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Kaddu Rajma: Pumpkin with Red Kidney Beans

1 Aug

Kaddu Rajma - Pumpkin Red Kidney Bean Curry

Pumpkin (kaddu) and red kidney beans (rajma) make a hearty, richly flavored kaddu rajma curry. Dry red chilies give it heat, tamarind lends it tang, jaggery balances it all.

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Dahi Wali Lauki: Bottle Gourd Yogurt Curry

23 Jul

Dahi Wali Lauki - Bottle Gourd in Spiced Yogurt

Of late I have been on the lookout for recipes that would put my stock of fennel seeds to good use. I also intend not to restock tomatoes till their price subsides to non-crazy level. My quest came to a satisfying end with this recipe for dahi wali lauki. Easy on the pocket , great to taste, fennel flavored, and no tomatoes.

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Stuffed Tomato Curry

19 Jun

Stuffed Tomato Curry

Stuffed tomato curry, when you want that one special recipe to shine at your dinner table. With a rich sauce and a delicious potato-based filling, stuffed tomato curry is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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Fresh Fruit Rabri (No Refined Sugar)

20 Apr

A healthy fresh fruit preparation that you can serve as a snack or an after-meal dessert.

Traditional rabri can be pretty heavy with its high content of sugar and condensed milk. Its usual pairing with malpua and jalebi (while delicious!) doesn’t help either if you’re watching your weight. Enter my recipe of fresh fruit rabri – the best sort of dessert to satiate your sweet tooth even on a healthy diet. No refined sugar, no tinned condensed milk –this rabri is sweetened only with natural nutrient-rich dates and apricots. No canned fruit either – only wholesome seasonal stuff. 

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Papad ki Sookhi Sabzi (Dry Curry)

16 Jan

For a long time, the only way I knew how to eat papad was as a plain accompaniment with an Indian meal (usually khichdi), much like chutney or pickle. I liked papad, just that it didn’t seem all that *consequential*.

When I moved to Bombay, my friends there would order masala papad as a starter in restaurants. This was something new, something interesting – papad as a standalone dish, and a mighty good one at that. I started experimenting with papad in curries – very convenient on days when I opened the vegetable tray of the fridge and found nothing.

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Masala Chana Dal: Bengal Gram Lentil Curry

13 Sep

Chana dal (Bengal gram lentils) in a gloriously spiced curry, the kind one describes with epithets like "meal fit for a king".

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