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A powerfully flavored spice typically used as a “tadka” (tempering in hot oil) ingredient in Indian dals and curries. Asafoetida is especially popular in Jain and Ayurvedic cooking, as an alternative to the strong flavors of onions and garlic.

Zucchini Tomato Curry

29 May

Zucchini Tomato Curry

Zucchini is a godsend on days when you have little time to spend in the kitchen. The vegetable is as easy to chop as it is to cook. This zucchini tomato curry takes under 20 minutes from getting the vegetables out of the fridge to having it ready to gobble up. And it tastes wonderful!

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Bell Pepper Rice: Prettiness on a Plate!

13 May

Colorful Rice with Bell Peppers tn

This colorful bell pepper rice is really quick to put together, especially if you have plain boiled rice made ahead.

I have broadly followed Divine Taste’s stir fried brown rice recipe for it – I used no onion or garlic and loved the touch of almonds.

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Pumpkin Adzuki Bean Curry

4 Apr

Adzuki Pumpkin Curry

Ever since I discovered adzuki beans, I have been trying it out in various recipes. Taking inspiration from Jamie Olivier’s pumpkin, chickpea and coconut curry, I combined the pumpkin with adzuki in a mildly spiced coconut base. Verdict: it’s a win.

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Quick Carrot Radish Curry

9 Jan

Carrot Radish Curry

Carrot radish curry that comes together in a matter of minutes. The veggies are roughly chopped and pre-cooked before being given an express sauté in spiced mustard oil.

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Methi Gobhi: Fresh Fenugreek and Cauliflower Curry

3 Jan

Methi Gobhi

Fenugreek leaves are in season. Homemade meals sparkle green with a fenugreek dish on the menu every day: methi parathas with imli chutney for Sunday brunch, methi chhole with jeera rice for the Monday lunchbox.

Make hay while the sun shines, they say. I make recipe replacements of kasoori methi (dried fenugreek) with fresh fenugreek while the greens are in lush supply. This is one such recipe: methi gobhi, a variant of gobhi kasoori methi (cauliflower with dried fenugreek) that uses fresh fenugreek instead of dry.

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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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