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Spice Trade — chilli

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

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...

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Fresh Dates and Tamarind Chutney

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Sweet chutneys are not often the first thing that comes to mind with Indian cuisine, but they have a special place in food. Not everything is hot hot hot. This sweet chutney made using dates and tamarind, a tradition followed all around the country for various different dishes. It’s sweet and tangy, and so very refreshing from the heat and spice that accompanies everything else at a usual indian meal. You can use this sweet chutney on all indian “chaat” items such as Pani Puri, Ragda Patties, Bhel Puri, Aloo Tikki. It’s also a nice dip for Samosas, Pakoras and...

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Fragrant Black Daal

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Indian’s almost all unanimously agree that the king of daals is the Black Daal. Rather blandly named, this daal is a rich, thick daal made using black lentils. It’s lightly, but carefully spiced, and an absolute joy to eat with rice. If you’re going out to a north indian restaurant in a large group, this will undoubtedly get ordered. Hope you enjoy our family rendition! Recipe: Fragrant Black Daal Serves 4 Ingredients 100g dried black gram (mungo bean), soaked for about 6-8 hours 1 tbsp single cream 1 tsp butter 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander seeds...

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Veggie Cutlets – For making Indian style burgers

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In India, a burger almost rarely means “with meat” – quite the contrary to the rest of the world! India has historically been known for it’s high vegetarian population, and the influence has stretched deep into the western burger. Instead of going the “mock meat” route, Indian burgers are very different. They showcase the freshness of the vegetables and spices used, and it ends up like almost eating a curry transformed into the shape of a burger patty. Call it one of the earlier forms of haute cuisine if you will! This burger patty is very down to the earth,...

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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 Ingredients7 medium sized tomatoes, blanched300-500ml water based on your preference,...

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