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Hari Nayak

Hari Nayak
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Hari Nayak started his journey from the Culinary Institute of America.

Hari Nayak
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Roasting and Grinding Your Spices at Home

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Hari Nayak is a chef, restaurateur, and author as well as a culinary consultant in North America.

After working in India then traveling to the culinary institute, he went on to work in restaurants in New York, London & Paris.

When it comes to Indian food, the common misconception is that the preparation style must be complex. Hari has managed to elucidate that Indian cooking can be prepared in a simplistic style, with all the modern trappings, yet appealing to the common household cook at the same time.  Today, he is the author of My Indian Kitchen, Modern Indian Cooking, The Cafe Spice Cookbook, and Easy Indian Cooking

Latest Recipes

Tandoori Chicken Tikka with Lemon and Sage

This dish, loosely inspired by chicken tikka masala, an all-time favorite Indian dish in the West, makes for a very simple, yet satisfying meal. The bright avors of sage, lemon and garlic marry very well to give the chicken a unique avor.

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Roasting and Grinding Your Spices at Home

Learn how to toast spices at home with this easy-to-follow guide. Once you taste the incredible flavor of spices that have been toasted and ground fresh, you will never go back to the jars of stale spices in your pantry.

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Hot and Sour Chickpeas

This popular Indian street food with lightly spiced gravy is a hit when served with Indian breads. Serve this with Spinach and Thyme Roti Flatbreads (page 76) for a simple but delicious meal, or team it up with Cardamom Chicken (page 43) and Toasted Cumin Chapatis with Orange (page 72) for more elaborate fare.

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Homestyle Dal with Pumpkin

My grandmother was an excellent cook, and this particular recipe was one of her favoritesand mine as well. She traditionally made it usi...

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Veggie Sloppy Joe Pau Bhaji

Have you been looking for a recipe that's a vegetarian take on the beloved sloppy joe? Then this recipe for Veggie Sloppy Joe Pau Bhaji needs to be on your radar! This vegetarian recipe uses a generous assortment of vegetables, herbs, and spices, resulting in a hearty dish that can be served for lunch or dinner. Just place the pau bhaji on your choice of bread or rolls and serve with fresh-cut fruit or vegetables, and you're ready to eat!

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Café Spice Garam Masala

Garam masala, literally “hot spice,” is the most popular spice blend used in Indian cooking, It is the basic essence of Indian cooking. T...

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Shrimp and Mango Curry Kerala Jhinga

This is a wonderful seafood stew with coconut to which I sometimes add firm white fish, mussels, or clams. Serve over rice with a green s...

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