Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

 Baigan Bharta is an iconic dish that you’ve, no doubt, enjoyed at your local Indian eatery. It basically translates to “Eggplant with minced vegetables,” which is a description that hardly does justice to this delicious preparation. Complex, in a smoky, sweet, spicy, savory kind of way, Baigan Bharta thrills the taste buds, and lacking any … Continue reading Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

The 2012 World’s of Flavor Conference, Part 1: Inside the CIA

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the picturesque Napa Valley for the CIA’s 15th Annual World’s of Flavor Conference. No, I’m not a spy, and I’m not talking about that CIA, but rather The Culinary Institute of America, one of the country’s most well regarded cooking schools. Each year they assemble top chefs and … Continue reading The 2012 World’s of Flavor Conference, Part 1: Inside the CIA

Pan Asian: Classic Sindhi Lamb (Sind Siyala Gosh) – Maharashtra, India

There’s Indian food that you get at a restaurant, and then there are the regional cuisines of India–as distinct as the many different languages spoken in this diverse land. Prem  Souri Kishore does a great job of breaking down the latter in her new cookbook, India, A Culinary Journey (Hippocrene Books). Through insightful personal anecdotes … Continue reading Pan Asian: Classic Sindhi Lamb (Sind Siyala Gosh) – Maharashtra, India

London’s Best Asian Supermarkets — from The Guardian UK

I don’t usually post articles from other publications on my site, but I consider this a public service announcement for all the home cooks looking for hard-to-find ingredients in London town. When it comes to buying green finger chillies and rice wine, we Londoners have got it made. Flourishing Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese and Gujarati communities … Continue reading London’s Best Asian Supermarkets — from The Guardian UK