“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns 4 whole cloves 4 green cardamom pods 3 whole dried red chiles 1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced 4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional) 2 red onions, finely chopped 3 fresh hot green […]

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Chicken Biriyani with Cream and Garam Masala

Serves 6 to 8 INGREDIENTS 10 cups water 2 cups basmati rice 1 recipe Braised Chicken in White Sauce with Garam Masala DIRECTIONS Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the rice, and stir gently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Return to a boil, turn […]

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Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS ¼ cup canola oil 4 whole cloves ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns 6 green cardamom pods 1-inch piece cinnamon stick 3 whole dried red chiles ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 2 bay leaves 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 large red onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste […]

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Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped fine 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1½ teaspoons garam masala 1½ teaspoons curry powder 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes 4 cups vegetable broth 1 cup yellow lentils 1 fresh bay […]

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Mattar Paneer

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 package of paneer (cubed) 2 tablespoons ghee 3-4 cardamom pods, whole 1 small stick of cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 small onion, diced 1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated 3 green chilies, finely chopped 3-4 large tomatoes, pureed 1/4 teaspoon sugar Salt (to taste) 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon chili powder […]

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Parathas Stuffed with Potato, Chiles, and Cilantro

Makes about 12 Parathas INGREDIENTS 1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour Salt 1 to 1¼ cups water 1½ pounds boiling potaotes, boiled in their skins until tender (25 to 30 minutes) and cooked ½ cup very finely chopped red onion 1 fresh hot green chile, […]

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Smoked Spiced Eggplant

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 1 large eggplant 3 tablespoons canola oil 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 large red onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional) 1 tablespoon ground coriander ½ […]

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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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Tarka Daal

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 pound chana dal (dried yellow split peas), rinsed until the water runs clear 2 pints water 4 tablespoons clarified butter 2 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 to 4 whole green chilies, pricked with a knife 1 small (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated 3 cloves garlic, peeled […]

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