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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.

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!


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.


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.


Chaulai Saag: Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry

6 May

Chaulai Saag, Methi Dahi, Sambar, Green Chili, Chapatis

Saag โ€“ an Indian dish of leafy greens, eaten along with rotis or rice. A variety of leaves can be used in saag: spinach and mustard greens are popular choices, while chaulai (amaranth leaves) is used often in Bihar. Chaulai saag is a simple, dry preparation with amaranth leaves and a hint of spices.


Cucumber Tomato Curry

3 Dec

Cucumber Tomato Curry - Kheera Tamatar Curry

The staple Indian salad ingredients โ€“ kheera tamatar (cucumber and tomatoes) โ€“ 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.


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).


Laal Saag: Easy Red Spinach Stir Fry

24 Sep

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Laal saag (red spinach), with its delightful color, adds sparkle to any meal it is served with. This Bihar-style easy red spinach stir fry is one of my favorites ways to have this veggie.


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