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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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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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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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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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Broccoli and Red Pepper with Indian Spices

6 Oct

Broccoli Red Capsicum

Broccoli and red pepper are not traditionally used in Indian cooking, but they take to Indian spices very well. A simple red capsicum curry works wonderfully when you want to cook quick. With a bit more time and a few more ingredients on hand, take a stab at this colorful mixed vegetable recipe.

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Paneer Butter Masala

10 Aug

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

I wanted to make a paneer dish taste close to ‘paneer butter masala’ that we get in Indian restaurants. Here is what I came up with. This rich curry is a great hit with paneer lovers, something you can happily serve at a party.

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Ridge Gourd Onion Chutney

12 May

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Ridge gourd onion chutney spiced with pepper and tamarind. Add a spark to a simple Indian meal with this chutney on the side.

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