Neela Paniz’s Tandoori Shrimp, Cracked Wheat & Arugula

If you like Indian food, I can recommend a great restaurant in the Napa Valley. Neela’s is located in downtown Napa. I’ve eaten there twice with my colleague, Luci Sheehan. Neela Paniz, the chef-owner, serves fabulous contemporary Indian cuisine. She’s also an incredibly nice person. Luci and I first came across Neela at the Culinary … Read more

Suvir Saran’s “Not-So-Dull” Dal

I’m a fan of Indian food. And dal, I learned, has two meanings. It’s an ingredient: essentially split lentils or other split pulses such as beans or peas. Dal, made from the ingredient dal, is also a popular Indian dish.  Indian culinary guru Suvir Saran refers to dal (the dish) as his equivalent of chicken … Read more


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