Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 1: I Love Aarti

As stated earlier, I want to be the next Next Food Network Star.

In the meantime, I am truly thankful that our gal Aarti Sequeira has joined the ranks of the culinary superstars.  Or at least, the ranks of the televised superstars.  Aside from the fact that she makes Indian food sound safe and easy and that she is so gosh darn ah-dor-ah-blay you just want to slap on a sari and chow down on some palak paneer with her, she, like your dear Improvised Chef, is a fellow Northwestern Wildcat.  What's not to love?!

And you would be stupid not to try her Massaged Kale Salad from the debut episode of Aarti Party.  Super easy to make, this simple salad of kale and mangoes is full of flavor and simply screams out summertime goodness.  It's so tasty in fact that I turned my regular batch into a double as soon as I tasted it, serving it with last night's grilled salmon.  The remainder became my lunch with the addition of the grilled chicken.

I apologize for no food photo.  I got so excited about lunch that I forgot to take one.


  1. I made the kale salad tonight for dinner. We loved it! I was rooting for Aarti all season. She is a natural, and her culinary point of view is unique among Food Network hosts. I wish her huge success ... and not just because she is a Wildcat!

    David Plunkett

  2. The name of the dish is weird, but it is so gosh darn tasty I can forgive the tactile title.
    Cannot wait to see what she cooks up next! Also, check out her blog