common ingredients & what you need to know


Not everything is a spice. Sometimes it is a lesser known ingredient that requires special care - a fruit, a vegetable or more. On this page you will find an assortment of notes about special ingredients used in Indian cooking. Browse through, you might find recipes attached to them as well. Check back often, as we all know - there are so many mystery ingredients to discover!

"The guy was bewildered that I did not want the ‘better looking stuff’ - maybe some carrots or butternut squash? "

In my kitchen, my immediate go-to masala dabba contains many basic spices: black mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper powder, fenugreek seed...

A quick guide to ginger, mango ginger, turmeric and dried ginger.

Quick Mango Jaggery Salsa: We always seem to be in the US when the Alphonso season hits India and I miss the luscious flavor of this summer fruit... R...

September 9, 2015


choosing fresh okra

The first dinner my husband made for me included okra and I knew that if that charming but geeky Indian bachelor could not only ma...

May 9, 2015

a south Indian summer staple

India experiences a fair share of blazing hot weather that coincides with delicious succulent summer fruits such as a vari...

August 16, 2014

1 month old home-made ghee, stored at room temp.


Before I tell you all about Ghee, I have to share this story. My grandmother told us this story often...

June 15, 2014

As a person with dietary restrictions and intolerences, I know firsthand, that I constantly have to make adjustments to recipes I get from elsewhere...

March 28, 2014

Spring and summer are, in my vocabulary, generic (and rather boring) names for the official Mango season... Do you know how to use them?

February 26, 2014

Fresh-picked Mangosteen at my parents farm.

Mangosteen is a popular tropical fruit, native to all of South Asia. It is not the same as Mango. In India,...

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