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Chitra Agrawal

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.

Beet Rasam with Lentils and Yogurt

Rasam is a South Indian soup that can be served many ways. This bright and flavorful rasam is made with bright, earthy beets, lentils, and yogurt. A dish served over brown rice makes it a great meal for Meatless Monday!

Roasted Delicata Squash Rings

That plate of fried onion rings can be pushed to the side. These roasted Delicate squash rings beautifully drizzled with color is what should be on your table tonight.

Red Currant Chitranna Rice

Chitranna is a South Indian lemon peanut rice and tart currants add a burst of tartness. With plain yogurt, this is a magical summer picnic food.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chili Fig Jam

Chili Fig Jam

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

Egg Curry Recipe

Egg Curry

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

Indian Curried Tofu

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

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