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DomiCile: When you aren’t blogging what do you enjoy doing? Vaishali: I love reading, traveling, and going on hikes with Desi and Opie in Rock Creek Park or Sligo Creek Park. Opie is old now, so he walks rather slowly, but that gives us more time to enjoy our surroundings. I enjoy gardening, although I do not have a green thumb—I am too stubborn to give up though. And there are times when I love doing nothing at all— those are my favorite times of all because they are so hard to come by. DomiCile: Your blog highlights some awesome Indian spice blends. What do you recommend for heating up your winter meals at home? Vaishali: Spices are perfect for warming the palate on a cold winter night. For me, the perfect winter comfort food is my Dad’s “Not-Mutton” Mushroom Curry. I spun this recipe off a mutton (lamb) curry that my father would cook for the family each Sunday when I was growing up in Mumbai. It was traditional and delicious, and I really missed it after turning vegan. But the meatfree version is almost as good—I say almost because I am not as good of a cook as my father. This is a curry you can serve a carnivore, and they wouldn’t miss the meat. For a novice cook, I’d recommend a simple dish like my Easy Spinach-Mushroom Curry, which uses frozen spinach, canned coconut milk, and store-bought Sambar Powder, a spice blend from South India. You can throw it together in minutes. A purist might turn up their nose at this curry,

but it is absolutely delicious and a lifesaver for a busy cook. Serve over some white or brown rice for a fantastic, comforting dinner.

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