Side Dishes
Cabbage Pie

Cabbage Pie

Pie is not only for dessert. For main meals, a savory double-crust pie is also called “potpie.” Mashed potatoes are the top crust for shepherd’s pie. A quiche (keesh) is a single-crust pie made with vegetables, cheese, and eggs. What You Need Equipment: Pie panCutting...

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BEET RAITA

BEET RAITA

This beet raita is loud and proud in color and flavor. I like to eat it just by itself with a little naan, or as an accompaniment to kebabs, dals, or greens. Serves 4 as a side (and can be doubled easily) 2 tablespoons canola oil1 clove of garlic, sliced wafer thin½...

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SMASHED PINEAPPLE+ TURMERIC RAITA

SMASHED PINEAPPLE+ TURMERIC RAITA

A new pretender to the raita throne is this sweet, hot, earthy number. Sunshine in a bowl. Serves 4 as a side 1 tablespoon canola oil1 teaspoon black mustard seeds¾ cup fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks2–3 teaspoons sugar1 tablespoon lemon juice1/3 teaspoon...

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RHUBARB + GINGER CHUTNEY

RHUBARB + GINGER CHUTNEY

In this time of being able to access most fruit and veg all year round, forced rhubarb remains staunch in only making a brief appearance each year from late January to April. When it does, I want to preserve as much of it as possible, but despite my best intentions,...

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PINEAPPLE + GINGER CHUTNEY

PINEAPPLE + GINGER CHUTNEY

In Kolkata there is a restaurant called Kasturi that has no menu. The chef there cooks some of the best food I’ve had, and always serves this pineapple and ginger chutney to boot. It really does go with anything—I’ve eaten it with fish, meat, and dosas, and it makes a...

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FRESH COCONUT CHUTNEY

FRESH COCONUT CHUTNEY

Fresh, creamy, hot, and the perfect accompaniment to the dosas here and here. This is a fresh chutney, so it won’t keep long and ideally needs to be made on the day of eating. NOTE: You will need a blender for this recipe. Serves 2 1 Indian green chile1¾ cups fresh...

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HARSHA AUNTY’S GREEN CHILE + MUSTARD PICKLE

HARSHA AUNTY’S GREEN CHILE + MUSTARD PICKLE

Adding pungent mustard to hot chiles doesn’t sound as though it should work, but the combination is sublime. A couple of days’ fermenting with some lemon juice and salt really rounds the edges off the chiles and creates a champion worthy of a daily spot on the kitchen...

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