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Rajma Chaat: Kidney Bean Salad

16 Jun

Rajma Chaat - Kidney Bean Spicy Salad

Rajma masala giving you the same old same old vibe? Try something different with rajma (kidney beans) this time – something that is quicker to put together, that works wonderfully as a teatime snack or lunchtime salad. Try rajma chaat.

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Cabbage Coconut Stir Fry

31 May

Coconut Cabbage Stir Fry

Indian vegetable dishes are most often tinged yellow, the color of turmeric. Recipes high on tomatoes and red chilies may be red, those that rely on leafy vegetables – green. White is rare – one reason that makes this cabbage coconut stir fry exceptional.

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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.

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Chaulai Saag: Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry

6 May

Chaulai Saag - Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry

Saag – 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.

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Sattu Chokha: Comfort Food from Bihar

16 Apr

Sattu Chokha Balls

Mid-April each year, the harvest festival (or the start of the regional New Year) is celebrated round the country in diverse ways. Punjab has its Baisakhi, Kerala its Vishu. Bihar welcomes the season with Satuaan (सतुआन), also called Satuaa Sankranti (सतुआ संक्रान्ति).

The prefix ‘satuaa-‘ comes from ‘sattu‘ (roasted Bengal gram flour), a staple food in Bihar. For Satuaan, it is customary to eat a meal with sattu as its star item. The festival ushers in the summer season, so associating sattu-eating with it follows sound logic: sattu’s cooling properties are an effective antidote to heat.

We keep up with tradition by having sattu in some form on the occasion. This year, we had sattu chokha.

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Tomato Carrot Soup

10 Apr

Tomato Carrot Soup

A quick tomato carrot soup that doesn’t require much toiling in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients and a couple of time-saving tools, you will have steaming hot cups of soup on the dining table within minutes.

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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 – it gives the neglected apparatus a rare opportunity to show its cooking potential.

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