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Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

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Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds its own character to a dish. Today we're going to go through the basics of dry-roasting to help get the most out of those spices. More

Beyond Curry: Anglo-Indian Coconut Clam Stew

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Clams are a great way to get into seafood stews and curries if you aren't quite ready to take the plunge into fish, and this stew, made with chilies, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, and coconut, is a particularly good way to enjoy them. More

Anglo-Indian Coconut Clam Stew

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Clams are a great way to get into seafood stews and curries if you aren't quite ready to take the plunge into fish, and this stew, made with chilies, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, and coconut, is a particularly good way to enjoy them. More

Beyond Curry: Quick Indian Cabbage Salad

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This salad of crisp cabbage, carrots, and coconut is one of those Indian dishes that takes minimal effort, doesn't involve a whole range of spices, and is ready in minutes. Dressed in an infused oil, it's the perfect side dish for a meal of rice and chicken. More

Quick Indian Cabbage Salad

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This salad of crisp cabbage, carrots, and coconut is one of those Indian dishes that takes minimal effort, doesn't involve a whole range of spices, and is ready in minutes. Dressed in an infused oil, it's the perfect side dish for a meal of rice and chicken. More

Crab Masala Fry

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Crab Masala Fry is a fragrant medley of spices and aromatics. Its spicy punch is set off deliciously by the sweet crab meat. More

Spiced Indian Yogurt (Chaas)

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Chaas or Indian buttermilk is a mild drink that uses spices which are known for their digestive properties. It's a must-have after an indulgent meal and takes all of five minutes to rustle up. More

Beyond Curry: Lamb or Chicken Biryani

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The aroma of a good biryani is intoxicating as it cooks away slowly. Meat, spices, and the fragrant Basmati rice make it a hearty, robust, all-in-one meal. More

Lamb or Chicken Biryani

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The aroma of a good biryani is intoxicating as it cooks away slowly. Meat, spices and the fragrant Basmati rice make it a hearty, robust, all-in-one meal. More

Beyond Curry: Easy Spiced Basmati Pilaf

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A mix of fennel seeds, cinnamon, and dry bay leaf perfumes this basmati rice pilaf, releasing a comforting, delicious aroma that lingers long after the dish is done. And even though the recipe itself is simple and quick, its elegance and complex flavor profile impresses my guests without fail. More

Easy Spiced Basmati Pilaf

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A mix of fennel seeds, cinnamon, and dry bay leaf perfumes this basmati rice pilaf, releasing a comforting, delicious aroma that lingers long after the dish is done. And even though the recipe itself is simple and quick, its elegance and complex flavor profile impresses my guests without fail. More

Beyond Curry: Crispy Indian-Style Simmered Goat or Lamb Chops

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This particular dish is Anglo-Indian in origin. It envelops the tender braised meat (your choice of goat or lamb chops) in fresh breadcrumbs that turn crisp and crunchy as soon as they touch the sizzling hot pan. More

Crispy Indian-Style Simmered Goat Chops

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This particular dish is Anglo-Indian in origin. It envelops the tender braised meat (your choice of goat or lamb chops) in fresh breadcrumbs that turn crisp and crunchy as soon as they touch the sizzling hot pan. More

Beyond Curry: Pork Sorpotel (Goan Pork Offal Stew)

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Sorpotel, a dish originally brought to India during Portuguese colonization, is a deliciously spicy and tangy stew of pork, liver, spices, and vinegar that only gets better with time. More

Pork Sorpotel (Goan Pork Offal Stew)

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If you like pork and offal, there's no looking back from this dish. Pork Sorpotel is a tangy, spicy preparation that tastes even better the next day. More

Beyond Curry: Kerala-Style Chicken (Nadan Khozi Curry)

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Nadan Khozi is an aromatic chicken dish from Kerala, in southern India. Lightly roasted spices are blended together and gently simmered in coconut milk to give this dish a delicate smoky flavor. More

Kerala-Style Chicken (Nadan Khozi Curry)

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Nadan Khozi is an aromatic chicken dish from Kerala, in southern India. Lightly roasted spices are blended together and gently simmered in coconut milk to give this dish a delicate smoky flavor. More

Beyond Curry: Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)

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Where there's a curry, there's usually a rice or roti preparation that's used to soak in or scoop up the flavorful sauce; in India's rice belt, bread made out of rice flour is common. Because it's unleavened, it can be made in just a matter of minutes—a few ingredients kneaded together, a little heat, and it's done. Bhakri, or rice bread, is rustic food at its best. More

Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)

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Where there's a curry, there's usually a rice or roti preparation that's used to soak in or scoop up the flavorful sauce; in India's rice belt, bread made out of rice flour is common. Because it's unleavened, it can be made in just a matter of minutes—a few ingredients kneaded together, a little heat, and it's done. Bhakri, or rice bread, is rustic food at its best. More

Beyond Curry: Poha Chivda (Indian Flattened Rice Snack)

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Easy to make and easier to eat, this flattened rice snack is an Indian pantry staple. It's light and packed with flavor, making it a great, wholesome substitute for chips and dips. More

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