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Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

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

Easy Spiced Basmati Pilaf

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: Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)

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)

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

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