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Monica Bhide is, hands-down, the D.C. region’s authority on Indian cuisine. She writes about it, teaches classes about it, and is now YouTubing about it. (Sorry for that reckless use of a noun as verb.) Her first foray into video is a timely segment tied to this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, which could, if there is justice in this fickle world, give the Best Picture nod to the utterly amazing Slumdog Millionaire. In her vid, Bhide offers a pair of simple recipes that will go a long way toward making this typically tedious telecast a lot more palatable: one for masala popcorn and another for a guava-ginger bellini.

By the way, Bhide also has a new book out, Modern Spice, which offers contemporary takes on classic Indian dishes. Hmm, books, classes, articles, video….why do I suddenly feel very lazy?