Papeeta ka Chokha: Green Papaya Mash

20 Nov

Papeeta ka Chokha

A green papaya side dish that’s light, tangy and full of nutrition. Papeeta ka chokha asks of you only five ingredients and is a breeze to make (discounting the will it takes to peel the toughish skin).

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7 Potato Recipes You Must Try for Dinner

18 Nov

Potato Recipes for Dinner

Had enough of aloo parathas and aloo tamatar, wondering what new to cook for dinner with that big bag of potatoes? Here’s a collection of none-too-common potato recipes to go with an Indian vegetarian dinner. Some of these recipes are easy, some involved – all are guaranteed to get the crowd intrigued and hungry for more!

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Aloo Methi: Potato Fenugreek Stir-Fry

13 Nov

Aloo Methi

One of the joys of winter is getting to cook with in-season fresh fenugreek leaves. Lush green and fragrant, fenugreek leaves lend their distinct character to any dish they are part of (case in point: methi chhole). In aloo methi (potato fenugreek stir-fry), fenugreek leaves find a happy companion: the creamy earthiness of aloo makes a welcoming base for bitter green methi.

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Chayote Stew – The Easiest Chow Chow Recipe

4 Nov

Chayote Stew - Chow Chow Recipe

Chayote is commonly used in south Indian cuisine (here’s a nice kootu recipe), not so much in the north. It is not a vegetable I grew up eating and, even as I saw it everywhere in vegetable markets, I wasn’t enticed enough to try it.

Not until I read this about the taste of chayote in The Awl:

…sort of like a jicama: mildly sweet, incredibly crisp and juicy, somewhere between a potato and an apple, or a crisp pear.

That article called Eat the Chayote did, in fact, make me eat the chayote.

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Food Gift Baskets: 7 Ideas To Help You Shop

1 Nov

Food Gift Baskets

Gifting times are round the corner. As one foodie to another, let me unabashedly say – nothing compares to the delight of receiving a gorgeously packaged food gift basket during holiday season. Use these ideas to plan food gift baskets for fellow foodies, or to let your loved ones know what *you* want!

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Gobhi Sarson: Indian-Style Mustard Cauliflower

27 Oct

Gobhi Sarson - Mustard Cauliflower

Step aside, kale. Cauliflower is the new veg-lebrity. How pleasing it is to discover that one’s tastes are in keeping with the times. I am a huge fan of gobhi sarson, this Indian-style mustard cauliflower dish.

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