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Gobi Tamatar Recipe (Indian Cauliflower Curry) Recipe

Gobi tamatar is an Indian vegetarian dish made with cauliflower (gobi), tomatoes (tamatar) and ginger garlic paste. To thicken the sauce, I also added one small potato.

This is one of the healthier Indian dishes I know. The cauliflower is cooked in the tomato mixture until softened. The key to this dish is to use ripe, sweet tomatoes. I always make 2 batches of this dish; one extremely spicy with red chili powder and whole jalapeño peppers and one mild version for the children (and for me!). It's a good vegetable side dish, and a wonderful change of pace from traditional cauliflower salad.


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Indian Candies Recipe

Indian Candies

09.26.10 by Jackie
Since I got married, I've discovered a lot of Indian dishes. My father-in-law (I call him Daddy) has introduced me to many new, exotic, Indian foods that were unfamiliar to my palate. Today, Daddy had me try a new Indian confection. When I tasted it, it immediately reminded me of the Vietnamese equivalent called kẹo mè xửng Huế, except that the candies contain rose water, whole cardamom pods, dates, poppy seeds, pistachio, cashew nut and almond.
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Falling In Love with Bitter Melon Recipe
Several months ago, I shared a bitter melon recipe (called karela in Urdu) that Baji (my husband's paternal grandmother) used to make very often for the vegetarians in the family. Unlike the Vietnamese variety (known as bitter cucumber), Indian bitter melons have a spiky outer layer. Shana from North Carolina (a regular reader) asked me a very good question. "What does karela look like?" I looked back at the published recipe and realized I hadn't taken a picture of the raw product. Better late than never, here's how the odd-shaped vegetable looks. So next time you visit an Indian grocery store, you might want to grab a few, deep-fry them and stuff them with meat or lentils. Bitter melon is an acquired taste but give it a try. You may love it!
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Indian Sweets from Hyderabad Recipe

Indian Sweets from Hyderabad

09.19.10 by Jackie
Family friends from Hyderabad (India) came to visit us last weekend. They brought with them delicious specialties from Lulu's father's hometown. They're called "fruit biscuits". The texture is crumbly, just like a shortbread cookie with a strong rose flavor and a variety of dried fruits.
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Fruit Chaat Recipe (Indian Spicy Fruit Salad) Recipe

Contrary to what one would think, fruit chaat is not your average fruit salad, and it's not served as a dessert. It's a savory snack. Several types of fruits are chopped up and mixed together, then seasoned with Indian spices such as chili powder, ground cumin and salt. For fruit chaat, bananas and oranges are a must; today I also added apples, grapes, apricots and mangoes, but you could combine any other fruits that are in season.

The first time I tasted it, my brain was expecting sweet flavors but my palate kept getting a savory signal. The subtle spiciness and tanginess with hints of cumin makes the dish very tasty. Next time you have a dinner party, this dish could make a perfect, and addition to your menu.


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