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Saira Malhotra’s Victory At The Varli Cook-Off and Her Winning Recipe

By admin | April 11, 2012

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MarcusSamuelsson.com would like to send out a big congrats to our contributor Saira Malhotra for her recent win at the first ever Varli Cook-off! On April 6th, 2012, one day after the Varli Food Festival, Celebrity Chefs and Next Iron Chef competitors Jehangir Mehta and Maneet Chauhan hosted foodies, aspiring chefs, and lovers of all-things-Indian at the Varli Cook-Off competition.

Saira was one of the 8 participants in the fierce two-round competition that was judged by 4 internationally renowned and talented chefs and restaurateurs: Sanjeev Kapoor, Kunal Kapur, Prasad Chirnomula, and Rajesh Bhardwaj. Read More

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Five Dollar Food Challenge: Indian Halal at Desi Food Truck

By admin | March 27, 2012

Desi Food Truck

By: Michael Engle

In previous installments of the Five Dollar Food Challenge, I visited El Aguila and La Isla, two Spanish Harlem outlets that serve authentic Latin comida.  This time, I opted for a completely different experience.  Having recently given Tweat It a whirl, I learned that Desi Food Truck, featuring authentic halal Indian cuisine, was relatively close by in Harlem.  With a “paper Abe” in hand, I made the westward trek to Broadway and 113th in order to meet up with Desi Food Truck.

All of Desi’s offerings are reasonably priced.  While there are several $5 possibilities from this truck, the most expensive menu item–the non-vegetarian combo meal–will only set you back $9, including a soft drink!  Read More

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Fusion Futures for Fast-Food Chains

By admin | February 29, 2012

Photo: Min Lee

Photo: Min Lee

By: Michael Engle

Last year, I followed America’s Next Great Restaurant, a now-defunct reality show.  With Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Steve Ells among the judges, ANGR‘s objective was to sift through the show’s competitors and to find a marketable fast-casual restaurant.  Though a soul food restaurant won the show’s grand prize, including the resulting restaurant locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, I was personally impressed by a fast-food Indian concept, which finished as a co-runner-up.  Throughout the judging, a common question was asked of the Indian concept: “Do you serve Indian food, or are you Chipotle?”  Fortunately, these two approaches may no longer be so mutually exclusive.

The New York Times‘ John T. Edge recently profiled a new Denver-based fast food establishment, The Bombay Bowl.  The Bombay Bowl stays true to authentic Indian flavors, but takes drastic liberties with its presentations and combinations.  Adhering to a Chipotle tradition, this new Indian fast-food restaurant can take any protein, and place it in a bowl, on a plate, or in the middle of a roti wrap.  Read More

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The Ultimate Community Epicurean Experience: The Sikh Practice of Langar

By admin | December 7, 2011

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Photo: mercedesfromtheeighties

By: Saira Malhotra

To whom would you bestow the crown of being your favorite chef? (Besides Marcus Samuelsson, of course!) Is it a member of your family, a friend, a chef from your most visited restaurant or that trip you took last year to Santorini where Costas made those wonderful tomato Keftes? For people in the Indian Sikh community, their options go even further and many of them would agree that their favorite cooks can be found in the kitchens of the local Gurudwara; the Sikh place of worship.

Sikhs come from Punjab, a region in Northern India situated between the border of India and Pakistan. For Sikhs, religion is a very integral part of their life and many visit their local Gurudwara on a daily basis. Yet they aren’t just there for spiritual tune-ups. They are also there to perform their duties as member of the community and connect with each other.

Every day, the Gurudwara serves Langar – three meals a day to everybody, regardless of their faith. Read More

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Dial-A-Curry: Home-cooked Indian Food Brought to You

By admin | November 22, 2011

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Photo: anitasarkeesian

By: Saira Malhotra

Last week, Shivani Vora of the New York Times, India Ink, let us in on a very handy little community secret – Home cooked Indian food cooked in someone else’s home, but served at your dinner table. There are many Indian professionals living in New York City with a craving for home cooked Indian food. Their biggest challenge is that they are devoid of time and most Indian meals can require a labor of love. Curries that reflect layered cooking of pan roasted spices, caramelized onions, braised meats, gently simmered lentils and home-made fluffy chappattis are addictive and certainly yield the returns on the time that has gone in to preparing them.

Conflicted with the lack of time, but unwilling to compromise on their wholesome and balanced Indian meal, many families have found a loophole in the system: Dial-a-Homecook. Read More

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A Glimpse Into Indian Street Food: Interview with Chef Hemant Mathur

By admin | October 21, 2011

Photo: Hemant Mathur

Photo: Hemant Mathur

By: Saira Malhotra

Amid the towering corporate offices and New York City’s enthusiastic and multiplying energy lies a very serene locale ‘Tulsi’. Meaning ‘holy basil’, Tulsi is a plant that is worshipped in the morning and evening in India – could a name be any more fitting to this dining sanctuary? Mr. Mathur, a powerhouse in the Indian food scene is behind this culinary mid-town gem. Read More

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The Hindu Food Fasting and Spiritual Feasting: Karva Chauth

By admin | October 17, 2011

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Photo: arunjrk

By: Saira Malhotra

This past Saturday was Karva Chauth, the day I was awakened by my mother-in-law at the crack of dawn to eat sweets, Indian stuffed unleavened breads and fresh fruit. To know me is to understand that sleep is the single most important ingredient to get my day started the right way and to know me really well is to know that I am not a breakfast person. Why then, was this day any different? This is the one day in the year when Hindu ladies (particularly from the North) pray for the longevity of their husbands’ life by fasting from sunrise to moon rise.

Many cultures have some kind of fasting as part of their rituals. For the Muslims, there’s Eid, for the Jews, there’s Yom Kippur, for Christians, there’s Lent and for Hindus, there’s Karva Chauth. Read More

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