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Photo of Akasha Richmond

Akasha Richmond

Akasha Richmond is one of Los Angeles' most respected women chefs and is highly skilled in several international cuisines, including Indian, Italian, Moroccan, traditional Jewish cooking and more. Her passion for organic, sustainability produced, and authentic ingredients takes her around the world to source and incorporate these ingredients into the menus at her restaurant, AKASHA.

Expertise: Chef, Author, Recipe Development, Farmers' Market Advocate

Experience: A self-taught chef, Akasha Richmond has always been inspired by the cuisines encountered on the road, connecting these flavors with influences acquired during her many international culinary explorations—India, Southeast Asia, Italy, Bali, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Mexico. These inspirations helped her create AKASHA, her first restaurant, which she opened with husband Alan Schulman in 2008.

Akasha is the author of two cookbooks: "Hollywood Dish", a book filled with experiences and recipes from her time as a personal chef to the stars, was published in 2006. Her second book, "The Art of Tofu", a collection of vegetarian dishes, was published in 2012.
This rich-tasting black rice from chef Akasha Richmond is fragrant with cardamom. Slideshow:  More Rice Recipes 
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L.A. chef Akasha Richmond spices these fragrant Indian-style stewed lentils with cumin, ginger and bay leaf. Slideshow:  More Indian Recipes 
Ginger Turkey Meatballs
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Chef Akasha Richmond uses only six ingredients to make her Indian-style meatballs, including sambar masala, the aromatic Indian spice mix. Slideshow:  More Indian Recipes 
Masala Prawns
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L.A. chef Akasha Richmond marinates shrimp in a punchy mix of spices, shallots, ginger and lime before grilling. Slideshow:  More Indian Recipes 
L.A. chef Akasha Richmond amps up the flavor of brown basmati rice with coconut milk, turmeric and fresh mint.   Slideshow:  More Indian Recipes 
Vegan Enchiladas
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Akasha Richmond stuffs her enchiladas with squash, mushrooms, kale and corn, then tops them with a tangy tomatillo sauce and rich cashew crema.More Vegan Main Dishes
Red Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf
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Akasha Richmond’s cauliflower-flecked pilaf is a fantastic, healthy meal in one dish. Chopped Marcona almonds add a super crunch; coconut oil, an unexpected tropical flavor.More Recipes with Quinoa
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At Akasha in L.A., chef Akasha Richmond prepares a sweet-and-spicy glaze for ham using house-made pomegranate-jalapeño jelly. An easier alternative: doctoring store-bought jalapeño jelly with pomegranate juice. More Holiday Recipes
These delicious, hearty vegan lettuce wraps star roasted tofu, tangy papaya salad and crunchy cashews.More Delicious Vegan Recipes
Red Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf
Rating: Unrated
New!
Akasha Richmond’s cauliflower-flecked pilaf is a fantastic, healthy meal in one dish. Chopped Marcona almonds add a super crunch; coconut oil, an unexpected tropical flavor.More Recipes with Quinoa
At Akasha in L.A., chef Akasha Richmond prepares a sweet-and-spicy glaze for ham using house-made pomegranate-jalapeño jelly. An easier alternative: doctoring store-bought jalapeño jelly with pomegranate juice. More Holiday Recipes
These delicious, hearty vegan lettuce wraps star roasted tofu, tangy papaya salad and crunchy cashews.More Delicious Vegan Recipes