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Mom’s Delicious Dal Fry, it doesn’t get better than this

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Dal Fry is a really popular Indian Lentil dish. It’s seasoned with a blend of spices giving it great depth of flavour. This dal never gets old, and is a staple of any north indian restaurant. It’s also easy to make. You can enjoy the dal fry with rice or roti or naan, it tastes great both ways. Here’s our home recipe, passed down through the generations! Serves 4-5 Ingredients: 1 cup Toor Dal (Arhar Daal) 5 cups water 2 small onion, finely chopped 1 small tomato, finely chopped 2 green chillies, slit in halves 1inch piece Ginger, grated 1 … keep reading

Saffron Kulfi (Indian homemade icecream)

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Summer instantly reminds us of cool Kulfi, laced with heavenly Iranian Saffron and Indian Cardamom. Mouth-watering and so full of flavor, many of us love it much more than the typical ice cream available year round! Today we’re gonna show you how to make a home made version which tastes far more flavourful than the store-bought kind. Saffron Kulfi is also a perfect pair with hot Carrot Halwa giving a fun hot-cold taste sensation. An added option that is preferred by many Indians is also to add chunks of mixed nuts into the cream along with the saffron and cardamom. … keep reading

Fresh banana bread, spiced with vanilla (Recipe)

photo: Celia Hu

Fresh baked bread is undeniably one of the tastiest fresh foods we’ve ever invented. So why not go a step further and make it more exciting with spices! This recipe uses vanilla pods, one of the most exotic and fragrant spices known. Fresh vanilla pods are incredibly easy to use, and also are much more flavourful than vanilla extract. To extract fresh vanilla, first slice a vanilla pod in half, then use a knife or spoon to scoop out the delicious paste inside. The heavier your vanilla pod, the more paste you’ll get! Here’s a picture taken with one of … 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

Recipe: Spicy Tomato Onion Chutney


This spicy tomato chutney is a great accompaniment to many South Indian favourites, such as Idli and Dosa. It’s also a great dip for crackers, samosas and breads, as well as a lovely fresh spread for use in sandwiches. It’s simple, quick, and only relies on very commonly used ingredients in Asian cooking! This chutney can also be refrigerated for several days and still taste great. Ingredients – 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil – 1 tsp black mustard seeds (5g) – 3-6 dried Kashmiri chillies based on taste – 1/8-1/4 tsp asafoetida powder – 10g of dried garlic flakes, or 6-8 … keep reading

Cooking with Sumac! Zaatar (Recipe)


Sumac is one of those elusive spices that most people could easily go a lifetime without noticing. Yet, the moment someone is introduced to it, they will always keep wanting more of it. Sumac is a spice with an extremely unique taste – very citrusy, which we liken to lime and berries. The best variety we’ve uncovered thus far comes from Lebanon, arguably one of the biggest consumers. It’s also a country that has a long-standing history with Sumac. You can read more about Sumac here, for now let’s discuss cooking! Sumac can be used in a variety of ways, … keep reading

Recipe: Aloo Matar (spiced indian potato and pea curry)

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This recipe hails from the North of India, but is extremely popular all over because of the simple and fresh ingredients used. Some households prefer a dryer texture, in which case omit the tomato and don’t make into a paste. This recipe is commonly enjoyed with Indian Basmati rice, poori and chapatis (roti). Ingredients – 2 medium potatoes (aloo), peeled and diced – ¾ to 1 cup peas (matar) – 1 tbsp almond powder (grind 8-9 almonds in dry grinder) – half tsp (3g) Cumin Seeds – Pinch of Asafoetida – ½ to 1 tsp (3-5g) Red chilli powder (for … keep reading

Five Spice Powder: What’s the real recipe?

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Five Spice Powder is as famous a foreign ingredient can get, while remaining a complete mystery. Most people know what it is, but if you ask them the ingredients, you’ll be greeted with many blank stares, or incomplete answers. The reason is simple, there is no fixed recipe. In a way, Five Spice is a lot like what Curry Powder is for Indians. Ask any Indian household what curry powder is, and you’ll be quickly told that there are many kinds of different curry powders to suit individual curries. Recipes also vary from house to house, city to city, and … keep reading


saffron farmers

Saffron is known as the emperor of spices. Why? Because it’s an extremely laborious and tedious process to harvest. It can grow in extreme hot and dry climates, as well as survive in snow. But, good grains of commercial saffron need extremely precise conditions to develop their exquisite flavour. Saffron threads are taken from the insides of orchids – perhaps the rarest and most expensive branch of flowers. A grain of good commercial Saffron contains the stigmas and styles of nine flowers, and consequently 4,320 orchids are required to yield around 30 grams of Saffron. The stigmas need to be … keep reading

Yogi Tea (Recipe)


Not to be confused with the brand name tea, Yogi tea is also a type of tea. Very similar to Indian Masala Chai, Yogi Tea is another type of spiced tea drink. Unlike Masala Chai, Yogi tea is brewed using a slower process which allows the spices to be fully infused in the tea. Drinking Yogi tea has many health benefits. It’s loaded with numerous spices, and the flavours and health potential of each of these is conveniently transferred to the drink! No wonder it’s so popular around the world. If you have a good stock of spices, the drink … keep reading