Longans are new to me, the result of a quick trip to the Asian grocer on the way home from work. Rather than the two things I wanted to come home with, I found jicama, longans, and such incredible young fresh ginger. Oh my!
Longan in Mandarin means “dragon’s eye”. Such beautiful names meanings Chinese words have.
Longans are sold fresh at the end of summer and, interestingly, their availability marks the end of the lychee season. They look a bit like lychees with white flesh, hard brown seed, a thin brown leathery shell that easily peels off, and they grow in clusters in tropical climates. But the flavour, texture and moisture content are completely different. Lychees are fleshy, juicy, and are light tasting, but longans have a thinner, drier flesh that is firm in texture with a honey like flavour, and which is deeply perfumed. Fresh longans are smaller than lychees.
Similar recipes include Pomelo and Ruby Grapefruit Salad with Avocado, Longan and Young Ginger Tea, Jicama and Green Mango Salad, and Pomelo and Green Mango Salad.
You might like to browse other Asian recipes, or browse our Salad recipes. Perhaps you would like to browse our Late Summer recipes.
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Okra and yoghurt are pretty good together, as we have seen with other Okra Pachadi recipes. Today’s recipe differs a little in its treatment of the okra and the spices used. It is South Indian in style, with a mustard seed tadka and curry leaves. As well, the okra are split into lengths rather than rounds, giving a different visual appeal. Pachadi is similar to the North Indian raita.
Read more about Okra here.
We have a number of Okra and Yoghurt dishes. Try Quick Okra Raita, Okra in a Spicy Yoghurt Sauce (use okra in place of the pineapple), Okra Pachadi, Okra with Cumin and a Yoghurt Sauce, and Bhindi Raita.
Other Okra recipes include Okra with Mustard Oil, Sri Lankan Okra Curry, and Crispy Okra.
Browse all of our other Okra dishes, and other Pachadi recipes. Our Indian dishes are here and Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Early Spring dishes.
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A classic Indian Dish, one you will see everywhere. It is a surprising dish really – take some spinach, a few potatoes, and a few spices and the result is a dish that is easy to make and amazingly delicious.
There are two ways of making saag aloo – one is a dry saag aloo – and the other has the potato coated in a wet, smooth spinach gravy. Today’s recipe is the dry version – potatoes are mixed with sautéed spinach and spices.
Sauce-free Indian curries like these are really just slightly-more-elaborate vegetable sautés—toast spices in some oil, add in your vegetables, and finish with salt and sometimes a touch of sugar to season the simple, healthful spicy glaze that coats the vegetables. Simple, but deceivingly flavour-packed and delicious.
Also check Aloo Palak Subzi, a version of this dish without the tomatoes and with fried potatoes.
You might also like Malabar Spinach in Spicy Gravy, Mint Paneer, Makhana Palak (Lotus Seeds in Spinach Gravy), Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach Dry Curry and Palak Pachadi (Spinach and Yoghurt).
Browse other Spinach Recipes here and here and other Potato Recipes here and here. Other Indian recipes are here and here, or find inspiration in our Mid Spring recipes.
Never a pretty dish, the dry version of Aloo Saag is always packed full of flavour. I made this dish with mixed greens including some reddish ones, which darkened the spinach base a little.
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Quick salads, they make my heart beat faster. Quick, tasty salads faster still. Salads with the creamy, beautiful feta from the local Afghan shop, that is almost a heart attack! Here is your 3 minute salad, plus one more minute to slice up the crusty bread or tear the tafftoon or Nan-i Afgani flatbreads into bits and set up your place under the tree outside for a perfect light lunch.
Similar recipes include Parsley and Barley Salad with Marinated Feta, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, and Artichoke Hearts and Feta Salad with Tomatoes.
Browse all of our Feta dishes and all of our Salads. Our Middle Eastern recipes are here. Or browse our Early Summer dishes.
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I look forward to having green tomatoes from the garden – I love the tartness in salads, salsa, and topping other dishes (adding a real zing to them). Just occasionally my green grocer stocks them too.
This is a salad which is good with fresh mozzarella, either balls (big or small), plaits or long strings. We like to rip them open, roughly, spreading them over the plate, and topping with our other ingredients. Oh yum!
