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Dal (Spiced Lentil Soup)

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 3 comments

There as many versions of dal as there are Indian cooks. This is just one of mine, made with red split lentils and with no vegetable other than onions. The flavor is very South Indian, but the use of butter instead of oil (I actually use the spiced clarified butter niter kibbeh) and the inclusion of vadouvan at the end (to refresh the soup's flavor) take this out of strictly traditional territory. More

Spice Hunting: Curry Leaves

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 6 comments

By now I think it's reasonably common knowledge that curry powder is a British invention, not an Indian one. Indian cooking is no more summed up by that blend of turmeric, cumin, and black pepper than American cuisine is by ketchup and cheddar cheese. But there is a spice called curry—even by Indians!—whose singular aroma and flavor herald Indian cooking more than almost anything else. I'm talking about curry leaves, the nigh-magical herb essential to much of South Indian cooking. More

Spice Hunting: Kodampuli

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 12 comments

I'm afraid I'll never be able to get the stench of these out of my cabinets. I debated for months whether it was even worth writing about them. They stink, they aren't versatile, and there's not much English language information about them accessible to home cooks. But sometimes in the name of culinary creativity you do things you don't want to do, like cook with some curls of sun-dried and smoked fruit that look and smell like you found them behind an Ewok's ear. More

Kerala-Style Shrimp Curry

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz Post a comment

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Curries from Kerala tend to be pungent, sour, and full of seafood. They're rich, not with cream or ghee, but with coconut milk. There isn't a ton of easily found English-language information on the dish, but after... More

Culinary Ambassadors: Breakfast in South India

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 7 comments

Most breakfast foods in South India are eaten hot and are pretty filling — to get your day off to a good start. They're high in carbohydrates, like most breakfast foods in the world, but are usually savory rather than sweet. They're all delicious, and many of them are pretty healthy, too. Here are some of the most common. More

Cooking with Asafoetida: Tomato Gravy and Cabbage Koftas

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Learn more about Asafoetida here » Asafoetida lends itself best to saucy dishes and is often paired with cumin. This is a tomato gravy that takes well to stewing cauliflower and potatoes, but in this case is a last-minute sauce... More

Spice Hunting: Asafoetida (Hing)

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 19 comments

Some spices are statement flavors that speak for themselves. They're the big-name headliners that sell recipes the way A-list actors sell movie tickets. They may be subtle and unassuming like basil and sage or bold and brash like cumin and pimentón. They play well with all sorts of flavors and ingredients, crossing culinary boundaries while always remaining the star. Asafoetida is not that kind of spice. More

Table for Two: Chennai Garden

New York Kathy YL Chan 4 comments

Editor's note: It's one of New York's nagging questions: where can a couple sit down for dinner without breaking the bank? In Table for Two, Kathy YL Chan will find us some of the best dine-in spots where a two-top... More

Adventures in South Indian Breakfast: Dosa, Medu Vada, and More At Saravanaas

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

I’m a huge fan of the dosa—the enormous South Indian crepe, glistening with buttery ghee, made particularly popular in New York by the “Dosa Man” in Washington Square Park. Only recently, however, did I realize that the dosa is... More

Off the Beaten Path: Beyond Dosai at Flushing’s Southern Spice

New York Joe DiStefano 8 comments

I love dosa. What’s better than a crunchy, ghee-greased conical crepe packed with spiced potatoes? It's so delicious that I’ve often wondered whether there's more to South Indian food. Until this week, I've never seen a dish besides dosa... More

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