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Kottu Rasam | Plain Simple Rasam | Method 2

This recipe is another from Meenakshi Ammal’s books Cook and See. It is a plain rasam, very simple and quick to make as it does not contain any significant amount of toor dal. She has three methods for making this rasam, each one treats the 1 teaspoon of toor dal that it does contain, in a different way. I have detailed Method 1, and this is Method 2.

Have a look at the types of  rasam powder. If your intention is to make a plain rasam without toor dal, it is best to use a powder that does not contain large amounts of toor dal.  That is the case with this rasam. But any rasam powder will work really well, so you can use whichever type you have.

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Roast Pumpkin Couscous Salad with Chilli Jam

When Autumn takes hold and Winter is just around the corner, salads become heartier.

As the weather gets colder in the transitional months after Summer, Autumnal and Wintery colours are introduced into the kitchen. Pumpkins, polenta, couscous. Pomegranate. Quince, Pears. Apples.

This morning – it is so much cooler in the pre-dawn mornings – pumpkin is roasted until utterly caramelised. Couscous is cooked. And a salad comes together.

You might like to browse our Pumpkin Salad recipes, and all of the Pumpkin recipes here and here. And the Couscous recipes here and here. Be inspired by a range of Winter dishes here and here.

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Cracked Wheat and Mung Kitchari

A great, different kitchari

Kitchari is generally made with short grained rice and mung dal, cooked until they both collapse into a semi solid dish which is nourishing and tasty. Kitchari has been adopted globally as a healthy, quick dish, easy to digest and compatible with a lot of dietary requirements and fads.

Outside of India, though, recipes vary dramatically from the original. Long grained Basmati is used rather than the more sticky short grain rices like Soma Masouri. This changes the nature of the dish. Soupy and porridge-like consistencies are called Kitchari. And dishes made from other ingredients are labeled Kitchari.

Although the genesis of this dish of cracked wheat and mung dal comes from an approach which was called a Kitchari, it breaks almost every rule for a true, traditional Kitchari. It is more like a savoury gruel, a dal perhaps, or porridge. But as Kitchari literally means “mixture” or “mess”, we will let it pass.

Cook this dish with beautiful, yellow split mung dal – overnight in the slow cooker is ideal, for a warming and nourishing breakfast.

We have a lot of kitchari recipes. You can browse them here. Explore our other rice dishes here and here too. Read our Indian Essentials here, and perhaps browse information on Spices.

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Sevai Kheer | Vermicelli Payasam

A delicious dessert from a Parsi lady.

There is a fabulous cook in Sydney, a Persian (Irani) lady from the North of India, who cooks a mean yoghurt curry and this lovely dessert. She is an Ayurvedic healer and Bowen therapist and I love her work. You will enjoy this dessert.

You can browse our other Payasam recipes here and here, and the Dessert recipes here and here. Explore our Summer recipes here and here.

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Chilli Jam with Deep and Complex Flavours | A HOT Chilli Paste

A Chilli Jam with extraordinary depth of flavours.

This Chilli Jam is more complex and refined that many others. Slow, slow cooking gives it an enduring and lingering natural sweetness which is enhanced with the addition of jaggery.

Although it is called a jam, it is not a spread. It is closer to a Chilli Paste. It is as hot as you can imagine chillies to be, and spread it on your toast at your peril.

Feel free to browse our Chilli recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Sweet and Savoury Jam recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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A Light Summery Tomato Soup | Indian Tomato and Potato Soup

Take this soup on summer picnics.

A gorgeously summery tomato soup that is perfect for Autumn too. Good tomatoes are generally available from Early Summer to Mid Autumn, and light soups suitable for the weather are wonderful.

This is an Indian soup. As I understand it, soups are more recent additions to South Indian cuisine, probably as a result of the British dominance. Not a rasam, generally not spicy, they are nevertheless flavoursome. On one trip to Kerala we got into the habit of having soup after our meal, sitting outside and chatting the evening away.

Madhur Jaffrey also does a wonderful tomato soup in one of her books – full of lemongrass and Indian spices and it is a real keeper. Explore some other tomato soup recipes and here. Or browse our summery salads here and here. Our Indian recipes are here and here.