This recipes layers fresh mozzarella with green tomatoes and basil or other herbs. I know that you will enjoy it.
Are you looking for other Mozzarella dishes? Try The Little Italy Salad, Roast Red Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and White Beans, Mozzarella Salad with Crispy Tomato Crumbs, and Cheese and Eggplant Torte with Mozzarella.
What about other Green Tomato recipes? Try Green Tomato and Pineapple Salsa, Marinated Zucchini with Tomatoes, and Green Tomato Salsa.
You can browse all Mozzarella dishes, and all Green Tomato dishes. All of our Tomato Salad recipes are here and our Salads in total are here. Or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Yay for warm weather! And as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit warm, I begin making Summery salads again. I find them the most healthy type of dish for Spring, Summer and into Autumn. As each year passes, we eat salads further into winter, roasting our ingredients, or incorporating barley, freekeh, quinoa and other filling and satisfying ingredients.
Today’s salad is definitely a Spring dish, a Mushroom Salad. Spring Mushrooms are grilled with some red onion and then dressed. It is gorgeous.
Similar dishes include Pearl Mushrooms with Thyme, Mushroom Salad with Parmesan, Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Bean Sprouts, Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves, and Stuffed Mushrooms.
You might like to also browse our other Salads – over a hundred! Or just the Mushroom Salads. Have a look at all of our Mushroom recipes here. And explore our easy Early Spring recipes too.
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Fig Salads are extremely Autumnal, and beautiful, enlivening. They make you forget about the cold weather to come, and just add joy to the table.
Figs and almonds go very well together, and so do figs and hazelnuts. In this salad, hazelnut oil is used to sizzle some sliced hazelnuts before adding them to figs that have been warmed through in the oven.
Are you looking for other Fig Salads? Try White Fig and Rocket Salad, Baked Figs with Thyme, Figs with Rosewater and Almonds, and Fig and Almond Salad.
Similar Salads include Locquat Salad.
You can also browse all of our Fig recipes, and indeed all of our many many Salads. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.
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A beautiful, flowing-textured dal-based dish perfect over rice.
Poritha kuzhambu or Poricha kuzhambu is a style of kuzhambu that often includes coconut in its ground spice mix – this is the most defining characteristic of a Poritha Kuzhambu. This recipe is lentil based which can be made with either Toor Dal as we do here, or Green Gram Dal (Mung Dal). Although some Poritha Kuzhambu recipes can contain tamarind, this one does not.
This dish is not spicy, with very little spice added. It celebrates the taste and textures of the dal and the vegetable. You will enjoy it. It uses a per-prepared Sambar Powder, which you can purchase at an Indian grocery, or make your own.
Sometimes Poritha Kuzhambu is called a Lentil Vegetable Stew. That is not entirely accurate. There is no real equivalent in our cuisine – perhaps it can be described as a Lentil Based Gravy with a Vegetable, to eat over rice. It flavours the rice and the rice compliments the kuzhambu. I love kuzhambu so much, I will also eat a small bowl of it like a soup.
Are you looking for other similar recipes? Try Moringa Leaf Dal, Drumsrick Leaves Sambar, Poritha Kuzhambu with Tamarind and Amaranth, Poritha Kootu with Sambar Powder, Pitlai, Poritha Kuzhambu with Chilli and Cumin, and Chidambaram Brinjal Kothsu.
Or Drumstick recipes? Try Sampangi Pitlai, Race Kuzhambu and Drumstick Kadhi.
Feel free to browse all of our Poritha Kuzhambu recipes, all of our Kuzhambu recipes, and our Indian recipes. Drumstick recipes are here. You may also like to browse our easy Early Winter recipes.
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Rasavangi is a spicy, tamarind based eggplant dish that is a wonderful change from a regular sambar. It is similar to a Kootu or Pitlay and is very common in South Indian households.
Rasavangi is also a close cousin of the Arachuvitta Kootu/Sambar, but with different spices. (Arachuvitta means “to grinding the spices and add”, i.e. the dish is made by grinding fresh spices rather than using a pre-prepared powder.) It is a good example of how a small change in spices can make a dish taste very different. Rasavangi has a wonderful flavour profile of coriander and toasted coconut. Some recipes include peppercorns.
This recipe is from the doyen of authentic South Indian TamBram cooking – S. Meenakshi Ammal, and her books Cook and See.
