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Seasoned: The Impressed Cooking Journal for Adults is designed for our older readers who might have new cooking circumstances as a consequence of altering household constructions—or who may have recommendation for downsizing meals or managing a more-restricted diet or meals funds.

Within the fall 2019 difficulty, we share a bit about Nik Sharma’s culinary background, recommendation, and a few his flavorful recipes.

As a homosexual immigrant of coloration, Nik Sharma is in some ways the final word outsider. However along with his infectious ardour for meals and his sheer inventiveness on the range, he creates recipes that attraction to everybody. Rising up in Bombay, India, with a Hindu father and a Christian mom, Nik was launched as a baby to the mixing of culinary traditions and flavors. When he later hung out cooking along with his husband’s mom within the American South, he got here to know yet one more fashion of cooking. “I began to play with elements that have been new to me,” he says, “and reworked them with the strategies I discovered in India. My two distinct worlds have been coming collectively by way of aroma and style.”

All of this informs the vigorous, very scrumptious recipes he creates immediately. They function easy combos of flavors and textures that you could be by no means have considered however that appear completely proper as quickly as you style them. Sharma’s recipes are a testomony to the way in which through which new views can carry pleasure and enjoyable to the meals we cook dinner daily.

Nik Sharma’s Candy Potato Fries

Sprinkling these fries with crushed crimson pepper and a pinch of salt provides a extra concentrated taste in every chunk. The creamy, fresh-tasting basil sauce makes a tasty counterpoint. (Tailored from Season by Nik Sharma, with permission by Chronicle Books.)

Fingers-On Time: 20 MINUTES
Complete Time: 50 MINUTES


2 massive candy potatoes (about 1 pound whole), peeled and lower lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick sticks
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1/4-1 teaspoon crushed crimson pepper, relying on how spicy you prefer it
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion, for garnish (optionally available)
Basil-Yogurt Sauce, for serving (optionally available; recipe under)


1. Flip the oven on and set the warmth to 425 levels. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Put the candy potatoes, oil, crushed crimson pepper, salt, and black pepper in a medium-sized bowl and toss to coat evenly.

3. Unfold out the potatoes on the ready baking sheet and switch to the oven. Bake till evenly browned exterior and tender and tender inside, 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Take away the baking sheet from the oven and switch the candy potatoes to a serving dish. Garnish with the sliced scallion (if utilizing) and serve sizzling, passing the yogurt sauce alongside, in case you like.

Basil-Yogurt Sauce

This recent and flavorful sauce is nice with the roasted candy potatoes, however it’s additionally scrumptious with hen, fish, or any grilled vegetable. Or attempt it on high of a Greek-Salad Turkey Burger (recipe discovered on web page 9 of our fall 2019 difficulty of Seasoned). Observe that it wants to sit down within the fridge for a few hours after you make it for the flavors to meld. (Tailored from Season by Nik Sharma, with permission by Chronicle Books.)



1/Four cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup recent basil leaves
1 bunch scallions, trimmed
1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1 Thai chile or different small sizzling chile, seeded (optionally available)
1/2 cup chilly water, plus extra as wanted
1 1/2 tablespoons recent lime juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1. Put all of the elements in a blender and pulse on excessive pace till easy. Style and regulate the seasoning, if obligatory. You may add extra water in case you favor a thinner consistency.
2. Switch to a small bowl, cowl, and refrigerate no less than 2 hours or as much as 24 hours.

Cooking Takeaways

A lot of the warmth in chile peppers is within the seeds and the membranes that maintain the seeds. So if you need much less warmth, take away the seeds and membranes earlier than utilizing the chiles.

Greens which might be naturally candy, equivalent to carrots and candy potatoes, develop into sweeter when uncovered to excessive warmth. In addition they develop interesting bittersweet flavors because the sugars caramelize.

Along with combining various textures and flavors, attempt combining completely different temperatures in a single dish. In the event you serve the fries sizzling out of the oven and drizzle them with the cool basil-yogurt sauce, the interaction of temperatures could be very interesting.


Nik Sharma is the author, photographer, and recipe developer behind the award-winning weblog A Brown Desk. His weekly column, A Brown Kitchen, seems within the San Francisco Chronicle. His 2018 cookbook, Season: Stunning Meals, Huge Flavors, was nominated for a James Beard Award and was on “10 Finest” lists of the New York Occasions and 13 different publications.

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