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The Blog: Chitra Agrawal, of ABCDs of Cooking, is busy—she just launched a line of Indian condiments called Brooklyn Dehli, and she’s hard at work on her first book, From Bangalore to Brooklyn. On her blog she focuses on meatless recipes that use seasonal produce and Indian spices, like fresh lettuce dosa wraps filled with potato curry and coconut chutney, vangi baath (South Indian spice mixture) roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower or tomato achaar shakshuka.
You write often about your mother’s cooking. How is your food different from hers?
My mother grew up in Bangalore in South India and her cooking tends to be more traditional than mine. She also prefers using Indian vegetables and ingredients, whereas I take a lot of the recipes she has taught me and incorporate local vegetables like garlic scapes, kale, red currants and ingredients from different cultures, like tofu, quinoa, tahini and the like. Also, since my mother was brought up in a strict Brahmin household, she does not use any garlic in her cooking, but I love the stuff.