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Customer Diversity and Inclusion SurveyPiedmont Grocery is preparing to involve our staff and managers in a series of staff developments focused on diversity and inclusion in our store. We would appreciate your feedback on the attached survey. Your responses will help our consultants, the Sacred Arts & Read more…

Tamarind Whiskey Sour

Tamarind Whiskey Sour cocktail on a table

There is no real tradition of mixed drinks in India like we have in the West. And, this Tamarind Whiskey Sour marries the flavors of tamarind with whiskey beautifully.

This fusion cocktail pairs well with spicy food, such as Indian cuisine. This is a special drink that is simple to prepare.

Tamarind Whiskey Sour Recipe
Adapted from Pixels and Crumbs
Yields one cocktail Read more…

Earth Day 2024

Photo of a glass globe on a mossy rock for Earth Day 2024

This year, Earth Day 2024 falls on Monday, April 22nd. And there are many ways to get involved. The Earth Day theme is Invest Planet vs. Plastics.

For Earth Day 2024, earthday.org is unwavering in its commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, Read more…

Neer Dosas

Neeer Dosas with chutneys served on a banana leaf

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The world of bread in India is an unending rabbit hole of textures, flavors, and preparations. Seriously. You could fill an entire year just working your way through them all. It’s a journey I would be happy to take.

Some breads you no doubt have heard of like naan and chapati. But, there are plenty of lesser-known regional varieties like litti that are hard to find locally.

Unlike the bread baskets on the tables of restaurants in the US, Indian breads are an important part of the meal, not just a filling accompaniment. Forget forks, Indian breads are usually how you get those flavors to your mouth.

While I would never refuse a fresh and piping-hot piece of naan, I do like to seek out other options when I can. My favorite non-naan? That would be a tie between chapati and dosas. But, puri are great too.

Dosas are very thin South Indian pancakes that are similar to crepes and are most commonly served with chutneys and Indian pickles as a snack. They are a favorite of mine both for their flavor and because they are a fantastic vessel for tasty vegetable tidbits, sauces, and even soups. The issue with dosas is that there are plenty of ways to make them, adding another level to that rabbit hole.

I recommend starting with the most basic version when trying something new at home. While the most familiar dosa batter is made from rice and lentils that have been fermented, a Neer Dosa is made from only 3 ingredients and is not fermented at all. This makes it much lower maintenance and a great place to start—because making dosas can take a little time and practice to get them right.

Just like their better-known cousin, neer dosas should be served with a wide variety of chutneys and pickled veggies.

Neer Dosas Recipe
Yields about 8 dosas Read more…