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Diverse Indian cuisine, many from my book Flavors of India for Tasty Palates

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Mini Watermelon Barfi

This is an Indian sweet that I’ve loved over many years. A few years back I saw them decorated as watermelon slices and have since adapted that design in my own way. Feel free to color and shape the barfi from this recipe into any design. The recipe given here makes about 60 mini watermelon slice burfi pieces.   Ingredients: 15 oz part skim ricotta cheese 1 stick of butter 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup dry milk 1/2 tsp grinded cardamon seeds whole cardamon seeds green food coloring red food coloring Directions: Place two paper towels on a dish and empty the ricotta cheese on top of them. This will help absorb …

Sweets of India

Sweets of India

Indian cuisine is known throughout the entire World as a sweet cuisine and this tag doesn’t come along without some extremely solid arguments. How else would you call a country’s cuisine if almost half its dishes are either sweets or desserts? Actually, Indian sweets have not only made Indian food famous throughout history, but they have been acquired and accommodated to European and North American dishes, finding great success in fancy “Baltic” restaurants through-out England, France, the United States or Spain. Ancient Sanskrit literature from India mention feasts and offerings of mithas (sweet). One of the more complete surviving document, with extensive description of sweets and how to prepare them …

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Magic Spice – the Garam Masala

  Often when one comes across the ingredient Masala, Garam Masala, and Curry powder in any Indian recipe, there is confusion. The Chapter on “Understanding Biryani, Pulao, and Curries” sufficiently demystified “Curry Powder”, and my goal in this chapter is to do the same for Masala and Garam Masala. There are many different masalas, but for now I will simply write about the most commonly used masalas in my recipes, namely Garam Masala, Mutton Masala, and Goda Masala. I would also like to show you how to prepare these masalas in your own kitchen in the hopes that eventually you would create your own variant mix! Remember, this small list …

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Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Soup Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 1/4 cups) 1 medium jalapeño, finely chopped (remove ribs and seeds if you don’t want your soup super spicy) 3 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped (about 3 teaspoons) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Two 24-ounce jars tomato sauce (preferably Bionatura brand – labeled as “strained tomatoes”) or two 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) sugar or honey 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and half (optional) Special Equipment: stick …