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Garam masala is a blend of ground spices – cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and more depending on region and personal taste.

Arbi Masala: Curried Colocasia

27 Oct

The tuber colocasia or taro root (arbi in Hindi) is the potato’s less popular cousin, but when cooked right, can charm you like none other. Try this arbi masala (curried colocasia) to see how.

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Baingan Bharta: Smoky Eggplant Mash

12 Oct

For a really good baingan bharta, getting the eggplant perfectly roasted is half the battle won. And for a perfectly roasted eggplant, the ingredients you need most are patience and balance – patience in cooking the eggplant on a low, open flame through till the core, balancing the heat all around without charring, leaving no spot raw or burnt.

The proportion of other ingredients and spices, the duration of post-roasting sautéing, can vary, but if the heart of the dish – the mashed eggplant – is nicely done, baingan bharta turns out delicious.

With that thought, on to my baingan bharta recipe in all its smoky splendor :-) 

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Holi-Special Potato Curry

12 Mar

A fantastic potato curry from my mother’s kitchen, that we love to have with pooris on the day of Holi. I hope you like this one as much as I do.

Wish you a happy Holi!

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Tinda Masala: Apple Gourd Curry

3 Jul

Tinda gets its English name from its visual similarity to green apples. A member of the gourd family, tinda has a mild flavor, high water content and lots of vitamins/minerals. The vegetable is ubiquitous in Delhi – at arm’s reach in the local market, cooked every other day in office cafetarias. Not so in Bangalore. Here this gourd graces only the bigger stores, cellophane-wrapped and stocked with imported veggies like yellow peppers and Chinese cabbage.

I didn’t realize I’d crave for tinda till it became scarce. As with parval (pointed gourd), my love for this vegetable has been a recent change of heart. Whoever said that absence makes the heart grow fonder knew what he was talking about. 

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Bhindi Do Pyaza

1 Nov

Bhindi (okra) with a generous mix of onions and Indian spices – a lovely vegetable dish to go with chapatis.

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Rajma Masala

27 Aug

What takes time to cook is not necessarily complex. That statement is so true of rajma masala. To the uninitiated, this dish might give the impression that sophisticated culinary jugglery went into creating it. In truth this is one of the simpler gravies you could make in the Indian cuisine.

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Onion Tomato Parathas

17 Jul

What can one do with atta, onion, tomatoes, ginger and a pack of kasoori methi? Make stuffed parathas of course.

This filling came to be simply because I was out of other vegetables and it was raining too heavily for me to venture out to the grocer’s and replenish my fridge. Sometimes, necessity and laziness can produce wondrous results. Onion tomato parathas are proof :)

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