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Pepper Rice | South India

An exquisite dish, flavoured beautifully with the pepper, balanced with curry leaves and sesame seeds

There are so many recipes for rice, especially rice flavoured with other ingredients. Carrot Rice. Lemon Rice. Curd Rice. Tamarind Rice. Sesame Rice. Coconut Rice. Green Mango Rice.

Pepper rice is easy to make and the aroma! It is an exquisite dish, flavoured beautifully with the pepper – the flavour is so well balanced, not too hot but hot enough (it is pepper after all). Pepper here is the main ingredient, and the rice is the carrier.

This recipe has pepper as the main ingredient, with curry leaves and sesame seeds to offset the heat of pepper. The aromatic flavor of curry leaves, the mild nutty taste of sesame seeds and the sharp flavor of pepper blend into the rice giving it an irresistible authentic flavor.

You might like to browse our other Rice recipes here and here, and perhaps the Indian collection of recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking: | 15 Tips, Hints and How To’s for Late Spring

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Help in the Kitchen for Late Spring with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Enjoy some Tip and Hints for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack RecipesSalad and Vegetable Dishes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, for Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 20 Tips, Hints and How To’s for Late Autumn

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Help in the Kitchen for Late Autumn with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Enjoy some Helpful inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, and Teas and Sweets for Late Autumn.

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Seasonal Cooking | 7 Drinks and 8 Sweet Things for Delicious Late Spring Days

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

Hot teas give way to cooling drinks and yoghurt, and sweet desserts play a transitioning role between the cooler weather and Summer. In the promise of heat, a cooling drink and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Drinks and Desserts for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack RecipesSalad and Vegetable Dishes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 4 Teas and 7 Sweet Things for Delicious Late Autumn Days

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Hot teas, often milky, and sweet desserts come more to the forefront in the cooler weather.  In the cool of the late evening, a tea and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Sweet Inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes for Late Autumn, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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Moroccan Carrot Salad

Essentially Moroccan. The sweetness of the raisins against the crunchy carrots makes this salad special.

This morning’s salad, made in a matter of moments, colourful and divine, is a Carrot Salad from Morocco.

You might like to try other carrot salads – Asian Salad, Carrot and Blueberry Salad, or Carrot Raita. All of our Salads are here and here. Or browse our Carrot dishes here and here. Be inspired by Summer recipes here and here. Continue reading “Moroccan Carrot Salad”

Seasonal Cooking | 4 Great Soups and 19 Snacks for Late Spring Fun

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

Soups become less important in Late Spring, unless they are light and cool.  We look to our food to provide substance without bulk.

Enjoy some Soups and Snacks for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Drinks and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 10 Great Soups for Late Autumn

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Soups become more important in Late Autumn as we look to our food to begin to add warmth, along with sox, slippers and warm baths.

Enjoy some Soup inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Teas and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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Seasonal Cooking | 18 Salads, 11 Vegetable Dishes and 9 Preserves for Late Spring Healthy Eating

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

As we put our winter coats back into the wardrobe, weary of the cold, vegetables turn to the last of the Spring bounty and the first of the Summer harvest.

Enjoy some Salads, Vegetables and Preserves for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack Recipes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Drinks and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 5 Salads, 28 Vegetable Dishes and 6 Preserves for Late Autumn Healthy Eating

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

As we pull our winter coats out of the wardrobe, ready for the cold, vegetables turn to roots, pumpkins and the last of the tomatoes.

Enjoy some Salad and Vegetable inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Teas and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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Seasonal Cooking | 15 Goodies, Grains and Lentil Dishes for Late Spring Sustenance

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

Coats and jackets put away and anticipation is high for the weather to come. The weather is still capricious, but food becomes lighter, as though our body is shedding its layers too. Lentil and bean dishes are also less substantial, and still feature prominently.

Enjoy some Goodies, Grains and Lentils for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack Recipes, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Drinks and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 18 Goodies, Grains and Lentil Dishes for Late Autumn Sustanance

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Coats and jackets are out and anticipation is high for the weather to come. Food becomes more filling and warming, as though our body is preparing for the cold ahead. Lentils and beans feature more prominently.

Enjoy some Goodies, Grains and Lentil inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Teas and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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A Fresh Indian Cucumber Salad | Cucumber and Mung Kosumalli, Version 4 | Vellarikkai Kosumalli

Fresh and inviting

It is rather rare to have raw ingredients in South Indian cuisine. At the least, most ingredients are sauteed. There are a couple of exceptions. This is a Kosumalli, closer to a Western version of a salad than, say, Sundals which are often referred to as salads but differ from their Western counterparts.

While Western salads depend on their dressing – primarily oil, vinegar, mayonnaise and herbs – to make the collection of raw ingredients interesting, Indian Kosumalli use crunch from the fried lentils, coconut, lime or lemon juice, and spices.

This salad, Kosummali, is fresh and lively with the ever present hit of chilli. You will love it. The smell of the cucumber after the hot ghee hits it is divine.

You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here. You might enjoy Cucumber Kosumalli with Sesame (V1), Cucumber Kosumalli (V2), and Cucumber Kosumalli (V3). Explore all Cucumber Salads here and here. Browse our complete Salad collection here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking: Indian Deliciousness | 33 Recipes for a Late Spring Feast

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

As Summer teases with warmer weather, coats and jackets are put away and thoughts turn to spicy snacks, cooling drinks and lighter Indian dishes. Time to explore Indian Salads and Lassi Drinks.

Enjoy some Indian inspiration for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack Recipes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Drinks and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring.

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Seasonal Cooking: Indian Deliciousness | 26 Great Indian Dishes for Late Autumn Feasts

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Late Autumn can still be capricious even though it is heading to winter and cold windy weather. Coats and jackets are out and anticipation is high for the weather to come.

Enjoy some Indian inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Teas and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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Simple Indian Dal Soup

A nourishing soup for a cooler night

“Soups” are an interesting concept in South India. Soups do exist, although I suspect they are a relatively modern concept influenced by the British occupation. Contrasted with this are many soupy South Indian dishes like rasam, sambar, kuzhambu, kootu, dals etc that are not soups as we understand them, yet appear to be soup-like to non-Indian eyes.

Recently in India I was eating at a large canteen. The food was great. One counter in the canteen offered us small bowls of liquid. I asked Rasam? No, he said, Soup. I thought I did not understand his accent. Rasam? I asked again. Soup he said again. Ok, soup.

They were generally thin stocks without vegetables, but perhaps with a little body from undetectable lentils. Not as thin as a broth, not as thick as, say, a creamed soup. Highly delicious, and we often had 2 or 3 small bowls of it at the end of our meal, as we sat outside reviewing the day’s activities. In the cool of the evening, after a hot hot day, it was delicious.

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