Spice Trade — chilli

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Recipe: Tortilla Chip Dip

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In the year Japan was struck with Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, I was living in Tokyo. I used to go to Ueno Park often for a stroll and whenever I got hungry, I went into Hard Rock Cafe located in Ueno station. I always ordered the same dish, Nachos. The combination of crispy corn tortilla with slightly hot tomato salsa and melted cheese on top was a treat for me. It was one of the dish I had missed from the United States. Whenever my father bought tortilla chips and tomato salsa, they were gone in few days because I couldn’t stop...

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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 mainly...

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Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

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Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour. photo: Pankaj Kaushal Chicken Xacuti Ingredients1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces5 grams turmeric powder1 tsp salt2 inches of ginger10 flakes garlic1/2 bunch fresh coriander5 green chillies2 tsp oil2 sliced onions2 slit green chillies1/4 cup water For...

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Recipe: Lentil Fritters (Dal Pakoras)

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This is an all-time favorite when we have friends or family during wet and cold weekends when all we want is to sit at home, do as little as possible and still get to enjoy! Hot crispy pakoras with a warm cup of drink and you are ready for watching a movie or listening to old time favorite music. The combination of crispy mung dal, chilli powder, lemon and ginger makes it so good, that we as kids always wanted more and more of them. photo: Seba Della y Sole Bossio Recipe: Dal Pakoras (Lentil Fritters) Servings: Makes around 20 pakoras....

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Thepla (Special Indian Bread)

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Sometimes rotis are simply too boring, or unappealing in an Indian house. So we tend to cook a variety of different breads. Naans, Roomali Rotis, Puris have all started to grow popular and found around the world. One less well known bread is the Indian Thepla. This bread is usually mixed with “methi” (fenugreek leaves) plus some other spices and tastes great even by itself. The spice doesn’t come through too strong, just enough for flavour and aroma, much like many western breads.  The great part about Thepla is that unlike most Indian breads, this bread can be stored at...

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