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Mushrooms for Toast

Nostalgic mushrooms on toast

Such a classic dish, Mushrooms on Toast. Breakfast, lunch, snacks or a quick dinner, the humble mushroom steps in.

Are you looking for mushrooms? You might find some more mushroom dishes here and here. Or browse our snacks here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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Coriander and Coconut Fresh Chutney | A Simple Indian Coriander and Coconut Chutney

A fresh South Indian Chutney made from pureed coconut and coriander.

This is a simple Indian chutney. There are three varieties of chutney: fresh chutneys, cooked chutneys, and dry chutneys. Fresh South Indian chutneys are smooth purees made from uncooked ingredients, perhaps seasoned with a tadka of mustard seeds, dal, and curry leaves. They are best freshly made, but they stay good for a couple of days if refrigerated. Made from raw ingredients this type of chutney is unlike most other dishes which have at least some degree of cooking.

Chutneys add zing to a meal and are an essential part of a South Indian meal time. They can be prepared with a limitless variety of ingredients.

Are you looking for chutneys? There are a range of Eastern and Western Chutneys here and here. Browse our Coriander dishes here and here. Or explore Indian recipes here.

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Mango Rice

A quick rice dish for mango season – it’s a drop dead gorgeous rice

In Spring and early Summer, it is hard not to love summer fruits – apricots, nectarines, peaches, oh my goodness. So far untouched by the relentless sun of summer, they are sweet, juicy and divine. So too the mangoes. So many at this time, and so cheap. Mango rice is perfect for this time of the year.

We have a recipe for Lemon Rice with Mango Seed. Please also try our other Mango recipes here and here too. Or you might like to browse our rice recipes here and here. And our Spring recipes are here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | 19 Hints, Tips and How To’s for Mid Summer Cooking

Ideas for easy Summer living

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

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

Enjoy some Helpful Hints and Tips Inspiration for Mid Summer. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Summer; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Summer. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Hints and Tips for Mid Winter Cooking

Inspiration for Healthy Mid Winter Living

 

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

Enjoy some Sweet Things and Chai Inspiration for Mid Winter. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Winter; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Winter. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Perfect 1-Pot Rice and Vegetables Dinner | A Quick Meal from the Rice Cooker

A quick dish for busy days.

I have this meal that I make when in a hurry but need to eat . Or maybe too tired to cook. Perhaps it is Sunday night. It works every time. Made of rice and vegetables it is one of innumerable rice dishes that can form meals. This one is quick, all done in 20 – 25 minutes, and is cooked in the rice cooker. Moreover it is healthy and delicious.

You might like to browse other rice dishes here and here. Or flick through ideas for Autumn food here and here. Snacks are great for Sunday Nights too – have a look here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | BBQ Bliss for Mid Summer Outdoor Dining

Ideas for easy Summer living

BBQs are lit and outdoor fun begins, especially on the long summer nights and relaxing weekends. BBQs are taken to the beach and to picnics in the park. The days are long and enjoyable.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

Enjoy some great BBQ Inspiration for Mid Summer. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Summer; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Summer. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things and Cooling Drinks for Mid Summer Relaxing

Ideas for easy Summer living

Desserts are less complicated in hot weather. Fruits are sliced, chilled and served, fruit salads are common, icecream is a must. With the soaring temperatures, less effort is placed on desserts, and they must be light, refreshing and cooling.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

Enjoy some Sweet and Cooling Inspiration for Mid Summer. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Summer; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Summer. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Sweet Things and Drinks for Delicious Mid Winter Blues

Inspiration for Healthy Mid Winter Living

 

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

Enjoy some Sweet Things and Chai Inspiration for Mid Winter. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Winter; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Winter. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Breads and More for Mid Summer Sustenance

Ideas for easy Summer living

Days are long and evenings are balmy. Summer fruit and vegetables are prolific. Grains and Lentils take a back seat during the hot weather, with less of them and smaller portions.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

Enjoy some special Grains, Lentils, Breads and Tofu Inspiration for Mid Summer. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Mid Summer; Salads; Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; BBQs; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Drinks and Sweets; Dips, Sauces, Purees and Preserves; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Summer. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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