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Indian cuisine is a vast and varied one. It is reflective of the myriad cultures and traditions that make up this vibrant country of ours. Every region has its own way of cooking and serving food, as well as customs and practices concerning food. The food of each region is greatly influenced by not just the local availability of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, but also by the historic and cultural background of that community. Indians are so fond of their traditional food that they take along the knowledge and practices even when they go abroad.

With the advent of cookbooks and online portals, recipes do get passed on from region to region, but still you can find distinct differences in the way the food tastes, because of the availability of ingredients and common cooking practices in each region. Pav Bhaji made in South India, for example, is quite different from how it tastes in then North; and likewise Idli and Sada Dosa made by North Indians might be quite different from how the South Indians make it!

India’s cuisine is categorized mainly based on the region – Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, South Indian, Bengali, Hyderabadi, and so on. Some cuisines rely on extensive use of spices like cardamom, cumin, mustard and bay leaf to impart flavour to their food, while others get the flavour by tempering with ingredients like mustard and jeera. Depending on the region, the main course might focus on Roti or rice, with accompaniments like Subzis, Dal, Sambhar, etc. Bajra Roti and Green Pea Pulao together with Pyazwali Bhindi and Dum Aloo could make an interesting meal, just as Cabbage Poriyal, Sambhar, Rasam and Rice would too. Indian cuisine is also famous for its mithai, which includes an unending list of delightful recipes like ladoos, halwas, rabdis, jamuns, malai sweets, etc. The deeper one ventures into Indian cuisine, the more they can appreciate the diversity and limitless variety it offers.

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Recipe# 7548
21 Nov 07

Sindhi Kadhi ( Jain Desi Khana) 
by Tarla Dalal
Sindhi kadhi showcases a rare combination of vegetables like corn, cluster beans, drumsticks, ladies finger and bottle gourd in a tamarind-flavoured gravy perked up with a wide range of spices and powders. It is indeed a delightful preparation that is sure to satiate your taste buds and your tummy!
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Recipe# 4383
08 Apr 16

Sindhi Koki by Tarla Dalal
The wondrous dishes that each Indian community contributes to our nation’s cuisine is just remarkable! The Sindhi Koki is a fabulous roti prepared with a dough of whole wheat flour perked up with a large array of flavour enhancers like onions and coriander to cumin seeds and pomegranate seeds. ....
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Recipe# 32565
08 Feb 16

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Singhada Sheera, Farali Singhara Halwa, Vrat Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Who can resist a ladleful of sheera, even on a fasting day! Well, why not. Here is a lip-smacking Singhada Sheera that is perfectly acceptable on fasting days as well. Roasting the water chestnut flour sufficiently, till it turns golden in colour, is very essential to bring out a rich aroma an ....
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Recipe# 2041
26 Jul 16

Sitafal Phirni, Custard Apple Phirni by Tarla Dalal
The combination of milky and fruity flavours is extremely soothing in this Sitafal Phirni. Milk thickened with rice flour is flavoured with custard apple pulp and refrigerated to enhance the flavour and get the perfect consistency. Serve chilled for a fruitilicious experience, which is much he ....
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Recipe# 8616
16 Dec 08

Sizzling Asparagus and Baby Corn 
by Tarla Dalal
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Capture and delight in the aroma that wafts through the air, as the cheese sauce is poured over these sizzling exotic vegetables. A sizzler plate is best for this recipe, but you could even use a regular griddle instead.
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Recipe# 1384
15 Jan 15

Sooji Idli / Suji Idli by Tarla Dalal
Feeling like having idlis for breakfast, but have not prepared and fermented the batter? Not to worry! Try this Sooji Idli, which is sure to please you with its soft and fluffy texture and interesting flavour. The addition of curds gives the idlis a slight sourness akin to traditional fermented batt ....
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Recipe# 1584
19 Jan 16

South Indian Stir Fry Rice 
by Tarla Dalal
This tongue-tickling rice treat is prepared with readily-available ingredients, but has an unforgettable flavour and pleasing texture. The key ingredients, which endow this South Indian Stir-Fry Rice with such irresistibility, are sesame seeds and pean ....
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Recipe# 39164
05 Jul 14

South Indian Tava Rice by Tarla Dalal
Here is a no-fuss meal with a south indian flavour. You will love the aroma and flavour brought about by the simple tempering and peanut-sesame powder. The peanut-sesame powder is actually such an effective enhancer that the aroma is sure to waft out of the kitchen as you toss the south indian tava ....
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Recipe# 22396
26 Nov 07

Soya and Cauliflower Parathas 
by Tarla Dalal
Texture is as important to a dish as flavour itself and that is precisely what makes this dish so exceptional! Soya and cauliflower combine really well in the stuffing as the soaked soya granules and grated cauliflower have similar a texture. Mint and coriander further add their unique flavours, mak ....
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Recipe# 22415
26 Nov 07

Soya Bhurji by Tarla Dalal
Can you even imagine the usually bland soya granules in such an interesting form? Be prepared to be surprised! Garlic paste adds its unique flavour to the dish, as do the well-chosen combination of spices. Spice lovers can add more zing to this subzi by adding ginger-green chilli paste. I made it us ....
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Recipe# 4657
11 Sep 14

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Soya Khaman Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
Soya Khaman Dhokla brings a healthy twist to the traditional favourite by combining soya flour with the gram flour used to make the batter. This peps up the iron content of this desi snack. Remember that the consistency of the batter and perfection in tempering are two keys to the success of any dho ....
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Recipe# 4325
16 May 13

Soya Kofta Curry by Tarla Dalal
Protein-rich soya granules make a very versatile ingredient, which is liked by young and old alike. It fits well into a lot of dishes, from upmas to subzis. Here is a strikingly flavourful preparation of soya granules and mashed potatoes made into mint-flavoured koftas, which are dunked in a tomato- ....
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