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Crispy Mushroom and Tofu Curry

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I’m excited about the coming trip. It’s that time of the year again when we can drive down south to visit our family in Kerala. As usual, I will be getting something for the kids, Yaseen’s cousins. My in-laws don’t encourage us to spoil them, but we can’t help because we want to do just

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Split Lentil and Kale Stew

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I used to hate vegetarian food to the point that I would be really upset when I had to be in all-vegetarian restaurants. Meat was such a big part of the food I grew up eating. I thought a meal without animal proteins was incomplete and unfulfilled. Living in India has changed my perspective about

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Kaeng Som Pla Tu

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One of my favorite parts about cooking is the fragrance of the food. I grew up eating fresh homegrown produce. I remember how we rarely purchased any ingredients other than fish sauce and occasionally seafood. Fresh herbs were picked in a garden behind the house. They were galangal, lemon grass, Thai ginger, kaffir lime leaves,

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Thai Green Curry with Tofu, Bamboo Shoot and Mushroom

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When I was a kid, the idea of vegetarian food was ridiculous. I didn’t think it was possible, especially in Thai cuisine where meat is such a important element in most dishes, and the most important condiment like fish sauce is prominent in every savory dishes. I thought that Thai vegetarian food was unrealistic. Today,

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Dal

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Dal is a dried lentil that has been split, hull removed. There is an abundant variety of dal in India. Dal is also a comforting dish made by cooking dried split pulse until it becomes the delightful thick gravy. The simple flavor of dal is grown on me. I am loving it so much I

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Thai Green Prawn Curry with Eggplants

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When you crave a home food in a foreign country, it’s not easy to find one exactly like what your mom makes. In India, most of the time when I order Thai food in the restaurants, I always find a little extra something undesirable in the dish. For example, the curries here are way thicker

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Chicken Red Curry with Bamboo Shoot

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Lately, I’ve been day dreaming about my childhood, when the world was simple and full of adventure. I love every part of this memory, but most especially, I adore anything that involves going to the forest. Like wild mushroom picking, finding bamboo shoots on the mountains was so much fun. On the weekend, my mom

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Stir Fried Chicken with Pea Eggplants and Kaffir Lime Leaves

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When I was a kid, my parents always asked me to pick some pea eggplants from our garden for them. I hated it dreary because not only the shrubs of pea eggplants are covered with sharp spines, but the taste of these green berries is awful, bitter and unpleasant. I never understood why my mom

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Thai Chicken Yellow Curry with Rice Noodle

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This time of the year, when I visit the local markets, I smell something lovely— that fresh mint, a little bit of that earthy dill and the pungent aroma of coriander leaves. Everything was fresh like they have just shot from the ground. I feel like my kitchen has been blessed when I place these fresh

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Thai Prawn and Pumpkin Curry

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Have you ever disliked eating something in your childhood but ended up liking it now? There are so many things like that in my case. Bitter gourd, Chinese broccoli, winter melon and so many other veggies used to be in my hate-list, but now they are what I enjoy eating very much. Pumpkin was one

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