What started out as a personal site is now a resource pool for lovers of Indian vegetarian foods. You will find recipes of authentic healthy and tasty Indian foods, a whole range of southern Indian flavors in particular. Some are a mix and match of spices I grew up with new ones I have discovered. Over time, this site will expand to other cuisines, all vegetarian.

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Warm Eggplant Dip

Eggplant Dip

Eggplant dips can be made in umpteen different ways. Here's an easy one.

Pointer 1: Long Chinese eggplants have less seeds and are the best for this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slim eggplants
  • 6-8 fresh garlic cloves
  • 4 green chilies
  • 2 medium-sized shallots or 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsps. fresh coriander chopped
  • Salt to taste

Method:

Slit eggplant lengthwise, place garlic and slip chilies inside them. Coat them with olive oil or any other oil of used for cooking. Bake, wrapped in foil in a 400°F oven, or roast them over stove without the foil. I have tried both. Over stove involves a lot of cleaning after the fact.

For oven baked: This should take about 40 minutes. Remove from oven. and carefully unwrap the foil or just tear off. Mash coarsely but without big chunks. Add salt and lime juice, mix well. Top off with onions and cilantro. Tastes best served warm. Can be serve with nachos, chips, veggies or even crispy crackers.

Over stove: Everything is the same as above, except for this method the skin would need to be removed.

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Balti (wok) and Idli pan

The woks you see are the most used for cooking, sauteing and frying. They are usually available in cast iron, stainless steel or heavy anodized aluminum.

The spice box on the right is a must in a kitchen that desires Indian food.

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