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Dal (Spiced Lentil Soup)

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

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

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