Indian Feast (and practice with the Instant Pot)

Indian Feast (and practice with the Instant Pot)

Clockwise: Green beans with shaa jeera, chana masala, mung bean dal, butter chicken. Saturday night, the five of us sheltering together decided on an Indian feast for Sunday, with lots of cooking. I'd had some Rancho Gordo garbanzos soaking. I'd also been eager to make my mung bean dal. We also wanted to put our Instant Pot to work, having given the famous Instant Pot butter chicken recipe a. go (it was OK but we felt it was lacking in flavor. And something green—beans, seasoned with the beguiling spice shaa jeera, sometimes called black cumin, which tastes like a smoked version of cumin. All recipes below, served with rice and papadums. We...

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I write books (more than twenty now), mostly about food and cooking, half with chefs, some non-food non-fiction books (wooden boats, the fascinating world of pediatric heart surgery), and a lot of opinions here on the fundamental importance of food and cooking to our families, our communities, our world. I also make smartphone apps, kitchen tools, do TV, public speaking, and help raise my family. See my wiki page for the nuts and bolts. Most recently three novellas called In Short Measures (Fall 2015) and Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America (Spring 2017).