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Chitra writes the food blog, The ABCD's of Cooking, which chronicles her adventures cooking American Born Confused Desi recipes. When she is not recipe blogging, Chitra can be found hosting her online cooking show and a supper club featuring Indian-inspired, vegetarian cuisine. She also teaches cooking classes and sells Indian street foods (sometimes yummy Indian tacos!) at events and artisanal markets in Brooklyn. Her cooking has appeared in the New York Times Dining Journal and she is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Gojee, The Daily Meal and Brooklyn Based.

Spicy Tarte à la Tomato

Spicy Tarte à la Tomato

Turn up a traditional French tomato tart with a spicy Indian achaar twist. In this case, achaar is a tomato relish with Indian spices.…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds

Earthy butternut squash soup with ginger and roasted fennel seeds.…

Spiced Yam Latkes

Spiced Yam Latkes

This recipe calls for Kashmiri mirch, an Indian chili powder, but paprika will also work just fine to give these potato pancakes a kick.…

Spicy Bottle Gourd Coconut Chutney

Spicy Bottle Gourd Coconut Chutney

This spicy South Indian chutney can be treated like hummus - spread it on anything and everything for some added flavor.…

Tomato and Onion with Rock Salt

Tomato and Onion with Rock Salt

The title tells the whole story in what could hardly be called a recipe. But it's a suggestion worth taking as the complexity of rock salt carries this salad.…

Israeli Couscous and Mixed Vegetable Salad

Israeli Couscous and Mixed Vegetable Salad

You can sub in peas, celery, olives, green onion, radish or even a different dressing in this colorful salad.…

Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs

Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs

These scrambled eggs, known locally as anda bhurji, are a common street food in Mumbai served on a bun with raw onion.…

Spicy Tomato Rasam

Spicy Tomato Rasam

Tomato rasam is a South Indian dish similar to a spicy Italian pasta sauce that is eaten plain or over rice.…

Gooseberry Thokku

Gooseberry Thokku

This version of the spicy South Indian condiment is made with green and red gooseberries, which have different levels of sweetness.…

Stir-Fried Corn with Basil and Leeks

Stir-Fried Corn with Basil and Leeks

Summer corn is so flavorful it hardly needs anything at all, but a few well-chosen additions just brighten the taste. …

Green Yogurt Curry with Summer Squash

Green Yogurt Curry with Summer Squash

Enjoy a South Indian green yogurt curry recipe made from ground coconut, cilantro, green chilis and spices.…

Lemon Dill Rice with Cashews

Lemon Dill Rice with Cashews

The lemon and the dill give this rice recipe a nice summery taste. Try it out!…

Garlic Scape Coconut Curry Soup with Summer Vegetables and Tofu

Garlic Scape Coconut Curry Soup with Summer Vegetables and Tofu

Look at the garlic scapes as a cross between a green onion and garlic - fresh, crunchy and green with a subtle garlic flavor.…

Rhubarb Strawberry Indian Pickle

Rhubarb Strawberry Indian Pickle

This pickle goes really well mixed into rice and sambar, smeared on a sandwich with cheese, on the side with eggs or mixed into Asian noodles.…

Whole Yellow Peas Curry

Whole Yellow Peas Curry

This recipe could be done in parts where you cook the peas on a weekend or a week night and finish the dish on another night.…

Kale Yogurt Raita

Kale Yogurt Raita

The recipe is great to put on almost anything or just snack on throughout the week if it lasts that long.…

Cabbage Palya – South Indian Stir Fry

Cabbage Palya – South Indian Stir Fry

This stir fry just takes a few minutes to prepare.…

Instant Garlic Pickle

Instant Garlic Pickle

This garlic pickle recipe is a South Indian style, using mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and sesame oil.…

Chili Fig Jam

Chili Fig Jam

This jam is truly sweet and spicy, but you can vary the chili according to your taste.…

Curried Green Lentils with Mushrooms and Red Bell Pepper

Curried Green Lentils with Mushrooms and Red Bell Pepper

In Indian cooking, lentils are referred to as dal and usually cooked to a consistency thicker than a thick soup and eaten over rice.…

Shimi Ka Achar – Spicy Pickled String Beans

Shimi Ka Achar – Spicy Pickled String Beans

This is a quick pickle that requires mustard oil to get a really pungent flavor, along with a few ground spices, fresh onion, lemon and salt…

Spicy Butternut Squash and Dill Soup

Spicy Butternut Squash and Dill Soup

During the winter months, soup-making is second nature to Chitra Agrawal. Enjoy this spicy butternut squash and dill soup recipe.…

Indian Inspired Egg Curry

Indian Inspired Egg Curry

Serve this delicious dish over brown rice, with a little bit of Indian pickle.…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower in Vangi Baath Spices

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower in Vangi Baath Spices

This delicious roasted vegetable recipe with Indian flavors is a great companion to almost any dinner.…

Indian Spiced Eggnog

Indian Spiced Eggnog

Indian spiced eggnog is a new take on a holiday classic.…

Chili Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Chili Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

A delicious seasonal pasta with an extra kick from chili peppers.…

Indian Stir Fry – Sweet Potato and Feta Palya

Indian Stir Fry – Sweet Potato and Feta Palya

Chitra Agrawal with another fun take on a traditional South Indian stir fry.…

Beet Palya – South Indian Stir Fry

Beet Palya – South Indian Stir Fry

Try this deliciously beety take on a classic South Indian dry stir fry curry. …

Naan Weekend Breakfast Pizza

Naan Weekend Breakfast Pizza

Naan baked with homemade pumpkin sauce, sharp cheddar and parmesan and an egg on top.…

Masala Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Masala Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These spiced pumpkin seeds are great as a snack or sprinkled on salads, soups, tacos and yogurt. …

How To Sprout A Mung Bean

How To Sprout A Mung Bean

Chitra Agrawal with a step by step guide to germinating a mung bean.…

Egg Curry

Egg Curry

This egg curry is flavorful and fresh from fried Indian spices and seasonal tomatoes and eggs. …

Breaded Eggplant Pakoras Over Greens

Breaded Eggplant Pakoras Over Greens

A healthier and seasonal version of a favorite Indian appetizer, the eggplant pakoras.…

Video Recipe – How to Make Kosambri, South Indian Carrot Salad

Video Recipe – How to Make Kosambri, South Indian Carrot Salad

Check out the latest recipe video from Chitra Agrawal - Kosambri, South Indian Carrot Salad.…

Places We Love – Kapoor’s In Delhi

Places We Love – Kapoor’s In Delhi

A roadside snack corner in Dehli has become one of Chitra Agrawal's favorite places to eat.…

Cauliflower Kofta in Tomato Gravy

Cauliflower Kofta in Tomato Gravy

An inventive way to combine leftover veggies into a flavorful meal that's fun to prepare.…

Indian Curried Tofu

Indian Curried Tofu

This is a great go-to dish for a quick, flavorful side and is an awesome filling for vegetarian tacos.…

Video – How To Make South Indian Radish Yogurt Raita

Video – How To Make South Indian Radish Yogurt Raita

Chitra Agrawal video debuts on Honest Cooking with a "how to" guide to making radish yoghurt raita.…