Here's how to make some masala magic–on the healthy side. With the right seasonings, a potentially plain bowl of legumes becomes
supremely flavorful and comforting. The broccolini is not at all traditional to India–but delicious.
Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili recipe a deep, complex flavor. While it's
great right after you make it, it's even better the next day. Serve with warm cornbread for a complete meal.
Santa Cruz, California, cookbook writer and cooking teacher Andrea Nguyen based this fragrant, creamy coconut-milk curry on
one from James Syhabout's Hawker Fare, in Oakland. Use asparagus or green beans instead of bok choy if you like, and serve
it with steamed jasmine rice—or a warm baguette.
Western farmers grow all manner of lentils, including the green ones called French or lentilles du Puy, which cook up firm
and nutty. Combine them with root vegetables, kale, and squash for a deeply satisfying winter meal.