Tomato Toor Dal

10 Nov

Of all the types of dals, split toor dal (also called arhar dal) is the one I cook most often. I don’t always put a tadka with it, sometimes just plain boiled dal with salt and a few drops of lime juice tastes great when the rest of the dishes on my place are spicy.

On other "tadka" days, tomato toor dal is one of my most-loved ways of having toor dal.

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25 Hindi Idioms Inspired By Food

8 Nov

When food couples with language, delicious idioms are born.

My mother tongue Hindi invokes the nature, tastes, colors and characteristics of food with great wit and insight in these idioms.

1. Aam ke aam, gutliyon ke daam

i-mango-cubes Literal translation: To earn the price not only of mangoes but also their pits

Used when you make a killing with a deal or decision, profiting on even the valueless peripherals.

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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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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Raita

28 Oct

Raita (yogurt dip), with bottle gourd as its prime ingredient, provides a lovely balance to rich Indian gravies. Bottle gourd and yogurt are bland on their own, but the other ingredients that go with lauki raita give it a suprising tangy twist.

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Methi Parathas: Fenugreek Flatbread

26 Oct

Want to have greens, but methi (fenugreek) is too bitter for you? Try methi parathas – atta (whole wheat flour) balances the bitterness beautifully. The end result is pretty delicious.

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Lauki Aloo: Bottle Gourd and Potato Stew

19 Oct

When you want a simple tasty vegetable curry to be ready without much effort, this stew of bottle gourd, potatoes and tomatoes is your answer. Use a pressure-cooker and you save a lot on time too.

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Buttermilk with Curry Leaves, Ginger and Mint

17 Oct

After a day in the hot sun or with a heavy meal, buttermilk feels like a blessing. Famed for its therapeutic, digestive properties, buttermilk is also delicious.

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