You might like to browse our Sambar Recipes or all of our Eggplant recipes . Our Kuzhambu recipes are here. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes.
Continue reading “Kathirkkai Rasavangi | Brinjal Rasavangi | Eggplant in a Toor Dal-Coconut Gravy”
The soft flavours of fresh mozzarella pair with the tang of preserved lemon and caperberries.
Fresh Mozzarella is ideal for salads, having a creamy texture but soft flavour, so it compliments strong and tangy flavours. It also heightens dishes like grilled fennel, or produces soft and gentle flavours when paired with other soft flavours.
This salad has the softness of cucumber and mozzarella, and the tang of caperberries and preserved lemon. Each level of flavour is evident. It is a great summery salad.
Are you looking for similar Salads? Pease try our Tapenade Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella. You may also like Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella and Beetroot Salad with Honey and Ginger.
Browse our other Mozzarella dishes, and our other salads too. Or explore our Late Summer collection of dishes.
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I love dosa, that pan-cooked flatbread of India. I love it crispy and filled with a potato curry eaten with sambar and chutney. I like it meltingly soft and perfect for soaking up a wet curry with fingers tearing off chunks to sop up the wet dal or gravy and tease it into the mouth. I love the tartness that fermentation of the batter gives, watching it bubble and rise in the bowl sitting next to the stove. I love the vastness of the dosai repertoire, a dosa for every household in Southern India. I love pouring the batter onto the pan, coaxing it to spread with the bottom of the ladle. I love the telltale pattern that this makes. I love the ritual of making it. Dripping ghee on the top side, flipping it, eating the finished product. Continue reading “Random Dosai | Indian Pan-Cooked Flatbread from Lentil Flours”
Another Ottolenghi Classic.
One of our xmas lunch dishes came straight from Yotham Ottolenghi. Let’s be clear – most years we cook at least one dish from Yotham’s repertoire. Last year it was Potato Tartin. This year it was sweet potato wedges. They are surprisingly good.
The creme fraiche dressing was a bit heavy, I thought. Next time I might replace the creme fraiche with some thick yoghurt. Otherwise, the recipe was cooked mostly as detailed in Yotham’s book Plenty.
Have you also tried Potato and Sweet Potato Vindaloo or Madras Curry with Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach? Also try Chilli Soy Sauce.
Browse all of Ottolenghi dishes here, and all of our Sweet Potato recipes here and here.
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A oft-made rasam, the favourite rasam of many people.
Like a warming, comforting cup of spicy deliciousness, rasam is such special dish. It is no wonder it is a daily item in many Tamil households.
One of the most common rasams is tomato rasam. Full of spice, tangy from tamarind, and made with home grown organic tomatoes, it is not only delicious but healthy also.
We like to make rasams with the top water from cooking lentils – it adds flavour, uses the water that is usually drained off, and if some of the soft lentils actually get into the rasam, it just adds more flavour and a little texture.
I often keep home made tomato pulp and tomato juice in the freezer – even frozen whole tomatoes. These are perfect for making rasam.
Similar recipes include Pepper, Chilli and Cumin Seed Rasam.
You might also like to read The Difference between Sambar and Rasam.
Browse all of our Rasam recipes and explore all of our Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.
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A quick spinach and coconut dish.
Poriyals are generally finely chopped vegetable dishes that are tasty and easy to make. It takes only a few minutes, and coconut is added at the last moment.
You might also like to try Spinach Curry, Spinach, Miso and Tofu Napoleons, and Aloo Palak – Potatoes in Spinach Gravy.
Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here, or other Vegetable Fry recipes. You might also like our Spinach recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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There is something very comforting about potatoes. A bit of Friday night easy indulgence after a hard week – throw this potato dish into the oven with some asparagus in foil with wine and butter.
Melt bocconcini over the asparagus. Make a large herby green salad. Find a good TV program. Welcome in a long weekend.
This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.
Are you looking for Potato recipes? We like roast potatoes on the BBQ, and Sweet Potato Wedges.
Or try more Potato Gratin dishes: Potato and Cheddar Gratin, Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini with Thyme, and Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomato.
Browse all of our Potato recipes, and all of our Baked recipes. Explore our Late Winter recipes for even more inspiration.
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