Asha Gomez
Asha Gomez

Asha Gomez

Restaurant: Cardamom Hill (Read a review) Location: Atlanta Why She's Amazing: Because her Southern American riffs on southern Indian cooking—using local ingredients like green tomatoes in bhajia (fritters), and peaches in chutney—is attracting Americans and natives of India alike. Culinary School: Self-taught background: Neem Tree Spa, Spice Route Supper Club (/sites/default/files/tlanta) Quintessential Dish: Pork Vindaloo How She Learned To Cook: "Where I came from (Kerala, in southwest India), it's just kind of the fabric of my culture. You learn how to cook. It was just part of our life. I watched my mother and three sisters create magic. I'm very rooted in Kerala cuisine and Kerala tradition." What Flavors Define Kerala Dishes: Fresh curry leaves, mustard seeds and coconut in all forms, including coconut oil. On the Spice Route Supper Club: For five years, she ran a luxury Ayurvedic spa where every treatment ended with a meal she cooked. After the spa closed in 2008, her clients would ask, "How do we get to eat your food again?" In answer, she started the supper club, intimate dinners at her home featuring the cooking of her childhood. "I never thought it would garner so much attention."
Riding the line between sweet and savory, these cornmeal cakes are great for breakfast doused with a generous splash of this sweet and spicy cane syrup.
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Cookbook author and chef Asha Gomez’s striking apple pie gets a glossy finish from melted jaggery, a deep amber sugar, and piquant cumin seeds. Save any extra glaze for a last-minute drizzle before serving. Slideshow: More Apple Pie Recipes 
Chicken Rice Pilaf
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Chef Asha Gomez calls her chicken pilaf a "one-dish wonder." You can swap out the spices, adding a little cinnamon or ginger in place of the star anise.
At her restaurant, Asha Gomez tops a cabbage stir-fry with fresh coconut, a Keralan staple. Home cooks can substitute shredded dried coconut (not sweetened) for the fresh kind; it's easier to find in stores.
Keralan Vegetable Stew
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To cook vegetables perfectly, Asha Gomez simmers each kind in a different pot, then arranges them on the plate. To make this lovely vegetarian stew, home cooks can simmer vegetables in a single pot for about 30 minutes. Slideshow: More Incredible Light Stew Recipes 
This warming curry has a good bit of heat to it; serve with lots of rice to round out the meal. Slideshow: More Great Curry Recipes 
Butternut Squash Basmati Rice
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Adding butternut squash and spices is a lovely way to jazz up rice. Slideshow: Great Butternut Squash Recipes 
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Butternut Squash Basmati Rice
Rating: Unrated
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Adding butternut squash and spices is a lovely way to jazz up rice. Slideshow: Great Butternut Squash Recipes