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Gulab jamun at Rangoli: Sweet of the Week:

Gulab jamun at Rangoli:   SEE FULL STORY   “A dessert that will delight the child in you.” So goes the menu description for the gulab jamun at Rangoli on the edge of Humboldt Park. One of the most surprising restaurants in the neighborhood, a part of town not necessarily known for its vindaloo, Rangoli […]

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes Deeming by the incessant fanaticism for food reality shows — shooting you a stink-eye, Top Chef — it’s no surprise that people love to watch food programming. There’s just something about getting behind the scenes with the people who prepare food that elicits awe and excitement. For something so […]

Friday food porn: Long and flavorful

Along with its global selection of desserts, Gur Sweets Bakery in Elmhurst also serves savory dishes, such as this chicken biryani, an Indian pilaf made from chicken cooked slowly with fresh Indian spices and layered with caramelized onions, cilantro green chiles and the long, slender grains of aromatic basmati rice, then served with house-made yogurt […]

Nosh and bike with the Active Transportation Alliance

“Bike, eat, repeat.” The Active Transportation Alliance sponsors “Four-Star Bike & Chow,” a biking smorgasbord across the city and suburbs with stops for pierogies, samosas, spring rolls, BBQ sliders and Goose Island beer on Sunday, August 25. Four bike routes of different lengths, designed for riders at all levels, feature bike-friendly streets and trails on […]

Eat this! Curry, a saucy blend of flavors

What it is: Although to most Americans, “curry” implies a dish made with a yellow-hued spice blend, in India, it means “gravy,” and applies to a wide range of saucy, typically highly seasoned recipes. Where it comes from: Curries originated in South Asia. “Curry powder,” a blend of seasonings that get their yellow color from […]

Find out about curry

What is Indian curry? Maybe not what you think. Chicago author and teacher Anupy Singla presents “What’s Your Hurry? Enjoy Our Curry!” an explanation of the intricacies of true Indian curries at a public meeting of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts on […]

Celebrating the history of drink in India

Wine and Indian food? Yes! The Eneri Access Series, with Indian Harvest Chef/Owner Sanjeev Pandey presents a dinner pairing wine and Indian fare at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Naperville restaurant. Colleen Taylor Sen, author “Curry: A Global History” and other books, will speak on the history and changing attitudes towards wine and […]

20 Chicago cheap dates for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to lay out a bundle on a party package. Have fun at these spots for under $30 per person. AJ Hudson’s Public House, Wrigleyville, no cover. Toast the New Year as it hits the United Kingdom at 6 p.m. CST, and then again, stateside, at midnight, with Champagne […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Friday food porn: Spicy roll

Braised lamb in a curry reduction, finished with pickled onions and fresh cilantro chutney and wrapped in flatbread, $5.99, at the Loop’s new fast-casual Indian lunch spot, Bombay Wraps.