Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) and Potato ‘Subji’- An Indian Vegetable Preparation

Hearty ‘Subji’ or Indian Vegetable Preparation of Capsicum or Green Bell Pepper and Potatoes, Cooked in Indian Spices and Aromatics, with a Parsi Touch of Cider Vinegar and Sugar

The word ‘subji’ or ‘sabji’ is a generic Indian term for ‘vegetables’ referring to either raw vegetables at a market, or Indian vegetable preparations, where one or more veges are cooked in Indian aromatics and spices.  A part of the daily meal in Indian homes, Subji dishes, if prepared with minimal oil, can be truly… 

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The Whole Truth about Whole Spices

Smorgasbord of Whole Spices and their Impressive List of Health Benefits Can't be Ignored

From time immemorial, whole spices have held the highest place of honor in an Indian kitchen. India produces 70% of the world spices, mostly in the southern region around Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerela; and turns out, is also its largest consumer, creating a true example of indigenous consumption. What are Whole Spices? Think of… 

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Spiced Butternut Squash Basmati Rice Pulao (and ‘The Siege’)

Spiced Butternut Squash Basmati Rice Pulao with Crunchy Spring Onion, Inspired by Mumbai’s Ever-evolving Trendy Food Scene

This winter, I’ve been reading Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy’s newly released book ‘The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel‘, an account of the events that lead to, and unfolded on that fateful day in 2008 when terrorists from across the Indian border lead simultaneous attacks on my native city of Mumbai. For me,… 

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Mint and Cardamon Parsi ‘Choi’ or Chai – An Indian Tea

Parsi 'Choi' or Chai, an Indian Tea Infused with Fresh Mint, Lemongrass and Ginger along with Cardamom

Wishing readers all around the globe a very Happy 2014!  In the same vein as last year, I’m starting the New Year like I start each new day, with a steaming hot fragrant cup of Chai or Indian tea.  And the flavorful cup of Indian tea coming up today is a personal favorite Parsi-style ‘Choi’… 

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Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa – A Mouthwatering Winter Dessert (Plus Handy Tips on Making ‘Samosas’)

Warm Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa Bites: A Seasonal Diversion on the Savory Samosa

‘Samosa’ the versatile Indian snack is essentially crisp deep-fried dough, with a filling of ‘just about anything’ from potatoes and peas in its best known version, to other vegetables of choice and delicious ground meat fillings. But today, I’ve taken a seasonal diversion on the regular savory Samosas, creating warm sweet Samosa bites, filled with… 

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat – An Elegant Appetizer

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat, served in Bowls makes a Simple Holiday Appetizer

Chaat, a generic term for snacks and munchies sold by street food vendors in India (and often made at home,) are a popular party favorite and alludes to a mélange of savory ingredients brought together with a signature tangy Chaat taste. It’s worth knowing that the quintessential tang of an Indian Chaat comes from two… 

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