Salads & Dressings
Gado-Gado

Gado-Gado

“Gado-gado” means “mix-mix.” In Indonesia, this salad is a complete one-dish meal. The word for sauce is bumbu. Gado-gado uses peanut bumbu. What You Need Equipment: ColanderCutting boardSharp knifeSaucepanStirring spoonLarge bowlSmall bowl or jar with lid (to mix...

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Cheryl’s Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Cheryl’s Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

I enjoyed this at the home of my friend, Cheryl Castle. She served it with her Hummus Spread with Pita Bread (page 6). It was so yummy. Cheryl suggests serving this dish as soon as it has had a chance to chill, rather than preparing it in advance. ¼ cup freshly...

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CUCUMBER + MINT RAITA

CUCUMBER + MINT RAITA

Serves 4 as a side (and can be doubled easily) 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, plus extra to serve½ cucumber, plus extra to serve (about 4 ounces)1 generous cup plain Greek yogurtlarge handful fresh mint leaves, shredded1/3 teaspoon salt Place a frying pan over medium heat...

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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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