Living in India I am learning a lot of new things. I have always considered myself a good cook, but now I am forced into eating, preparing and learning new ways for my family. Here are some of my favorite recipes and tips on cooking Indian dishes authentically. Please feel free to comment and request dishes or techniques used you would like explained in more detail. As many of you know Blogger is LAME but its where my stuff is, so…I post all my recipes as comments. Thanks for your patience!
Firstly, a few things that are needed to make an Indian Kitchen run well:
Pressure Cooker- The pressure cooker is the life of our kitchen and tummies. We depend on it for everything as most Indians do NOT have a western stove or oven. Some don’t even have a microwave. Gas is provided a bit differently here so a gas stove is a hard to come by product. So, learning that a pressure cooker is a great way to cook will make your Indian cooking go much smoother. And for those who are afraid it will blow up….come on now we live in the 21st Century!!
Deep Pots and flat pans (called dosa pans)– Deep pots like a stock pot with a thick bottom and pancake pans are ideal. Must have to cook our favorite dishes.
Insulated container for curd to maintain 85-90 deg for 8 hours
Food Products Needed In Pantry
I suggest that when using powder you grind it from the whole spice itself. It is fresher that way!!
dried coriander seed (powder & whole)
whole cinnamon bark
dried star anise with pods
cumin/jeera (powder and whole)
black mustard seed
red chili powder
whole dried red chillies
asafoetida/hing powder (never use in dishes without cooking it or get runs)
peanut oil, sunflower oil
whole cloves at least 1 large one on hand
onions- everything has onions in it
split lentils- red & yellow (be careful of eating too many red ones bad for liver)
salt (iodized and rock salt)
fresh or dried curry leafs/karivepaaku- (curry tree seeds are poisonous)
dried bengal gram/cici beans/garbonzo beans/chickpeas/chana
dried green gram/mung beans
dried black gram/urad dal/black lentil
rava/semolina coarse ground
white rice short grain
raw peanuts/ground nuts whole
fried gram/roasted bengal gram
If in USA please stay tuned as I will provide websites and markets for those who need to find these items. For now look for your local Indian Market (usually coupled with Pakistani Markets or Filipino Markets)
If I add anything to this list after it is updated I will put in different colors and post the date of the changes in this post.