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Nirvaan Thacker

Nirvaan Thacker has been passionate about food and flavors since childhood. He completed his bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and management from the Culinary Institute of America. After working and staging at some of America’s finest restaurants, including Le Bernardin and The Modern in New York, as well as Tamarind in London, Thacker is back in India to continue his culinary journey. He is currently chef and partner at A2J Hospitality, which owns and operates Za’atar, a quick-service Middle Eastern restaurant chain in Mumbai and Pune, India; and Aglio, a delivery-focused pizza kitchen. He is a chef consultant for the plant protein brand Blue Tribe, and he recently helped launch a modern Indian tapas and cocktail restaurant in Amsterdam called Miri Mary.

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Roasted Beet Falafel with Chile-Lime Tahini Sauce

Easy to whip up and delicious to snack on, these herbaceous beet and chickpea falafels make for an eye-catching appetizer. Roasting the…

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Moutabal (Eggplant Dip)

Lebanese-style moutabal is a delicious eggplant dip that’s best served alongside pita bread wedges, fresh veggies, or oil-free falafels. While some recipes…

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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Pomegranate Seeds

While tabbouleh is most commonly made with bulgur wheat, you can make a gluten-free version using quinoa or another cooked gluten-free grain….

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