Chai

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Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk
1 cup water
1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea
A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half
9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open
7 whole cloves
A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let sleep 15 minutes. Then return to a boil, strain, and serve hot.

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Garam Masala

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Makes about ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon dried miniature rosebuds (optional)
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
2 bay leaves
¼ cup cumin seeds
13 cup coriander seeds
1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoon whole cloves
1 dried red chile
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
18 teaspoon ground mace

DIRECTIONS

If the roses have stems, break them off and discard. Heat the roses with the cinnamon, bay leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, whole peppercorns, cloves and chile in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the cumin becomes brown, 2½ to 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder or coffee mill, add the nutmeg and mace, and grind until powder fine. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

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Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

A 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces and skinned
3 medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
¾ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt
1½ medium onions, roughly diced
5 garlic cloves
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half crosswise
3 tablespoons canola oil
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 fresh hot green chile, cut in half
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
1 cup water
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine the chicken, potatoes, ½ teaspoon of the turmeric, ¼ teaspoon of the cayenne, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl and stir to coat the chicken and potato with the spices. Let stand while you make the sauce.

Finely mince the onions, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and set aside.

Combine 2 tablespoons of the oil, the cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, red chiles, coriander, and cumin in a large casserole over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced onion mixture, the green chile, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the vegetables brown around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon and green chile, and stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon turmeric and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth; set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and potatoes and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the yogurt 1 tablespoon at a time and stir well after each addition. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes, to evaporate some of the moisture.

Add the pureed tomato, mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in the water. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer partially covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir every 5 to 8 minutes and scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the sauce from sticking. Then uncover and cook 5 more minutes to reduce and thicken. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice. Taste for salt and serve hot.

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Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

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Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups basmati rice
4½ cups cold water
2 medium red onions
¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 green cardamom pods
A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Combine the rice and water in a bowl and soak for 20 minutes. Drain the rice and reserve the water separately.

Mince 1 onion and reserve.

For the fried-onion garnish, thinly slice the second onion. Heat the 1 cup oil in a small (about 6-inch) heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat to 360°F. The oil should come about ½ inch up the side of the pan. If necessary, add more oil. (To gauge the temperature of the oil without using a thermometer, drop a piece of bread about 1-inch square into the hot oil over medium heat, turning often, when the oil reaches 360°F, the bread should begin to brown almost immediately and turn golden brown all over – like a crouton – in about 30 seconds.) Add the sliced onion and deep-fry, stirring often, until the onion turns dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels and then let stand until cool and crisp. Set aside. Discard the oil.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the ¼ cup oil, the cumin, the cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, coriander, bay leaves, and chiles in a large ovenproof casserole over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the reserved minced onion and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 5 minutes. If the caramelized sugars from the onion begin to collect on the bottom of the pan, add water, about a tablespoon at a time, and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to pick up the browned bits.

Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the reserved soaking water and salt, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Then turn the heat down and simmer vigorously, covered, until the water is entirely absorbed and the rice cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Put the casserole in the oven and bake 10 minutes. Then remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the fried onions and serve hot.

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Sambhaar

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Makes about ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

3 dried chiles
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon white lentils (urad dal)
1 tablespoon yellow split peas (channa dal)
2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons ground peppercorns
40 curry leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the spices in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast until the mustard seeds begin to pop and the skillet starts to smoke, stirring often, 3½ to 5 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder of coffee mill and grind until powder fine. Store in an airlight jar for up to 4 months.

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Shrimp Scampi Masala

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Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon ground peppercorns
8 ounces capellini or angel hair pasta or thickly sliced rustic Italian bread (grilled, toasted, or broiled if you like), for serving
¼ cup ghee or clarified butter
3 dried red chiles
12 garlic cloves (about 1 head), peeled and finely minced

DIRECTIONS

Place the lemon juice and salt in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes and then add the scallions, cilantro, and ground peppercorns and set aside.

If serving the shrimp with pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook until al dente, drain, and set aside.

while the pasta boils, cook the shrimp. Heat the ghee of clarified butter with the chiles in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the chiles start to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until curled and opaque, 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet. Toss the shrimp with pasta or divide among bowls if serving with bread, taste for seasoning, and serve.

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Stir Fried Carrots with Cumin and Lime

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Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds (optional)
A 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into a fine julienne
½ fresh hot green chile, minced
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of a grater
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Juice of ½ lime or lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil and mustard seeds, if using, in a large wok, kadai, or trying pan over medium-high heat.

Cover (the mustard seeds pop and splatter) and cook until you hear the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes. (Or heat just the oil in the same pan.)

Add the ginger, fresh and dried chiles, cumin, and curry leaves, if using, and cook uncovered, stirring until the ginger crisps a little, about 1½ minutes. (stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they heat in oil).

Add the carrots and cook, stirring, until warned through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the salt and the lime or lemon juice. Taste for salt and serve hot or cold.

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Stir Fried Cauliflower with Potato & Crunchy Bengali Spice

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Rounded ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1½ pounds red boiling potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced lengthwise about ½ inch thick
1 small to medium head cauliflower, cored and cut into medium florets
18 teaspoon ground cumin
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 fresh hot green chile, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, nigella, if using, cumin, and coriander seeds in a large wok, kadai, or frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin turns golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the potatoes and stir well to coat with the spices. Then cover and cook until the potatoes have browned some and have begun to soften and stick to the bottom of the pan, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir three or four times during this time and check the cooking. If the potatoes brown too quickly, turn the heat down. If they aren’t browning at all, raise the heat.

Add the cauliflower, ground cumin, cayenne, and fresh chile and stir to coat the cauliflower with the spices. Then cover and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan three of four times during cooking, until the potatoes are well browned, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, cover, and continue cooking until the cauliflower is nicely browned and the vegetables are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir the vegetables every 3 to 4 minutes and check the cooking; if they begin to stick badly and burn, add a teaspoon of water and scrape with a spatula to loosen the spcies and crispy bits from the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

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