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Who's everyone's favorite Next Food Network Star? Aarti, of course! And best of all: she's actually awesome. Make her delicious everyday recipes from her new cookbook, Aarti Paarti, streaked with Indian and Middle Eastern influence, and enjoy her stories while you're at it. Indian spiced pork chops? You bet.  

Who's everyone's favorite Next Food Network Star? Aarti, of course! And best of all: she's actually awesome. Make her delicious everyday recipes from her new cookbook, Aarti Paarti, streaked with Indian and Middle Eastern influence, and enjoy her stories while you're at it. Indian spiced pork chops? You bet.  

Say the word “pork” to a Mangalorean Catholic and you might just see their mouth begin to water, and perhaps a tear come to their eye. Okay, perhaps I exaggerate, but only to stress how beloved this meat is to our community! It’s always served on special occasions, from weddings to Christmas Day. We considered ourselves quite lucky to grow up in Dubai, where despite living under Muslim law, which designates pork as unclean, it was still allowed to be sold to non-Muslims. Other countries in the Middle East weren’t so lenient! If you’re not a pork-eater, don’t skip this brine. It’s wonderful on bone-in chicken and turkey!

Reprinted with permission from Aarti Paarti