Archive for the The Indian Half Category

Spicy Spinach Dip

This year I’ll be enjoying my first Super Bowl. Oh, I’ve watched plenty of games over the years, and I’ve enjoyed rooting for an arbitrarily chosen team, but this year my team is playing. I’m a Niners fan, but the last time they were in

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Cauliflower Rice

We eat a lot of rice around here. As is true of most Asian cuisines, rice is a staple of Indian food, and for the most part, I can’t imagine curries without it. However, I have found that I feel much better (and so does

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Out-of-Season Tomato Chutney

We’re in the heart of winter, and fresh, juicy, ripe tomatoes are long gone. Don’t you miss these beauties? Sure, you can still find tomatoes in most grocery stores, but they are either grown in a hot house or come from far away lands. And

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Jinga (Shrimp) Curry

I haven’t eaten shrimp in a long time. Let’s just say that many, many years ago, I had an unpleasant experience in a foreign country, and I just couldn’t tolerate the taste and texture of shrimp as a result. Maybe I’ll tell that story someday…but

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Baigan Bhaji…or Spinach with Eggplant and Tomato

Whenever I make an Indian curry, I like to also make some bhaji. In my husband’s family, this term is used to describe leafy green vegetables: bok choy, mustard greens, spinach, etc. While basic Indian greens are tasty and simple to make, I’ve learned to

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Basic Indian Greens

There are so many great vegetables that benefit from Indian-style cooking, but one of my favorites is bok choy. Perhaps it is the mild peppery flavor, or the slightly crunchy texture, or the fact that it goes well with just about any Indian main dish

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Boiled Peanuts

Until I got married, the only type of peanut I had ever tasted was packaged in a blue-topped can with a top-hatted peanut smiling at me from behind his monocle. Dry roasted and salted, these peanuts were a snack staple, especially at my grandparents’ house.

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Tomato Chutney

Every visit to the farmer’s market makes me so thankful that I live in a place where fresh, local produce is available year-round. I especially love summer and fall because of the incredible variety of fruits and vegetables that are available. We are nearing the

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Spiced Okra

I’m enchanted by vegetables. Bet you don’t hear that everyday! Now don’t get me wrong: I’m most definitely an omnivore, and I enjoy meat for most meals on most days, but vegetables are much more interesting and enjoyable for me to prepare and eat. I

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A Chinese Okra by any other name…

…would still be a crazy looking vegetable. But oh, so tasty! My in-laws call it turai, which is what I called it before I knew there was another name. When I saw some at my local farmer’s market, I asked one of the vendors and

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