Category: Tour of India: Dal Rice & Beans

  • Indian Rose Milk

    Serves 6 to 8 INGREDIENTS 1 pound unsprayed or pesticide-free, fragrant and dried rose petals, washed and drained 4 cups water 2 cups sugar, or to taste ½ cup rose water 4 cups chilled whole milk DIRECTIONS Combine the rose petals and the water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, and cook until […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • “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 […]

  • Tamarind Rice

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate ½ cup warm water 3 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped 1 tablespoon mustard seeds 16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional) 6 dried red chiles (optional) 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ¾ teaspoon turmeric 1 large red onion, quartered and thinly […]

  • Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

    Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 5 cups cold water ¼ cup raw basmati rice 4 cups half-and-half ¾ cups sugar 6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cardamom) ½ teaspoon saffron threads 2 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. […]