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Tomato Pickle in Mustard Oil and Vinegar

12 Oct

Tamatar ka Achar: Tomato Pickle

This sharp and tangy tomato pickle works beautifully as a dip for stuffed parathas.

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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!

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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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Ole Chutney: Yam Chutney from Bihar

25 Jul

Ole Chutney - Yam Chutney

Mustard-flavored chutney with yam (Hindi: suran/jimikand or ole) as its base – that’s ole chutney, a recipe traditionally made in Bihari homes.

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Aloo Mooli Kadhi, and a Surefire Way to Prevent Yogurt from Curdling

2 May

Aloo Mooli Kadhi: Potato Radish Sticks in Gram Flour Curry

This aloo mooli kadhi (potato radish sticks in gram flour curry) recipe, adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s, is a simpler alternative to pakora kadhi, besides being an interesting way of adding radish (mooli) to the diet. The Indian white radish has a taste so powerfully pungent that one can’t have much of it raw. I like mooli paratha, but other ways of cooking mooli don’t excite me. Aloo mooli kadhi, though, had me sold from the word go. The potatoes tone down the sharpness of mooli, and the yogurt and gram flour cloak it all in a rich, delicious sauce.

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Banana Blossoms with Mustard Ginger Seasoning

12 Mar

Banana blossoms aren’t something I use often in my cooking – the effort of peeling and cutting is a major deterrent. This time I found a pack of pre-peeled banana blossoms at the grocery store and decided to give it a go.

Pretty kicked about how this recipe of banana blossoms with mustard ginger seasoning turned out. Hope you like it as much as I did.

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Chaulai Dal: Amaranth Leaves with Lentils

7 Feb

Of leaf vegetables, my kitchen staples are spinach and fenugreek. Till a while ago, cooking with amaranth greens was unchartered territory for me. What better way to start a new year, I thought, than with tackling a new beast?

I had been reading on the goodness of this power food (no wonder that the word "amaranth" comes from the Greek amarantos, meaning "unfading" ) often of late, and then learnt that amaranth in Hindi is chaulai, the leaves of which my grandmother used in chaulai saag. That got me curious, and I was soon trying ways to cook amaranth in my own kitchen.

Amaranth leaves with lentils has come to be a special favorite. I love to mix and match, and this recipe puts that to great use: it’s a combination with boiled dal, which you can make ahead for more than one meal and assemble in different ways later (tomato toor dal another day, spinach dal the meal after?)

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