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Recipe: Kokum Rasam, spiced indian soup

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This one is something of a uncommon way of preparing rasam, a traditional Indian soup. The addition of Kokum makes this Rasam tangy, darker and balance well with the traditional sweet and spicy rasam flavour. You can mix it with rice and turn it into a main dish, or drink by itself as a refreshing snack. It’s extremely low in calories as it’s almost all water, but very filling, and as with all things spice: bursting with flavour. Recipe: Kokum Rasam Serves: 3-4 Ingredients – 5 pieces dry kokum – 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (kashmiri chillies are mild, and … keep reading

Spicy Tomato Rasam (Indian soup) the fresh way

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Rasam is one of the most popular Indian “soups” across the entire Indian subcontinent. This recipe uses fresh spices for an authentic home style taste – no tamarind paste or pre-made rasam powder is used in this recipe. As a result, it’s light, tangy, spicy, minimal fat and sugars so it’s even quite healthy! Tomato rasam goes best with South Indian dishes such as hot Idli and Vadas, but you can also drink it plain as a soup with some warm bread. Recipe: Spicy Tomato Rasam (Indian Soup) Serves: 4 Ingredients 7 medium sized tomatoes, blanched 300-500ml water based on … keep reading

Recipe: Creamy Coconut Chutney

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This is one of our family favourites. Even though it’s traditionally a south indian chutney used for dipping idli, dosa, uttapam, and other similar fermented doughs, we find it great for dipping in all manner of hot indian snacks such as samosas, cutlets, pakodas, and onion bhajis. It’s very cooling, refreshing, and an ideal dip for the summer. The dip is often slightly spiced as well, but you can tone this to suit your one taste. It can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days in the fridge. Ingredients – 350g of grated coconut – 1 tbsp chana dal – … keep reading

Curry Powder (Recipe)

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Everyone buys it, but everyone doesn’t know how to make it. We covered a simple version of our curry powder in our guide to grinding spices and herbs. Here is a more potent and flavourful version, adapted from vegetarian food blogger Veggie Belly’s recipe. This curry powder can act as a base for most Indian and Malaysian curries. Usually 15-20 grams are used per serving. So this curry powder recipe is good for around 4 meals. Curry Powder (full flavoured) Ingredients – makes 75 grams 2 tablespoons Coriander Seeds 1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds 1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds 2-3 dried Red … keep reading

Spice cheat sheet: Your one stop spice resource

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SPICE (click to see more info) BIRTHPLACE USED COMMONLY IN Bay Leaves Turkey Curries, stews, soups, and generally all sauces with a long cooking time Black Pepper India All cuisines as seasoning, chinese sauces, tea Caraway Finland Beef, chicken, vegetable dishes, breads Cardamom India Tea, curries, soups, rubs, desserts Cassia China Desserts, spice rubs, tea, soup, sauces, baked goods, grilled dishes Chilli Worldwide Almost all dishes, also marinades, salsas Cinnamon Sri Lanka Baked goods, desserts Clove Tanzania Tea, soups, french sauces, noodles, pork, beef, vegetable dishes Cubeb Indonesia In place of pepper in Asian cuisine Cumin India Bread, vegetable, curry, … keep reading

The BIG Guide to Chillies

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The most popular chillies from around the world Chillies are a spice used in every part of the world. They provide one of the basic flavours and is an essential part of many traditional dishes. There are many different kinds of chilli peppers used across the world. Chillies from Mexico are different from the chillies in India or China, and then there is the branch of European chillies too. These varieties all complement their national cuisine in their own unique ways. Even though the primary flavour given by chillies is spice, they are more complex and have other flavour notes … keep reading