Aloo Bonda Potato Dumplings

Makes 20 dumplings INGREDIENTS For the filling 2 pounds (about 5 medium) red potatoes, peeled and quartered ½ teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 1½ tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 24 curry leaves 3 to 6 dried chiles, coarsely crushed 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 small jalapeño […]

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Corn Curry

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For green paste 1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks 12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional) ¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only) 2 tablespoons water For the […]

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Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For the paneer 1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese ½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil For the green sauce 1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed 1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola 3 whole dried red chiles ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds 7 green cardamom pods […]

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Khichdi

Serves 6 Ingredient 1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes 1 cup of rice 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds ½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store) 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 small piece of ginger, grated 2 green chilies, chopped 2 cloves garlic, […]

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Not-so-dull Dal

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 3 dried red chiles Pinch asafetida (optional) 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1½ cups washed masoor dal or yellow […]

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Tamarind Chutney

Makes about 1¼ cups INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon fennel seeds ½ teaspoon asafetida (optional) ½ teaspoon Garam Masala 2 cups water 1¼ cups sugar 3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate DIRECTIONS Heat the oil and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high […]

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Warm Lentil Salad with Coconut and Tomato

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2½ tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds (optional) 1 teaspoon yellow split peas 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 whole dried red chiles 8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional) 1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional) 1 fresh hot green chile, cut corsswise into thin slices 1 red onion, […]

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