Nepalese Karela and Alasi ka Achar (Bitter Gourd and Flax)

Nepali cuisine consists of several spicy sides dishes which are eaten with rice and lentils (dal). These are called “achars’ or chutneys and are made with a variety of vegetables. One can use the base recipe for the achar and just vary the vegetable that is used.

Here is a wonderful recipe that Manju makes which comprises of bitter gourd (karela) and is topped with ground roasted flax seeds.

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Stir Fried Masala Kundru (Ivy Gourd/Tindora)

Being of Pahari and Punjabi origin, kundru is one of those not so common vegetables which was constantly cooked in our home.

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I’m not sure if this vegetable is available in the Western part of the world. It is also known as ivy gourd, gentleman’s toes, tindora or kovakkai – depending on which part of India you are from.

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A Simple Chicken Curry

Often people are under the misnomer that “curry” is a spice that is often used in making all the delicious gravies and curries that abound in Indian food. However, a curry comprises of several ingredients and spices that are cooked together to actually create the final product.

There is a place for “curry powder” in certain kinds of Indian cooking but for most part – any curry that is created involves time and the culmination of several different elements.

Here is a recipe for a simple chicken curry.

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Stir Fry Mung Dal (Stir Fried Yellow Lentils)

Lentils or dals in Indian cuisine are often cooked into delicious aromatic stew like concoctions. However lentils can be cooked in stir-fried versions too and here is a simple recipe on how to do just that.

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Nepalese Roasted Sesame Salad

I just love homemade Nepalese food and Manju makes some really awesome simple dishes that are easy to replicate in any kitchen. Here is a really easy salad which has a spicy, tangy, roasted sesame dressing.

 

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Stir Fried Curried Cauliflower (Gobhi)

Cauliflower is such a wonderful vegetable which can be cooked in so many ways. “Gobhi” as its called in Hindi, is a staple on our table and is one of the simplest vegetables to make. Here is a recipe one of the ways we make gobhi in our home.

 

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Surinder’s Quick Chicken Biryani

There’s really nothing quite like biryani to hit the spot especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In my mothers house we generally eat biryani on the weekends.

Her cook Surinder (the great shortcut chef) makes a great quick biryani. Though it still is involved – it’s much easier than spending half a day on the dish and it tastes pretty darned good. Here is his recipe.

 

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