Give Moong Dal More Flavour – Roast It!

18 Apr

Roasted Moong Dal

A nifty tip I picked up via Mahanandi – roasting yellow moong dal before cooking it. When you roast moong dal, the dal acquires a more aromatic, nuttier taste which really adds to the dishes being cooked with it.

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Pomegranate Raita: Fruity Yogurt Dip

15 Apr

Pomegranate Raita - Anar ka Raita

Cutting open a pomegranate (anar) can be a messy affair, enough to keep me away from the fruit much as I like its juicy sweetness. Not so today. My local foodmart had on sale tempting glossy shelled pomegranate seeds – which got promptly purchased and put to use in this refreshing pomegranate raita.

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Paneer Kasoori Methi

13 Apr

Paneer Kasoori Methi: Paneer with Dried Fenugreek

When onions and dried fenugreek get together, the result is magical. Try making paneer kasoori methi with these two ingredients that give the gravy its unique, layered flavor.

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Strawberry Milkshake

6 Apr

Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberries are in the market – exorbitant as they always are in India – but allow yourself a little indulgence. And take heart that you get the REAL deal when you make strawberry milkshake at home – no gooey magenta syrup that the juicewalla surreptitiously adds to the blender.

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Moong And Onion Raita

28 Mar

Moong And Onion Raita

Come Indian summer and yogurt begins to feel like manna from heaven. This moong and onion raita uses spiced yogurt to great effect.

For the uninitiated, ‘raita’ is a yogurt-based accompaniment for Indian meals. Served cold, its digestive, cooling properties are a great counterpoint to the otherwise spicy Indian meal.

There are endless variations to the raita – every region has its specialties, every family has its own spin on it. Here is one raita recipe that I specially like – using moong sprouts and onions.

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Jeera Rice: Cumin-Flavored Rice

16 Mar

Jeera Rice: Cumin-Flavored Rice

Tempering with cumin  seeds – a quick way to embellish your plain boiled rice.

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