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Recipes that use herbs and spices as a key ingredient.

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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Tomato Carrot Soup

10 Apr

Tomato Carrot Soup

A quick tomato carrot soup that doesn’t require much toiling in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients and a couple of time-saving tools, you will have steaming hot cups of soup on the dining table within minutes.

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Microwaved Tomato Salsa, Desi Style

23 Feb

Microwaved Tomato Salsa Recipe

The microwave in my kitchen is usually relegated to the role of reheater. Rarely is it called upon to participate in the making of a dish. This microwaved tomato salsa recipe dodges the norm – it gives the neglected apparatus a rare opportunity to show its cooking potential.

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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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