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Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos

In Spanish, the word relleno means “stuffed.” Chiles are peppers. This recipe for stuffed peppers is baked. But chiles rellenos (CHEE-lays ray-YAY-nose) are often fried. Poblano Peppers The poblano (poe-BLAH-no) is like a green pepper. It is a darker color. In...

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LIFESAVER LENTILS

LIFESAVER LENTILS

I ate this dish outside Amber Fort, one of Rajasthan’s most breathtakingly beautiful palaces, but perhaps it was memorable because it was very nearly my last meal before I got caught between a fort wall and an elephant. There’s a small possibility that the lively,...

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RAJMA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

RAJMA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Gujaratis love to get the whole family over, and food is always central to the occasion. The only problem is that the family is usually pretty big. There’s an art to cooking for a lot of people. You need a dish that doesn’t require much prep, isn’t technically...

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BENGALI COCONUT DAL

BENGALI COCONUT DAL

This is a gentle and luxurious dal, nutty from the split chickpeas, and sweet and creamy from the cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut. Serves 4 as part of a main course 1½ cups chana dal (split black chickpeas)4 tablespoons desiccated or fresh grated coconut2 tablespoons...

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PANEER BUTTER MASALA

PANEER BUTTER MASALA

Hindus consider cows and all their milky produce—cream, butter, and cheese—sacred. I can’t argue with that. Traditionally, this dish would be made with a few large slabs of golden butter, but for the sake of decency I’ve toned things down a bit. It’s still an...

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PANEER KEBABS WITH MINT + CILANTRO

PANEER KEBABS WITH MINT + CILANTRO

Paneer is often in need of something to sharpen up its smooth creaminess and give it a kick in the right direction. In this case, the mint and cilantro marinade does a fabulous job. NOTE: You will need a blender for this recipe. Makes 6 to 8 skewers (enough for 4...

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ZUCCHINI KOFTA IN A GINGER + TOMATO SAUCE

ZUCCHINI KOFTA IN A GINGER + TOMATO SAUCE

In Lincolnshire, the first zucchini of the season are met with wild enthusiasm, which quickly turns to apprehension because of the constant challenge of finding new and interesting ways to cook them. Over the years, this is the dish my family never tires of. The kofta...

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WILD MUSHROOMS WITH CRACKED WHEAT + CILANTRO CHUTNEY

WILD MUSHROOMS WITH CRACKED WHEAT + CILANTRO CHUTNEY

Wild mushoom textures and flavors vary so dramatically, it’s really worth experimenting to see what you enjoy. My favorite is the ridiculously elegant chanterelle, the Chanel of the mushroom world, followed closely by the big, bulbous cep, which is meaty and looks...

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GOAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH CAFREAL

GOAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH CAFREAL

Cafreal is an enchanting Goan Portuguese dish traditionally made by cooking chicken in a tangy marinade of cilantro, garlic, green chiles, and spices. I’ve replaced the chicken with roasted squash, which works well with cafreal’s fierce little kick. The sauce can be...

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