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.
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.
Crab Masala Fry is a fragrant medley of spices and aromatics. Its spicy punch is set off deliciously by the sweet crab meat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This hot and fragrant masala is easy to make and a wonderfully unique preparation of squid.
If you have leftover white rice, this is one delicious make-over you can give it in a jiffy. The sourness of the lime is subdued by the fragrant oil, giving you a savoury rice that is easy to impress with.
Soft and light, these steamed rice and lentil cakes are a delicious alternative to the usual eggs for breakfast.
This tangy, spicy fish curry goes well with fluffy white rice. Use any firm fleshed fish of your choice (or even shrimp, if they're your preferred seafood).
Chutney sandwiches are a favourite at kids' parties and picnics. Easy to rustle up, the chutney keeps well for a few days and can be used in various combinations to make delicious snacks.
Chole, Indian chickpea curry, is a wonderful side or main. It's usually eaten with deep fried bread or with a steaming hot plateful of white rice.
Poppadoms are an Indian staple made from little more than flour, water, and spices. Roasted, toasted, fried, or sun-dried, the thin, flavorful crisps make for a quick, healthy snack or side.
If, like me, you love rice and have a soft spot for seafood, you're bound to find this dish irresistible. It uses a host of whole spices that create a wonderfully heady aroma. Kolambi Bhaat literally translates to shrimp pilaf; it's an especially popular meal along India's west coast, where there's an abundant supply of fresh seafood.
A sweet and tart refreshing spiced drink concentrate made with fresh mangoes.
Thick and creamy mango-flavored yogurt, seasoned with a pinch of saffron.