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Cookbook Giveaway: Masala Farm

The buttery crust for this Cauliflower, Chevre, and Onion Quiche is spiked with a little rosemary for unexpected flavor. Photograph by Ben Fink.

Just in time for March, when the weather is beginning to warm and daylight savings time is almost upon us, Masala Farm by Suvir Saran is a season-centric cookbook that will make you embrace springtime as you never have before. Suvir is the executive chef at Dévi in New York City, the only Indian food restaurant in the U.S. that has earned a Michelin Star; a chairperson of the Culinary Institute of America’s Asian Studies Program; and author of two other cookbooks, Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. In 2005, Suvir moved with his partner, Charlie, to a farm in upstate New York. Masala Farm captures their stories of farm living and great cooking.

Instead of traditional Indian dishes that you might expect, Masala Farm recipes include Western classics like risotto, burgers and banana pudding (Suvir is known for sprucing up Southern classics). With a little spice (or “masala”) and brilliant imagination, Suvir gives familiar comfort foods exciting new spins that are sure to liven up your meals.

Give a few recipes from Masala Farm a try today:
Cauliflower, Chevre, and Onion Quiche
Juicy Turkey-Cheddar Burgers
Banana-Caramel Pudding

Layers of flavor work together perfectly in this twist on banana pudding. Photograph by Ben Fink.

We’re giving away one copy of Masala Farm to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what comfort food you would (or do) spice up with your own spin?.

So, tell us, what dish do you like to spice up with your own spin?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 3:00 p.m. ET on March 9 and 5:00 p.m. ET on March 12. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $29.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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Comments (702)

  1. Laura Lafata posted 03/11/2012

    First of all, I'm really loving the surprise additions to the cheddar turkey burgers, Suvir. If you don't actually click on the recipe, you fail to see the peanut chutney and raita recipes, added bonuses as well as the addition of curry leaves to the burgers themselves (which I have access to fresh ones in season now!) Delightful, I'm glad I took a look.

    My idea to "spice up a comfort food" is for meatballs. Meatballs are very versatile, used as main dishes, apps and in soup, I make ricotta chicken in escarole soup, lamb and pistachio with yogurt tzatitki dipping sauce but the biggest hit are my Thai red curry party bites: pork meatballs with Thai spices including lemongrass, red curry paste, ginger and garlic in a sweet chile glaze.

    I am thinking I might need to get ALL of your cookbooks now, Suvir! They all sound divine!

  2. amy mayer posted 03/11/2012

    I like to play with homemade mac and cheese–adding roasted tomato or chipotles in adobo, or sundried tomato, charcoal grilled veggies etc……

  3. Laura Lafata posted 03/11/2012

    First of all, I'm really loving the surprise additions to the cheddar turkey burgers, Suvir. If you don't actually click on the recipe, you fail to see the peanut chutney and raita recipes, added bonuses as well as the addition of curry leaves to the burgers themselves (which I have access to fresh ones in season now!) Delightful, I'm glad I took a look.

  4. Laura Lafata posted 03/11/2012

    First of all, I'm really loving the surprise additions to the cheddar turkey burgers. If you don't actually click on the recipe, you fail to see the peanut chutney and raita recipes, added bonuses as well as the addition of curry leaves to the burgers themselves (which I have access to fresh ones in season now!) Delightful, I'm glad I took a look.

    My idea to "spice up a comfort food" is for meatballs. Meatballs are very versatile, used as main dishes, apps and in soup, I make ricotta chicken in escarole soup, lamb and pistachio with yogurt tzatitki dipping sauce but the biggest hit are my Thai red curry party bites: pork meatballs with Thai spices including lemongrass, red curry paste, ginger and garlic in a sweet chile glaze.

    I am thinking I might need to get ALL of your cookbooks now, Suvir! They all sound divine!

  5. Joan posted 03/11/2012

    It's fun to spice up dishes and I do many of mine. I have to agree with some of the other posters though Mac and cheese is one of my favorites to play around with.

    BTW those Turkey Cheddar Burgers have we wanting to win this book even more so I can see what other delicious goodies I can cook up from this book.

