Snacks
RHUBARB + GINGER

RHUBARB + GINGER

You can serve this rhubarb in a few different ways. I prefer to eat it with yogurt, sometimes with some “nankatai”, or shortbread, crumbled over the top. Or, if I want something a bit more special, I whip up some heavy cream and add a drop or two of rose water and...

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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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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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FRESH PICKLED TURMERIC

FRESH PICKLED TURMERIC

This is a great delicacy, and also a pickle with a purpose. Turmeric has been heralded as a hero in the kitchen, a fighter against all ills. A little of this earthy pickle on your plate will go a long way. Watch out when you’re cooking with it, though: turmeric will...

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SOUR MANGO + JAGGERY CHUTNEY

SOUR MANGO + JAGGERY CHUTNEY

This chutney is a Gujarati favorite, made when the first mangoes of the season arrive. I asked my 83-year-old grandmother to show me how to make it. “I don’t remember how to,” she said, but amazingly, her hands rhythmically chopped the mango and stirred in the...

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MYSORE LEMON PICKLE

MYSORE LEMON PICKLE

This is a wonderful pickle. Tangy, pungent, and delicious, it’s long-lasting too. Makes a large jar (around 32 ounces) 2 pounds lemons½ cup canola oil30 fresh curry leaves2 teaspoons mustard seeds½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds¾-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated5...

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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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