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Peanut Sesame Rice: 3-Ingredient Podi Rice

16 Aug

Peanut Sesame Rice

The southern states of India excel in the art of making various types of podi: literally ‘powder’, the word is used to describe ground dry spice blends. One really smart use of podi is as a ready-to-eat mix for plain boiled rice. Within seconds, a swirl of podi transforms plain boiled rice  into a fancy one-pot meal. The traditional podis I’m familiar with use a legume such as toor dal or chana dal as the base; this very simple 3-ingredient podi uses peanuts instead.  On days when there’s no time to cook a set meal of rice-dal-curry, this podi-based peanut sesame rice is a lifesaver.

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Dal with Raw Mango: Tangy Yellow Lentils

13 Jul

Raw Mango Dal

With garlic, curry leaves and ghee for company, dal with raw mango is like heaven in a bowl. What’s more, it doesn’t take much to give your workaday yellow dal this exotic tangy twist. Let me show you how.

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Methi Moongphali Chawal: Fenugreek Peanut Rice

8 Jul

Methi Moongphali Rice

A nutritious one-pot meal in which fenugreek, peanuts and ghee add their charm to rice. Methi moongphali chawal is just the answer for you if you *want* to consume fenugreek for its health-giving properties but find its – shall we say, "intense" – taste unpalatable.

This recipe is really quick to put together if you have the boiled ingredients and the spice base – methi chutney – ready beforehand. Do as I do – make a big batch of methi chutney, use it as side dish on Day 1 and in fenugreek peanut rice on Day 2. Ek panth do kaaj.

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Beetroot Paratha: Red Flatbread!

24 Dec

Beetroot Parathas

I know some who will not touch beetroot come what may. And so if you must feed them this fantastic food, you have to innovate. Hide it in ways that tame its taste. I present to you the gloriously colorful beetroot paratha, which has many a hater turn into a beetroot buff.

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Sookhi Chana Dal: Snack-Time Bengal Gram

7 Sep

Sookhi Chana Dal

A snack or side dish made of chana dal (Bengal gram) that capitalizes on this dal’s nutty taste. Sookhi chana dal needs very few ingredients and is easy enough to be put together by a kitchen newbie. Those who rely on instant noodles or packaged bhujiya for snack-time with the excuse "I don’t know how to cook" – prepare to shed that line!

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Chana Dal with Greens

24 Jul

Chana dal has a rich texture and a hint of sweetness in its taste when compared to other yellow dals such as moong or toor. These qualities make chana dal the perfect pairing choice with green leafy vegetables, especially greens that lean towards bitter.  For those who would not touch fenugreek chutney or chaulai saag, a smart alternate to get their dose of greens is by "hiding" the leaves in chana dal.

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