  6. Kaye posted 03/11/2012

    I have a recipe for a potatoes in a bechamel sort of sauce. When I'm needing some comfort, I tuck slices of a smoked sausage in between the potatoes. No longer vegetarian, but ever so yummy.

  7. dauphin posted 03/11/2012

    Carrots and Peas. I like to hit them with a little chili oil and fresh lemon at the end of the saute.

  8. Tracy Hoover posted 03/11/2012

    I love to spice up fried cabbage with cayenne pepper!!!! yuummm……

  9. mer posted 03/11/2012

    chicken soup. I add cumin, turmeric and fresh seranno chili

  10. Jule posted 03/11/2012

    Mac&Cheese – the ultimate comfort food.

  11. Mary M. posted 03/12/2012

    I would like to spice up my meatloaf and mashed potato dinner.

  12. Lori posted 03/12/2012

    I love to spice up my fried potatoes with smoked paprika.

  13. TBJ posted 03/12/2012

    i like to spice u[ simple things like chicken noodle soup.

  14. Lisa posted 03/12/2012

    Potatoes! They are kind of like a blank canvas. You can do SO much with them

  15. lingeron posted 03/12/2012

    love to spice up vegetarian shepherds pie!

  16. Glenn Stewart posted 03/12/2012

    So many dishes so little time!!!. One that amazes me is stews like braised short ribs…By building with spices you can make a simple piece of meat into a masterpiece. All you need is to pick some seasonal vegetables or some rice or mashed potatoes and voila!

  17. kedamono posted 03/12/2012

    I love to spice up several things, like steaks, chicken, but my favorite to spice up when I make my chili. I've done a lamb chili that was nice a spicy. I used a curry spice as part of the seasoning mix, along with fresh mint.

  18. Alison Campbell posted 03/12/2012

    Mac and cheese. It could use a kick.

  19. Patty posted 03/12/2012

    I spice up lots of different soup, stew and lots of other stuff. I have already order the book, very excited about it, but would love to win one for my son, an chef in the making.

  20. Mary posted 03/12/2012

    Chicken pot pie!

  21. Maria Ramm posted 03/12/2012

    I love to spice up my Roast Chicken with my special dry rubs, Always with the standard Kosher salt, black pepper and paprika. I change it up with cumin or thyme or oregano and mint. The result is a sensational bird! love to change up my spices!

  22. Marlene posted 03/12/2012

    Baked or roasted potatoes!

  23. Marissa Walter posted 03/12/2012

    I like to add fresh grated nutmeg to most of my dishes…in my greens, spinach, brocolli-rabe, and then my creamy a and red pastas: alfredos, vodka penne, bouiilase, meatballs and sauce, and of course in baking: where ever they ask for cinamon I also add some nutmeg (half of the cinamon measurement)

  24. Bethany posted 03/12/2012

    Alfredo. I love to add new veggies or proteins to it.

  25. JoAnn posted 03/12/2012

    I love spicing up the old cure-all, Chicken Noodle Soup. There's nothing that makes me feel more sick than eating bland food, and nothing that wakes up a stuffy nose like a shot of hot sauce or some ginger infused in the broth!

  26. Stephanie Scott posted 03/12/2012

    I like to make creative pasta dishes

  27. Jeff Blackwell posted 03/12/2012

    I like to spice up my hambugers. The choices seem endless. There's too many to mention here. I just use my imagination and I am sure not to disappoint my guests.

  28. Debra posted 03/12/2012

    Quinoa has become a new, healthy side dish. So fun trying new things and experimenting. My latest Quinoa Burger is so yummy!

  29. Macbezz posted 03/12/2012

    Meatloaf. A nice spicy meatloaf.

  30. linda posted 03/12/2012

    spice up chicken..so many different ways. thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Charlotte posted 03/12/2012

    My speciality is baked ham and I'm always changing it up with different spice combinations in the glaze.

  32. Meredith posted 03/12/2012

    A roasted whole chicken – I love coming up with new ways to liven it up.

  33. manu posted 03/13/2012

    i like to spice up my soups. it adds a longer lasting warmth and is good for metabolism.

  34. nik posted 03/13/2012

    Chickpea burgers…I like 'em feisty! Thanks!

  35. Anna posted 03/15/2012

    I would love make something fun with my meat sauce for pasta

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