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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# 33389
20 Aug 13

 
Sada Dosa ( Mumbai Roadside Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Fzzzzzzzzzzzzzkkkk! your ear wakes up your gastronomic juices as soon as it hears the vendor sprinkling water on the hot tava before pouring the batter and spreading it into a thin, crisp dosa, which is then rolled up and served along with sambhar and other chutneys.
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Recipe# 33411
20 Aug 13

 
Sada Uttapa ( Mumbai Roadside Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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With little effort and the same batter as dosa, you can make a dish that seems quite different. The uttapam is thicker and heavier than the dosa and is cooked on both sides. Peculiarity of an uttapa is the small holes that form when spread on the hot tava making it appealing.
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Recipe# 41170
05 Oct 16

 
Sama Pulao, For Vrat Or Upvas 
by Tarla Dalal
A wholesome pulao perfect for fasting days, the Sama Pulao combines the unique, earthy flavour of the sanwa millet with the aroma and flavour of whole spices and coriander. Crushed peanuts give the pulao a fabulous texture and ....
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Recipe# 1663
15 Oct 15

 
Sambar ( Sambhar, Idlis and Dosas) 
by Tarla Dalal
Like idlis and dosas, Sambhar is also an all-time favourite that is almost synonymous with South Indian food! From the smallest roadside hotel to the classiest Indian restaurants around the globe, ‘idli, Vada, Sambhar’ is a very popular breakfast combo! ....
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Recipe# 1666
10 Dec 15

 
Sambar Masala ( How To Make Sambhar Masala) by Tarla Dalal
If you love South Indian dishes like Idli and dosa and prepare them frequently, then it is as important to learn to make Sambhar, which is the most sought after accompaniment for all these dishes. Whether you serve it with
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Recipe# 3440
23 Jul 09

 
Sambhaar by Tarla Dalal
Sambhaar plays a versatile role in the preparation of many spicy pickles. It is a blend of split mustard seeds (rai na kuria), chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. To make the sambhaar slightly moist, I have added mustard oil. This sambhaar is very handy when making instant pickles a ....
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Recipe# 3578
26 Nov 12

 
Sambhar by Tarla Dalal
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The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resi ....
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Recipe# 32735
20 Aug 13

 
Sambhar ( How To Make Sambhar, South Indian Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is one South Indian dish that needs no introduction, and probably the most versatile of them all. Each family uses the ingredients in various proportions. You can also try varying the quantities depending on your preference. The vegetables added to sambhar (or any kuzhambu) are referred to as ‘ ....
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Recipe# 30828
10 May 16

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Sambhar Masala, Sambhar Masala Powder by Tarla Dalal
This aromatic and flavourful spice powder comes handy when you want to make sambhar in a jiffy! This Sambhar Masala Powder is made without coconut, so you can make a batch of it and store it for a long time, to quickly whip up sambhar whenever you want. If you prefer to make the required amount of S ....
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Recipe# 594
23 Nov 14

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Sambhariyu Shaak ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Sambhariyu shaak is a traditional guajarati stuffed vegetable dish. This dish can be customised to your liking by using any vegetables that you and your family prefer. However, the vegetables are to be selected carefully to make sure they look good and get cooked evenly. Pressure cooking is the easi ....
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Recipe# 40689
04 Mar 16

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Samo Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is as simple as can be, but tastier than you can ever imagine! Samo Khichdi, a faraali recipe that can be had during fasting days as well, is made by quickly sautéing all the ingredients together and cooking them for less than 10 minutes! Ginger and green chillies give this khichdi an el ....
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Recipe# 562
23 Nov 14

 
Samosa ( Gujarati Recipe) 
by Tarla Dalal
Whether crisp and triangular, or big and conical, samosas are a universal favourite throughout the country. Here is the traditional gujarati “patti samosa”, which is a crispy samosa a tad different from the recipes of other regions. Unlike other samosas, the gujarati version does not use boiled pota ....
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Recipe# 7519
21 Nov 07

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Samosa Kadhi Chaat ( Jain Recipe) 
by Tarla Dalal
Hot samosas topped with an innovative coconut kadhi, khajur imli ki chutney and green chutney. This spicy chaat is an any-timer, perfect for rainy evenings as well as hot summer afternoons.
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 on 06 Jun 16 11:51 AM



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 on 07 Apr 15 02:56 PM


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