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Jhaal Muri (Kolkata Puffed Rice Snack) Recipe by Manjula Jhaal Muri – Kolkata ...

Jhaal Muri – Kolkata Puffed Rice Snack

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Jhaal muri is a popular street food snack of Kolkata. Jhaal means spices and muri is puffed rice. A long time ago, I visited my uncle in Kolkata and I still remember this mouthwatering snack. This puffed rice is tossed with potato, cucumber, tomatoes.  A special blend of spices including tamarind pulp, and mustard oil are also […]

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Lachha Rabdi by Abhilasha Lachha Rabdi

Rhubarb Chutney Relish (Pickle) by Manjula Rhubarb Chutney (Relish, Pi...

Rhubarb Chutney (Relish, Pickle)

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Rhubarb Chutney; you may call this relish or pickle. This Sweet and sour chutney with blend of spices taste grate and very addicting. This is a great complement to any meal.

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Poached Pears with Warming Spices Recipe by Stephen Davidson Poached Pears with Warming ...

Poached Pears with Warming Spices

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These are perfect for the wintertime; they’re hearty and warming, full of delicious spice, and easy to make. They’re also not too rich, which is a relief after a season of indulgence. If you’ve got the time, make extra and save them for a lovely breakfast with some oatmeal or yogurt.

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Herbs and Spices do more th...

Herbs and Spices do more than taste good

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Here is an interesting article about herbs and spices in the Washington Post that a friend sent me: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081504079.html

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Tumeric Turmeric (haldi)

Turmeric (haldi)

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Turmeric is an ancient spice, a native of south east asia, commonly used in curries, dyes, and as a condiment. It is still used in rituals of the hindu religion. Turmeric is a mild digestive. An ointment base on the spice is used as an antiseptic. Turmeric water is an asian cosmetic applied to impart a golden glow to the complexion. Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases.

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Tamarind Tamarind (imli)

Tamarind (imli)

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Tamarind’s acidic, juicy pulp is used to flavor a variety of foods. It is used as a souring agent in indian lentil dishes, curries and chutneys, where its flavor is more authentic than vinegar or lemon juice. Tamarind is considered a mild laxative and digestive.

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Saffron Saffron (kesar)

Saffron (kesar)

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Saffron offers the distinctive aroma and taste. Saffron is used in cooking as a seasoning and coloring agent. Saffron oil has therapeutic properties. In India, saffron is used in winter because it provides heat.

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Red Chilli Red Chili (lal mirch)

Red Chili (lal mirch)

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Red chilies are used in indian cooking as one of the main spice. Red chilies are used whole, crushed or in powder form. Sun dried red chilies vary from red to blackish brown in color. Red chilies comes in many varieties some are hotter then other. The intense heat of the chili is concentrated in the seeds.

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Paprika Paprika (dagi mirch)

Paprika (dagi mirch)

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In india, a similar powdered spice comes from a fruit locally called ‘deghi mirchi’ the seasoning is used in many cuisines to add colour and flavour to dishes.

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Mustard Seeds Mustard seed (rai)

Mustard seed (rai)

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Dry mustard seed has no aroma but hot flavor is released when this mixes with water. It is often used in indian cooking specially for pickling.

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Mango Powder Mango Powder (amchoor)

Mango Powder (amchoor)

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Mango powder is made from raw green mangoes that are cut, sun-dried, and pounded into powder. Mango powder is used much like lemon. But it gives food a tangy, sour taste without adding moisture. Its tart flavor is used as a souring agent in soups, dals, vegetable dishes and chutneys.

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Fennel Seed Fennel seed (saunf)

Fennel seed (saunf)

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The bulb, foliage, and seeds of the fennel plant are widely used in many of the culinary traditions of the world. Dried fennel seed is an aromatic, it is commonly used to treat asthma, bronchitis, colic disease, food poisoning and motion sickness

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Fenugreek Dry Leaves Fenugreek Dry Leaves (methi...

Fenugreek Dry Leaves (methi)

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Fenugreek is used both as an herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed). The yellow colored fenugreek seed, commonly called methi, is frequently used in the preparation of pickles and curry powders. The young leaves and sprouts of fenugreek are eaten as greens. Fresh or dried leaves are used to flavor dishes. Fenugreek is mainly used as digestive aid. It is ideal for treating sinus, lung congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection.

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Ginger Ginger (adrak)

Ginger (adrak)

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Fresh ginger added to tea is believed to relive sore throats and head colds. Ginger is used in cooking, pickles and drinks. It is valuable for disorders of the digestive system.

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