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

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

Kerala Curry….In A Hurry

  I first met Rollo and Ann Varkey at the Fancy Food Show in DC last summer. Among the glut of corporate exhibitors dominating the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center floor, they represented  a handful of real “mom & pop” operations, coming all the way from Pittsboro, North Carolina in hopes of getting national … Continue reading Kerala Curry….In A Hurry