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Ingredients, Page 2

This category contains facts about ingredients such as their names in various languages, where you can find them and how you can use them. A lot of Indian food is regional and the names used for them come from the language that is predominant in the state where the dish originates. I will try to give you synonyms of ingredients and food in English, Kannada (my mother tongue), Tamil and Hindi where I can and where I think it appropriate.

Spiced labneh

This one is my own recipe. A friend of mine came up with it about a month ago when she was over …

Tempering for rasam

Tempering in action

My last two posts Tempering/Seasoning de-constructed – Part I and Tempering/Seasoning de-constructed – Part II were about the concept of “tempering” with respect to South Indian food. In …

Strands of saffron on a bay leaf

Quick and dirty saffron pulao

I’ve been travelling for work and pleasure and hence my absence from the blog. I will post a couple of recipes to …

Picture of a fenugreek plant from


If you are wondering what fenugreek is, it is a green leafy vegetable that grows from fenugreek seeds ( It is called …

Sanjeev Kapoor's Dum Aloo Amritsari

Sanjeev Kapoor’s Dum Aloo Amritsari

THIS IS NOT MY OWN RECIPE !! Source: Aloo’ means potatoes in Hindi. ‘Dum’ means strength or pressure and in this context, …

India and her states

A map of India

I have put a map of India on this page to give you a feel for where the food I make comes …