India

Food and wine from India.

Dal dish

Total time
40 minutes
Yield
4 servings

Dal is the Indian name for lentils, includinng red split lentils. You can make a dal dish wiht the consistency of a soup or thicker, to serve as a wholesome vegetarian stew.

Indian venerable vada

Vada.
Total time
45 minutes
Yield
4 servings

In a land with so many cultures living side by side, you would expect India's desserts to be equally varied. Even the venerated vada or vadai - a type of fritter or donut - shows this spread of ideas. Here is a type made from urad dal, a type of black lentil that mashes nicely into a dough.

Indian rice dish

Total time
1 hour
Yield
4 servings

Bisi bele baath is a mixture of rice and lentils that forms the staple of many an Indian table. It is rich in traditional Indian spices and is simply delicious with tandoori chicken or all by itself.

As you would expect in such a diverse and ancient land, there are thousands of rice-based recipes. Nearly every family will have its own distinctive favorite. This recipe is an example that any diner will enjoy.

Garam masala

Total time
40 minutes
Yield
1 servings

This recipe for garam masala is one of the many versions. Garam masala is nothing more that a mix of spices and every region, even every Indian household, may have their own private version.

Palak paneer

Total time
20 minutes
Yield
4 servings

Palak paneer makes for the perfect meat free meal, or an equally great side dish for meat eaters. Serve warm with some naan or other Indian bread.

Naan bread

Naan bread.
Total time
40 minutes
Yield
6 servings

Naan is best served warm. It can be kept covered by a large bowl for a few minutes after baking, but avoid keeping it there too long, since this leads to excess moisture buildup and softening. If you want to make your own naan follow this one delicious recipe.

Kitchuri

Total time
30 minutes
Yield
4 servings

If you were an Indian mother looking for a suitable meal for your toddler, kitchuri would likely be your choice. it is soft, easily digested and the young ones love the spiced flavor.