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Spice Trade — cumin

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

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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Aloo Gobi – Spicy Potatoes and Cauliflower, traditional Indian cooking

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This Indian style dry curry is a personal home favourite, and below is our home recipe passed down for generations. The potatoes are extremely soft, and both them and the cauliflower soak in all the spices. So, even though it’s a dry curry, in some ways it is more full flavoured than the commonly understood “curry”. We like this curry with warm hot bread, and a side dish of fresh, unsweetened yoghurt.                                           Recipe: Aloo Gobi Serves: 4 Ingredients2 medium sized potatoes (cut...

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Tandoori Paneer just like home

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Our home favourite! This Paneer is unlike the common Matar Paneer or Palak Paneer you find it restaurants. It’s name comes from the Tandoor Oven used to cook it in – a special, cylindrical clay oven used in Indian cooking and baking, temperatures inside can reach as high as 480°C (900°F)! Of course at home, we just use an ordinary grill. This paneer takes on a delicious full-bodied flavour after being marinated in a blend of indian spices. It’s also served without a wet curry base – not needed when the paneer itself tastes so good. Works best as an...

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Cumin prices trending up

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New crop of cumin has entered the market, but crop this year seems as high as 30-50% less than recent years, according to some estimates. Climate was late by 1 month in the Indian winter, so less cumin was sown, and even less left for harvesting. Last year, we estimate around 400,000-500,000MT of production altogether in India, the origin of the best cumin seeds in the world. In comparison, government reports in Gujarat and Rajasthan (the origin of the spice), say that until 2015, only around 265,000MT were sown. Much production has also recently switched to Coriander and Fenugreek – these herbs...

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