant during this time of year – green zucchini, yellow squash, Mexican zucchini, eight ball zucchini…  any of these varieties can be used for this recipe. I love buying produce that is in season – the fruits and vegetables are […]

Ma’s Everyday Tomato-Cilantro Red Lentil Dal

Ma’s Everyday Tomato-Cilantro Red Lentil Dal

Dal… it’s one of my favorite foods… My husband, Jeet, comes from India, so I have been blessed to learn Indian cooking through the  Bengali side of my family.  Most of those lessons come from my mother-in-law, whom I call “Ma.”  Ma is the youngest […]

Ayi’s Easy Avocado Toast

Ayi’s Easy Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is something everyone can make – its so easy; it doesn’t require a recipe… but it’s the story behind this recipe that I really want to share with you… “Ayi” means “aunt” in Taiwanese, and it’s what I call my mom’s sisters as […]

Balsamic Glazed Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Balsamic Glazed Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

   OK – now that you know how to make homemade pesto, let me show you how I like to use it… My family loves mushrooms – there’s something earthy and texturally satisfying about them.  Plus they cook up so quickly that they are a […]