[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Rasam is a thin tomato soup often served as a dip or broth in Indian cuisine. This is very much my own version, with a flavor inspired by what's often found in restaurants, but bulked up by...
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If asked a few weeks ago what real culinary value powdered, dried, unripe mangoes have, I'd have said little. I'd put it up there with turmeric as a minute flavor element easily excluded from all but the most finicky and detailed of recipes (let it be noted I have no intentions on starting a fight about turmeric). But oh how wrong I would have been. I'll say it upfront: I'm incredibly excited about this stuff. I've had trouble cooking something up that doesn't benefit from a sprinkle. [Photograph: tiny banquet committee on Flickr]