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Besan ki Sabzi: Gram Flour Squares in Curry

29 Oct

Besan Sabzi - Gram Flour Squares in Curry

Besan ki sabzi is a curry we make for festive occasions. Besan batter is cooked, cooled, cut and fried, then simmered in curry. It takes time, it takes skill – but the result is worth every bit of the effort.

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How to Make Flaxseed Powder

18 May

Flaxseed is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, a high-fiber low-GI wonder that’s great for health. The benefits of flaxseed become a lot more accessible when consumed as flaxseed powder.

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Kathal ki Sabzi: Raw Jackfruit Curry

1 Apr

Kathal ki sabzi (raw jackfruit curry) is an Indian vegetarian delicacy cooked especially around the month of Holi, when jackfruit is in season in north India.

Newbie cooks, be warned – you are up for a challenge if want to make kathal ki sabzi. The prickly, tough-skinned jackfruit requires skill to peel and cut, and then takes ages of cooking time. Part of the hurdle is handled these days – supermarkets stock packs of peeled and chopped jackfruit, ready to cook. Go right ahead and pick up one of these packs if you can. If not, I’ll point you to the always-awesome Rak’s Kitchen for illustrated steps to peel a jackfruit.

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Aloo Tamatar Sabzi with Nigella Seeds

16 Jun

How do no-onion-no-garlic dishes make up for the missing flavors of onion and garlic, the essence of most Indian curries?

This is a thumb rule that "pure" vegetarians (no-onion-no-garlic eaters) will tell you –

  1. Substitute garlic with asafoetida.
  2. Substitute onions with nigella seeds.

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Coriander Chutney

4 May

Chutneys give the innovative chef wide scope for play. Blend together myriad ingredients, vary proportions, add this and that – with caution and creativity, you invariably come up with a delicious accompaniment for your meal.

My grandmother used a mortar and pestle to make chutney, lovingly grinding coriander and mint and more to lip-smacking paste. We have the electric blender now which reduces the hard work to a couple of seconds. But truth be told, the electric blender does not replicate the mortar and pestle texture. If you have a mortar and pestle and some time to spare, try grinding the chutney by hand. The difference shows. The workout for your arms without hitting the gym is an added bonus.

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