Salads & Dressings
HILL STATION SALAD

HILL STATION SALAD

In the heat of summer, the Darjeeling hills are a great shelter from the blistering temperatures of Kolkata. But the journey from Kolkata to Darjeeling is turbulent and long, and all I ever want when I arrive (aside from a medicinal gin and tonic) is a bath and the...

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LEAVES, HERBS, + CURDS

LEAVES, HERBS, + CURDS

Serves 4 as a side ½-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped½ an Indian green chile3 tablespoons canola oil2 tablespoons lemon juice1/3 teaspoon ground cumin1/3 teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepper2/3 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped1 cup loosely packed...

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SPROUTING KACHUMBAR

SPROUTING KACHUMBAR

Turning dull, hard seeds into crunchy, fresh food using just water feels like nothing short of a miracle in a “Jack and the Beanstalk” way. Of course, you don’t need to sprout your own, as supermarkets, health food shops, and Asian supermarkets have already done that...

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TOMATO + CHICKPEA SALAD WITH A LIME TARKA

TOMATO + CHICKPEA SALAD WITH A LIME TARKA

Tarka is a technique used in Indian cooking which involves frying spices (or herbs, nuts, or chiles) in oil or ghee to add flavor. Think of it as a sort of hot, spiced dressing. I’ve used lime and cumin together here, which really lifts all the other ingredients and...

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HOT GREEN BEAN, CASHEW, + COCONUT SALAD

HOT GREEN BEAN, CASHEW, + COCONUT SALAD

A salad greater than the sum of its parts that will dominate the dinner table delightfully. Works well with rice and sambhar, and with beet shami kebabs too. NOTE: As tamarind paste varies from brand to brand, add it gradually until it tastes good to you. Serves 4 as...

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TERESA’S MANGO SALAD

TERESA’S MANGO SALAD

When my friend Teresa made this for a party, I immediately frogmarched her straight down to the local grocer so she could re-create it. (Sorry, Teresa.) Both this salad and Teresa are from the Seychelles, but the salad is actually Indian in origin. It’s very hot and...

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PANEER, MANGO, + TAMARIND SALAD

PANEER, MANGO, + TAMARIND SALAD

You need hard, semi-ripe mangoes for this, as they tend to have a good balance between sweetness and acidity. They don’t have to be Indian—the green Brazilian mangoes available all year round work really well. You can eat this salad by itself or with some bread, like...

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FRESH MATAR PANEER

FRESH MATAR PANEER

This is an update of an aging rock star of Indian dishes—matar paneer, or paneer and pea curry. I’ve kept the vegetables crisp and tender so they don’t surrender to mushiness: the result is a younger, edgier new kid on the block with a bit more attitude. Serves 4 as a...

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RADISH, RED ONION, + POMEGRANATE SALAD

RADISH, RED ONION, + POMEGRANATE SALAD

A smart and seductive salad. Marinating the red onion for an hour or so in the smashed pomegranate and lime juice takes away its punch, leaving behind fresh, bittersweet, and peppery flavors. Perfect with a dense, buttery rice or a smoky lamb kebab, if you’re that way...

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