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India has a wide range of green teas too. Green teas from Darjeeling and Nilgiri are excellent.


What You Should Know About Green Tea Tea Essentials
4/28/14 11:51 AM

excellent, and so adorable...lucky kid


Before & After: Crib to Lofted Toddler Bed Adriel Booker
4/28/14 10:25 AM

An easy recipe for chaat masala- roast 1 part cumin seeds on hot griddle till dark brown, almost black. Add red chilli powder, black cardamom seeds, dried mint leaves, dried and roasted pomegranate seeds, ajwain and black rock salt- altogether 2 parts (works on approximation, trial and error). Grind in a dry grinder. Add a little pre-ground amchur and ginger powder. The key flavor of this version comes from fresh roasted cumin seeds which lose their fragrance quickly. So make only a little quantity and store in an airtight bottle.


Recipe: Spiced Cucumber Sticks with Chaat Masala Snack Recipes from The Kitchn
3/28/14 02:04 AM

Hi again Michelle, being an Indian, chaat masala is something I too grew up with. And yes, there are no two blends of the same variety. My own personal favourite is Kedar's Kala Chaat Masala, available in Delhi. High on roasted cumin and choc-a-bloc with spicy spices, it is amazing when sprinkled on boiled, shallow fried poatato cubes (aloo chaat) along with lime juice.
Michelle, I must say bravo to you for bringing India to the kitchn.


Recipe: Spiced Cucumber Sticks with Chaat Masala Snack Recipes from The Kitchn
3/28/14 01:57 AM

Too dusted...too styled...too made up. It is less of a home, more of a carefully curated persona that gives no inside glimpses...


Pomona's Boutique-Style Space House Tour
3/28/14 01:50 AM

I am speechless with admiration. What a lovely home. Full marks to the creator.


James' Beautifully Handcrafted Apartment in Clinton Hill House Tour
3/25/14 12:10 PM

what a charming set. My suggestion would be to add solid colored cushions and curtains. A nice deep colored rug and a group of framed paintings/ prints/ wall hangings on the wall behind. Your floral art is lonesome, give it some company. If you are making it a family space, move the bigger piece to the other wall. Bring the map lower, shift it towards left and place a chalkboard alongside the map for your boys to scribble on.


Design Ideas for Bare Bones Living Room? Good Questions
3/25/14 11:07 AM

In Indian style of cooking, slow cooked food is considered to have better taste.
My grandma would often recall leaving soaked rajmah to cook slowly overnight on the dying embers of a coal fired stove (called angithi in India). I'm talking of 40s and 50s, before modern day stoves entered Indian homes. According to grandma, those rajmah were way better than the ones we made comparatively quickly on faster working stoves.


Recipe: Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice (Rajmah Chawal) Recipes from The Kitchn
3/22/14 10:40 AM

Do give it a try, Michelle. It is fingerlicking-ly yum:)
I don't know if you have the smaller deep red rajmah in US. That takes longer to cook but is much, much tastier than the longer bean version.
Looking forward to reading (and trying out) many more recipes from you and Kitchn.


Recipe: Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice (Rajmah Chawal) Recipes from The Kitchn
3/22/14 10:34 AM

Just an addition--slow cook rajmah with fresh water.


Recipe: Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice (Rajmah Chawal) Recipes from The Kitchn
3/21/14 10:06 AM

Wonderful to see something so Indian on this page:) Rajmah is a great favourite in Punjab part of India. I am atrue-blue Punjabi myself and love this dish. It is agreat Sunday favourite among Punjabi families.
I am sure that this recipe makes terrific rajmah. If anyone is interested in the Punjabi version, here is how it is made.
Soak rajmah overnight (if you can find the small deep red variety, nothing like it). Throw away the water in the morning (for better digestion). Add some finely chopped ginger, green chillies and a pinch of asafetida. Steam cook, or slow cook till very tender.
Hear a little oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, black cardamom and cinnamon stick. Add chopped ginger pieces, stir fry till brown. Add chopped onions (if you wish to, not a must). Saute till brown, add tomato puree (fresh, if possible-just fine grind chopped tomatoes). Then put in red chilli powder. Add well boiled rajmah with salt.
Now comes the critical part. Add some tamarind puree and a pinch of sugar (v.v.important). Mash with ladle some rajmah for better flavor in the pan. Let simmer.
In the end, put in a pinch of garam masala and a pinch of green cardamom seed powder. Cover, so that flavors get absorbed.
Serve this Punjabi rajmah not with plain, but salted rice(heat oil, add cumin seeds, soaked rice and water, cook till done.)


Recipe: Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice (Rajmah Chawal) Recipes from The Kitchn
3/21/14 10:05 AM

Great to meet a like minded soul, SusanInToranto:)


Fear No More: 8 Baby Steps to Adding Color in Your Space
3/21/14 09:51 AM

This home feels like a real lived in, and loved in, home. Most other home tours look so styled, so artificial.
Hurrah for a real home for once.


Nic and Megan's Playful and Pragmatic Home House Tour
3/21/14 12:53 AM

Being Indian, colors are integrated in our gene pool:) The western monochromatic
sensibilities are quite alien to us. My home is plenty colorful, and it looks good, inviting, informal and very, very homely.
What's there to be afraid of in colors? Be bold, and it all falls in place.


Fear No More: 8 Baby Steps to Adding Color in Your Space
3/21/14 12:44 AM

Just a word of advice from an Indian:)
To use spices with rice, you need to first heat some oil in the pan, then add spices. Once spices cackle a bit, add soaked rice, water and salt.
You can also toss in some shelled peas and red chilli powder, and have this rice with beaten and spiced yogurt ( a north Indian delicacy).
In Indian way of rice making, fennel seeds are a no-no. It is cumin seeds cackled in hot oil that bring out the real flavor of salted rice.
Also check south Indian rice recipes (curd rice, lemon rice, coconut rice, tamarind rice and many more) online for simple yet delicious rice variations.


Do You Have Any Recipes That Make Rice More Interesting? Good Questions
3/20/14 08:34 PM

beautiful...a home to be proud of...the stamp of involved originality is palpable.


Vahan's \"California Confused\" Small Home House Tour
3/20/14 06:05 AM

Full marks to the makers of the piece. 5/10 to AT for using unsuitable adjectives.


Before & After: Boring Blank Wall Becomes Unbelievable
3/19/14 11:38 AM

If you really wish to have the real Indian rice pudding, soak 1 tbs raw rice in water for an hour or two. Boil 750 ml milk in a heavy bottomed pan (very imp.), add drained rice and let simmer on low heat. Stir in between a few times. Cook till rice start floating on the top. Remove from heat. Add sugar to taste, sprinkle finely powdered cardamom seeds. Add sliced almonds, if you like. Have warm, or cold. Amazingly good dessert.


Five Ways to Use Leftover Rice Tips from The Kitchn
3/18/14 10:09 AM

Heat a little oil, add a pinch of cumin, sliced fresh ginger bits, tiny bits of green chillies, sliced onions and saute. Once onions turn brown, add tomato puree. Saute till puree looks well cooked. Add salt, black pepper, any seasoning and toss in the rice. Garnish with coriander. Delicious tomato rice is ready.


Five Ways to Use Leftover Rice Tips from The Kitchn
3/18/14 10:05 AM

bursting with possibilities items...wish we had Ikea in India


First Look: 12 Favorites from IKEA's New PS 2014 Collection
3/14/14 01:25 AM