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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, of bhangra and drum beats; Kerala its Vishu, of vishukkani and vishu kanji. 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 comprising mainly of sattu, with accompaniments like green mango chutney on the side. The start of the year by the Indian solar calendar also ushers in summer, so associating sattu-eating with the day 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 festive occasion, even if not a full-fledged sattu meal. 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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Gobhi Kasoori Methi: Cauliflower, Fenugreek and Dried Cranberries

6 Jan

Gobhi Kasoori Methi

I like to balance bitter with a hint of sweet: some jaggery in methi chhole, sauteed pineapple on the side with methi chawal. In this gobhi kasoori methi (cauliflower and dried fenugreek) recipe, I turn to dried cranberries for the balancing act. I love the result! Do you?

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Mooli Lachha Sabzi: Grated Radish Stir Fry

22 Dec

Radish Stir Fry

White radish, crisp and juicy, is in season. I like radish but can’t have much of it raw. More than a couple of bites, and I’m left nursing a stinging sensation and – if it’s a particularly potent specimen of the vegetable – watery eyes.

I wasn’t a fan of cooked radish either, until I discovered aloo mooli kadhi. Recently a new radish recipe has made its way into my armory, the one this post is about: mooli lachcha sabzi, or stir-fried grated radish. Thanks to a friend who shared her family recipe with me.

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