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Recipes that use herbs and spices as a key ingredient.

Bhuni Hari Mirch: Green Chili Fry

19 Jan

Green Chili Fry - Bhuni Hari Mirch

Like hot spicy food? Green chili fry (bhuni hari mirch) is a star in that genre – coated with spices, quickly cooked in mustard oil, a bit of green chili fry on the side with an Indian meal will give your taste buds a delightful fiery kick.

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Gobhi Kasoori Methi: Cauliflower, Fenugreek and Dried Cranberries

6 Jan

Gobhi Kasoori Methi

I like to balance bitter with a hint of sweet: some jaggery in methi chhole, sauteed pineapple on the side with methi chawal. In this gobhi kasoori methi (cauliflower and dried fenugreek) recipe, I turn to dried cranberries for the balancing act. I love the result! Do you?

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Mooli Lachha Sabzi: Grated Radish Stir Fry

22 Dec

Radish Stir Fry

White radish, crisp and juicy, is in season. I like radish but can’t have much of it raw. More than a couple of bites, and I’m left nursing a stinging sensation and – if it’s a particularly potent specimen of the vegetable – watery eyes.

I wasn’t a fan of cooked radish either, until I discovered aloo mooli kadhi. Recently a new radish recipe has made its way into my armory, the one this post is about: mooli lachcha sabzi, or stir-fried grated radish. Thanks to a friend who shared her family recipe with me.

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Cucumber Tomato Curry

3 Dec

Cucumber Tomato Curry - Kheera Tamatar Curry

The staple Indian salad ingredients – kheera tamatar (cucumber and tomatoes) – can take on a curry avatar too. As these veggies are edible raw, the curry need not be cooked too long either. Cucumber tomato curry is great on the side with chapatis and a sprinkling of Bikaneri bhujiya on top.

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Hare Moong ka Cheela: Green Gram Pancakes

2 Nov

Hare Moong ka Cheela - Green Gram Pancake

Hare moong ka cheela (savory green gram pancake) is a richer variation of the yellow moong ka cheela. The process of making the cheela remains the same, except that the base lentil in this one changes from the light yellow moong bean to the more potent green gram (moong bean).

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Pua: Dessert from Bihar

14 Oct

Each festival in Bihar has a signature sweet linked with it: thekua for chhatth, pidukiya for teej, tilkut for Makar Sankranti – and pua for Holi. But when the goodies are this good, why wait for an occasion to cook? Build your own reason for sweet celebration.

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Broccoli and Red Pepper with Indian Spices

6 Oct

Broccoli Red Capsicum

Broccoli and red pepper are not traditionally used in Indian cooking, but they take to Indian spices very well. A simple red capsicum curry works wonderfully when you want to cook quick. With a bit more time and a few more ingredients on hand, take a stab at this colorful mixed vegetable recipe.

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