Tag: indian food

Turmeric: The spice-and-dye

Turmeric: The spice-and-dye

| August 27, 2009 | 5 Comments

You know how that lovely yellow curry served up at your favorite hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant turns your napkin, the tips of your fingers, even your plate completely yellow? Congratulations, you have had a swift, yet definitive introduction to turmeric.

Turmeric has been turning everything yellow for eons. Originally it was not used as a spice for cooking, but as a dye, primarily for coloring holy robes.

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Fenugreek: The rough-and-tough seed

Fenugreek: The rough-and-tough seed

| August 8, 2009 | 2 Comments

When you look at the squat, rectangular and extremely hard seeds of fenugreek, you may wonder why anyone would take any trouble to work with it. But this unyielding spice is accompanied with a nutty, bitter and mellow flavor that could not be replicated by anything else.

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Indian Dining fit for a Sultan

Indian Dining fit for a Sultan

| February 17, 2009 | 4 Comments

We all have our go-to, dirt cheap, hole-in-the-wall Indian spot. This is not it. And thank goodness for that. No, Sultan is doing something different here — something exciting yet familiar. Step inside and hardwood floors, sleek tableware, flattering dimmed lighting, and soothing earth-toned walls meet the eye. Meanwhile, the nose is met with scintillating aromas of spice and good things to come.

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Contemporary Indian Cooking by the Book

Contemporary Indian Cooking by the Book

| December 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

Three Indian-inspired cookbooks tantalized my tastebuds this year. Each presents a new way of experiencing Indian flavors and food. Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking is actually a reprint of a book first published about ten years ago, but you-know-who made the whole “quick and easy” thing in fashion again so I can see […]

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Sharing Food Among the Sikh

| October 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]

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Cook by the Book: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes

Cook by the Book: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

I met Ruta Kahate at an Asia Society’s Off the Menu dinner a few months back. I had just received a review copy of her book, 5 Spices, 50 Dishes and was eager to try some recipes. Even better, that night I got to try a dish from the book, prepared by the author herself. […]

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Meet Ruta Kahate

Meet Ruta Kahate

| July 18, 2007 | 4 Comments

Ruta Kahate is the Oakland-based author of 5 Spices, 50 Dishes. She teaches popular Indian cooking classes and leads tours of India. Check out Ruta’s Indian Kitchen to learn more. 1. Which do you love the most, teaching classes, writing cookbooks or leading tours to India?Oh dear, tough one. I do enjoy all of them […]

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South Indian Rice Courses

South Indian Rice Courses

| March 4, 2007 | 7 Comments

Lest readers things that I only like to eat meat (and by meat, I mean, of course, pork) I’m dedicating today’s post to one of my favorite cusines: South Indian. After a recent crash course in using a Sumeet mixer-grinder, Ramach and Vidya introduced me to one of their standby eateries. I had planned to […]

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