The Best Recipes of 2012

Spiced Chickpeas (Chana Masala)

Spiced Chickpeas (Chana Masala)

It is the food of the poor, the handcart-pullers. A simple chickpea stew, it is called by many names: chana, chole, hara matar when it's green. Its tartness comes from tamarind, pomegranate seeds, green mango powder, or lemon. It can be dry or wet, fortified with potatoes, tomato-red or almost black. Under any name, it feeds India. —Suketu MehtaPenny De Los Santos

From poppy seed strudel to Amazonian pasta and shrimp casserole, this past year at Saveur was rich with new revelations and rediscovered classics. Here's what we loved cooking best in 2012.