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Chutneys, pickles, raitas to accompany an Indian meal.

Dahi Vada – Instant Mix Method

8 Nov

Dahi Vada, Poori, Channa Masala

Dahi vada (lentil dumplings in yogurt) is standard fare at our place during the festive season. Come Diwali or Holi, dahi vadas are made in big batches and laid out as snack for visitors during the day, along with chhole and sweets. At night, dahi vada is had on the side with poori sabzi. Dishfuls that stock the fridge in the morning are seldom left over for the next day.

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Tomato Pickle in Mustard Oil and Vinegar

12 Oct

Tamatar ka Achar: Tomato Pickle

This sharp and tangy tomato pickle works beautifully as a dip for stuffed parathas.

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Mooli Chutney: White Radish Chutney

28 Aug

Mooli Chutney

You can play "guess the secret ingredient" with this mooli chutney (white radish chutney) recipe. When cooked and blended with other ingredients, white radish sheds its sharp sting, taking on a gentle pungency instead. The end result is an exotically flavorful chutney.

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Methi Dahi: Fenugreek Flavored Yogurt

8 Aug

Methi Dahi with Indian Meal

Fenugreek seeds (methi) are packed with nutrients and healing properties – no surprise that Ayurveda swears by them. But as it happens with most things are good for you, fenugreek seeds are hard to like. In Indian cooking, fenugreek seeds are usually added in tadka and then picked out by most people (self included), never to be eaten.

I have recently discovered a trick to make these bitter brown devils palatable. This methi dahi (fenugreek flavored yogurt) recipe uses a generous amount of fenugreek seeds without rendering the final dish overly bitter. Here’s how.

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Bhindi Bhujiya Besanwali: Fried Okra Discs

26 May

Bhindi Bhujiya Besanwali: Crisp Okra Discs

Bhindi bhujiya besanwali, with its crunch and bite, appeals even to those who turn their noses up at okra in other forms. Perfect on thes side with rice and dal.

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Coconut Curry Leaves Chutney

23 Apr

Coconut Curry Leaves Chutney

A chutney packed with the goodness of fresh coconut and curry leaves. Great on the side with dosa or idlis.

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Sattu Chokha: Comfort Food from Bihar

16 Apr

Sattu Chokha Balls

Mid-April each year, the harvest festival (or the start of the regional New Year) is celebrated round the country in diverse ways. Punjab has its Baisakhi, Kerala its Vishu. Bihar welcomes the season with Satuaan (सतुआन), also called Satuaa Sankranti (सतुआ संक्रान्ति).

The prefix ‘satuaa-‘ comes from ‘sattu‘ (roasted Bengal gram flour), a staple food in Bihar. For Satuaan, it is customary to eat a meal with sattu as its star item. The festival ushers in the summer season, so associating sattu-eating with it follows sound logic: sattu’s cooling properties are an effective antidote to heat.

We keep up with tradition by having sattu in some form on the occasion. This year, we had sattu chokha.

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