Cucumber Raita

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 2¼ cups plain yogurt 1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded 1 fresh hot green chile, seeded and finely chopped ½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste DIRECTIONS Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Add the shredded cucumber, green chile, […]

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Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

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 […]

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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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Stir Fried Carrots with Cumin and Lime

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 […]

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Stir Fried Cauliflower with Potato & Crunchy Bengali Spice

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 […]

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