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The Occasional Vegetarian's Spinach Saag with Spiced Potato Balls

This recipe elevates an already great saag by adding alu kofta, little deep-fried balls of mashed potatoes tinged yellow with turmeric and spiced with chiles, ginger, and garlic. Crisp on the outside and creamy within, these potato balls have the same just-can't-stop-eating-'em goodness as another deep-fried potato-y treat: Tater Tots. Indian-inspired Tater Tots over Indian-accented creamed spinach? Yes, please. More

The Occasional Vegetarian's Bihari Green Beans Masala

It starts with the combination of green beans and almonds (anyone else reminded of green beans almondine?) then employs a palette of spices you probably already have on hand: cumin, paprika, coriander, and red chile flakes. Toasted with onion and garlic then simmered in coconut milk with stubby little green beans, this simple recipe leaves you with a rich dish of spicy-creamy beans that are just waiting to be spooned over a steaming plate of basmati rice. More

The Occasional Vegetarian's Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Apple with Candied Walnuts

These Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Apple with Candied Walnuts were created by Carmen Quagliata, chef of New York's fantastically Greenmarket-centric Union Square Cafe for The Occasional Vegetarian. Instead of enriching the cabbage-y sprouts with salty, porky flavors, this recipe pairs their slight bitterness with chunks of sweet winter apples, butternut squash, crunchy candied walnuts, and maple syrup. More

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