Kichadi (Indian rice and lentils)

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Kichadi is an East Indian comfort food that features rice and lentils (or often split peas), and a variety of spices and vegetables. The combination of herbs and spices will fill your kitchen with a wonderful fragrance, and reward your tongue with spiciness that isn’t overly hot. This hearty dish is not short on ingredients, […]

Roasted Carrot & Fennel Soup

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This is a simple yet artful soup. While many pureed carrot soups call for ginger or curry, fennel, whose foliage, seeds and bulb can all be eaten, infuses the delicate aroma and flavor of anise (reminiscent of licorice and tarragon). As an added bonus, the carrots add a natural saltiness. Ingredients 8 large carrots cut […]

Tandoori Love Soup

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I call this “Tandoori Love Soup” because it’s very sensuous—the sweet and spicy tandoori seasoning (including saffron), shitake mushrooms, sweet yams, and fresh tarragon come together in a dish that is rich in flavor and diverse in texture. Tandoori seasoning is a fragrant, heady mix of aromatic spices. Orange- and red-colored seasoning mixes typically include […]

Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone is known in Italy as “the big soup” since it is thick with colorful ingredients. It has no set list of “must have” ingredients, but vegetables in tomato broth with beans and pasta is common. In this version, fresh fennel and fennel seeds are added for even more Mediterranean flair. Ingredients: ½ cup water […]

Hearty Lentil Stew

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As the rain rolls in, I roll out my soup pot! This hearty lentil stew is a perfect rainy-day meal all by itself. And it’s super easy to make. Lentils, potatoes and cabbage, mmm. I’m off to curl up with some stew! Ingredients ¼-½ cup water, for sautéing ½ large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves […]