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Lentil Fritters / Piyaju

Piyaju, Red Lentil fritters have a special spot in my heart.  I grew up eating these in my country Bangladesh, but it only came during a special time. Not sure where this originated from, but Piyaju is a special treat made during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.  I remember walking through the busy city streets of

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Kopi Bhaaji/Aloo Gobi (Spicy Cauliflower and Potato)

Kopi Bhaaji, commonly known as Aloo Gobi which is just the Indian translation, is a spicy cauliflower and potato stir fry. I grew up with this as a side dish or a breakfast dish, now as a grown up with time constraints, this has become a very common dinner item for me.  It’s super simple and

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Daal (Spicy Garlicky Red Lentil)

Daal is like my “chicken noodle soup”.  It is my go to comfort food for when I need some TLC 🙂  I have it when I’m sick, when I’m sad or just pissed off at the world … hehe.  Daal is a must have on any Bengali dinner table, so it’s also got a nostalgic

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Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice with Shrimp

This may look like your regular ol’ fried rice, but don’t be fooled, this is packed with unique, complicated flavors.  For starters, it’s very fragrant with spicy chili and minty thai basil leaves.  But fear not, I’m here to assure you that it’s not that complicated to make at all!!  And it takes only about 15 minutes

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Prosciutto and Brie Sandwich

You all know how I’m not into cold food… cold salad, cold noodles, cold cuts, yep I dislike them all.   BUT PROSCIUTTO, now that’s a whole different story. Now I can enjoy prosciutto straight outta the packet or in any which way served.  However, paired with something sweet and mild cheese, it’s just amazing.  This sandwich

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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic

Sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, basil…… how can you go wrong with that? This is definitely my go to recipe when it comes to pasta.  With just a few ingredients, this pasta is uber flavorful.  I’ve made this for a crowd or just lunch by myself and it just never disappoints.  It’s so light and just simply

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Cauliflower Puree with Caramelized Onion

This has become my go to side-dish lately.  I’m obsessed with it. To make it easier, I use frozen cauliflower, but you can definitely make it with fresh cauliflower.  This pair really well with anything from seafood to steak.  I top it off with the caramelized onion for some extra flavors, but it’s just as

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Stir Fried Okra

Okra, also known as lady fingers, is one of my favorite vegetables to serve an aspiring foodie.  I love to challenge them, if you can’t handle okra you can’t be a foodie… is that mean? People can be skeptical about this beautiful pod thinking it’ll be slimy and gross.  Not true!  If cooked the right

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Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Basmati Rice

Have this for dinner tonight… I’m serious! This meal is like bringing the Mediterranean and Indian culture together.  A “unique” combo, I know, but trust me it works beautifully.

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Mexican Corn

Doesn’t corn just scream summer to you?… it does for me.  Can’t have a summer party without some corn.  While I love just plain ‘ol corn on the cob with some butter, this just is such a crowd pleaser.  A bit spicy, a bit salty, a bit creamy… I can eat bowls of this.