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Chitra Agrawal
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Chitra Agrawal is the creator of The ABCD's of Cooking, Indian-inspired and vegetarian recipes based out of a tiny Brooklyn kitchen. Her cooking is rooted in Indian tradition but mixed up with influences from growing up in the US, living in New York City and what’s in season. Chitra shares her recipes on her blog, in videos and at cooking classes, events and artisanal markets. She has appeared in the New York Times Dining Journal (for her yummy Indian tacos) and is a contributor to Gojee, Honest Cooking, The Daily Meal and Brooklyn Based.

Chitra divides her time between the worlds of food and tech. When not cooking, she’s at BlogTalkRadio, an online talk radio station, where she is the Director of Marketing and on air twice a week.

Get in touch with her @abcdsofcooking

Entries by Chitra Agrawal

Rhubarb Strawberry Indian Pickle

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:11 AM

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'Tis the season for "what to do with my rhubarb?" Since my farm share has started, I've been receiving a pound of the stuff a week, wondering what to make with this oh-so-sour fruit/vegetable. Of course, there is always the possibility of the famous...

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South Indian Chickpea Salad

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:26 PM

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This is a recipe I based off of usali, a South Indian bean salad. Usali is usually made from kala chana or black chickpeas. You can buy them dried and they have a nice earthy flavor to them. The downside though is that they...

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Kale Yogurt Raita: A Seasonal Play on a Classic Indian Side

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:22 AM

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I don't know why I didn't think of this recipe sooner because I love spinach yogurt raita so much, which is a similar idea. Traditionally, yogurt raita is served as a side to go along with rice, bread, curry or lentils and...

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Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) Enchiladas

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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I recently took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico with my family to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. While there, I consumed an insane amount of enchiladas and learned a lot about the local chiles. If you eat authentic New Mexican food, you...

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Cabbage & Paneer Stir-Fry

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:31 AM

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This cabbage & paneer stir-fry is my play on the popular palak paneer (spinach & cheese) or saag paneer (mustard greens & cheese), but made with cabbage, which is in season now, instead of spinach or greens. When I teach my cooking...

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Radish Yogurt Raita (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 8:49 AM

Raita is an Indian yogurt dish that can be made with many different types of vegetables - cucumber, tomato, potato, spinach, but radish is one I come back to over and over again. I never would have thought to put radish in this dish if not for my mother giving me the idea.

In this video, I'm demonstrating her radish yogurt raita recipe, which is made in a South Indian style. It calls for coconut and also tempered spices of black mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chili that you pour over the yogurt at the end. The dish is cooling and is nicely balanced by spicy and sweet flavors.

Radish is one of those vegetables that you buy in a bunch and rarely use all at once, so I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate it into dishes. This recipe is one of my staples for when I have some extra ones lying around. You can eat the raita in a variety of ways - as a side to a curry and roti, mixed in with rice, or just by itself.

This video originally appeared on The ABCD's of Cooking and was shot by Alana Lowe and Paul Helzer of Cooking by...

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Spiced Butternut Squash & Dill Soup

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:02 AM

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During the winter months, soup-making is second nature for me and a way of using many of the winter vegetables I find at the farmer's market. I realized though that most of the really flavorful homemade Indian soups I grew up eating were actually...

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Indian Spiked Eggnog

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:48 PM

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If you're looking for an alternative to the usual eggnog recipe, this could be it.

Eggnog has always fascinated me because my parents never made or served it. In our house, the most similar Indian drink was lassi, which is made from yogurt and...

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7 Flavorful Vegan Recipes That Are Good for You

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:54 PM

It's a common misconception that vegan dishes are always healthy. I've been a vegetarian all my life and am all too familiar with the one option on the menu I can order at most restaurants, which is usually quite carb heavy, fatty or just plain deep fried. Don't get me...

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Masala-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 11:19 AM

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I don't think I've roasted pumpkin seeds since I was really young. Although it seems like a very American thing to do, I remember my grandmother when she lived with my family in New Jersey actually roasting the seeds for our family. She is...

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