Aloo Paratha With Spiced Potato Filling

These crisp yet tender Indian flatbreads are stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potatoes, then griddled until crisp outside and warm within.


These crisp yet tender Indian flatbreads are stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potatoes, then griddled until crisp outside and warm within. Read More

Milk Creams (Indian Cashew Sweets)

Milk creams are a classic sweet served as little bites during the Christmas holidays in India. A mixture of sweetened cashews and milk are transformed into a soft dough that can be placed into decorative molds or shaped into discs.


Milk creams are a classic sweet served as little bites during the Christmas holidays in India. A mixture of sweetened cashews and milk are transformed into a soft dough that can be placed into decorative molds or shaped into discs. Read More

The Savory Power of Kala Namak, aka Black Salt

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he explores a savory super-ingredient to always keep in the pantry.

If there was one ingredient that I …

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he explores a savory super-ingredient to always keep in the pantry.


If there was one ingredient that I distinctly enjoyed from my parents’ kitchen growing up, it would be the salt kala namak. Sprinkling it over fresh fruit with red chile flakes or a bowl of yogurt with sweet tamarind chutney was delightful.

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The Umami-Rich Science of Nutritional Yeast, Marmite & Vegemite

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he’s introducing us to savory super-ingredients to always keep in the pantry.

Yeasts are one of the mos…

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he's introducing us to savory super-ingredients to always keep in the pantry.


Yeasts are one of the most powerful workhorses in research and the food industry. Simply put, yeast is a single-cell fungus that is round or oval in shape, sometimes looking like the cartoon character shmoo.

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Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun is a beloved Indian dessert consisting of fried balls of a dough made from milk solids and semolina, soaked with an aromatic syrup spiced with green cardamom, rose water, saffron, and more.


Gulab jamun is a beloved Indian dessert consisting of fried balls of a dough made from milk solids and semolina, soaked with an aromatic syrup spiced with green cardamom, rose water, saffron, and more. Read More

Why Do Onions Make Us Cry? And How Do We Make Them Stop?

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he’s unpacking why cutting onions make us weep—and what to do about it.

When it was time to decide on a…

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today, he's unpacking why cutting onions make us weep—and what to do about it.


When it was time to decide on a career, I debated on attending culinary school. My mother, however, wasn’t too keen.

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How to Debitter Olive Oil for Emulsions

Extra-virgin olive oil (and mustard oil) can lend emulsions like mayonnaise an unpleasantly bitter taste, but a simple trick can strip away all the bitter-tasting compounds.


Extra-virgin olive oil (and mustard oil) can lend emulsions like mayonnaise an unpleasantly bitter taste, but a simple trick can strip away all the bitter-tasting compounds. Read More

Do You Really Need to Wash Rice? Nik Sharma Has Thoughts.

If you’re like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it’s advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we’re asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, com…

If you're like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it's advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we're asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, comes out in October!) to put it to the test.


It’s almost an unconscious act for most of us. Before we cook many ingredients, we inevitably make our way to the kitchen sink to wash them. This does a lot of things: It rids the food’s surface from grit, dirt, chemicals, and bugs. But in some instances, washing also helps improve the quality of a dish, especially when rice is involved.

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