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Madhulika Shroff of Sands Point carries aloo tikkis (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Madhulika Shroff of Sands Point carries aloo tikkis stuffed with paneer during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Meet the New York Masala Mamas

The New York Masala Mamas gather at the Syosset home of member Ekta Patel. The group gets together monthly at a different member's home for a cooking demonstration and dinner.

The New York Masala Mamas, all of whom
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The New York Masala Mamas, all of whom have a connection to Long Island's vibrant Indian-American community, gather every month at a member's home for a cooking demonstration and dinner. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Host Ekta Patel holds a platter prepared for
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Host Ekta Patel holds a platter prepared for the Masala Mamas gathering at her Syosset home. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Kalpana Doshi of Sands Point arrives with her
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Kalpana Doshi of Sands Point arrives with her home-cooked damni dhokla. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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Damni dhokla is served during a Masala Mamas
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Damni dhokla is served during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Madhulika Shroff of Sands Point carries aloo tikkis
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Madhulika Shroff of Sands Point carries aloo tikkis stuffed with paneer during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Masala Mamas, from left, Sherril Sharma of Melville,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Masala Mamas, from left, Sherril Sharma of Melville, Shalini Vohra of Old Brookville and Sonia Banani of Manhasset Hills. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Members of the Masala Mamas, from left, Deepa
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Members of the Masala Mamas, from left, Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills, Sherril Sharma of Melville, Harshila Malhotra of Old Brookville, Ekta Patel of Syosset, Ena Johar of Oyster Bay and Vandana Samuel of Dix Hills get together every month at a member's home for a cooking demonstration and dinner. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Mango smoothies, made by Deepa Ipektchi of Dix
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Mango smoothies, made by Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills, are served at a Masala Mamas gathering. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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Masala Mamas, from left, Sherril Sharma of Melville,
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Masala Mamas, from left, Sherril Sharma of Melville, Donna Dholakia of Melville and Jiya Chatrath of Port Washington. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Phirni, an Indian rice pudding, is spiced with
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Phirni, an Indian rice pudding, is spiced with cardamom and saffron. (Sept. 24, 2013)

A traditional Indian platter with, clockwise from top
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A traditional Indian platter with, clockwise from top left, roti, raita, kerala chicken, chole, aloo tikkis stuffed with paneer, damini dhokla, tandoori chicken, paneer makhani, Sindhi kadhi, kale salad, rice and dal. (Sept. 24, 2013)

The Masala Mamas during a gathering in Syosset.
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The Masala Mamas during a gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Ena Johar of Oyster Bay Cove stirs paneer
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Ena Johar of Oyster Bay Cove stirs paneer makhani at a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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From left, Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills, Simran
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From left, Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills, Simran Kalra of Muttontown and Madhulika Shroff of Sands Point during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills serves mango smoothies
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Deepa Ipektchi of Dix Hills serves mango smoothies at a Masala Mamas. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Boondi, a dish made of chickpeas in a
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Boondi, a dish made of chickpeas in a yogurt sauce, is served at a Masala Mamas gathering. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Tandoori chicken is served at a Masala Mamas
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Tandoori chicken is served at a Masala Mamas gathering. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Aloo paratha, a bread stuffed with a potato
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Aloo paratha, a bread stuffed with a potato filling, is served during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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Sonika Nanda of Manhasset watches Ena Johar of
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Sonika Nanda of Manhasset watches Ena Johar of Oyster Bay Cove cook paneer makhani during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

A mango soup is served during a Masala
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A mango soup is served during a Masala Mamas gathering in Syosset. (Sept. 24, 2013)

An Indian spice box holds some of the
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An Indian spice box holds some of the various spices used in Indian cooking. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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