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Are Indian pickles fermented? Answering this very important question; a recipe for a carrot pickle. Preserving Food, Preserves, Pickles, Pantry, Carrots, Indian, Recipes, Pantry Room, Butler Pantry

The parable of food preservation; an Indian carrot pickle

Are Indian pickles fermented? Answering this very important question; a recipe for a carrot pickle.

 Sub in vegan "fish sauce" to make this vegan :) Asian Recipes, Ethnic Recipes, Asian Foods, Sweet Potato Leaves, Vegan Fish, Potato Vines, Fish Sauce, Seaweed Salad, Stir Fry

The sweet potato’s diamond-shaped leaves

The next time you would like greens for dinner, look beyond spinach (the old stand-by) but also look beyond kale (the flashy rising star). You may not find these at a big grocery store, but the farmer's markets and Asian stores are usually packed with leaves of all shapes and sizes bundled together with a trifling…

If you are from Mumbai you might be familiar with roadside stalls selling coal-roasted corn. How does one recreate that at home? This article explains. Roasted Corn, Stalls, Mumbai, Pantry, Lime, Vegetables, Cooking, Recipes, Food

Roasting corn the sticky way

There was a time when corn was a delicious starchy snack. You had to cook it to enjoy it, and sometimes for quite long. But when you did, the kernels had this indescribable corny flavor that you could enjoy with butter, or chilies, or lime, or a number of other ways. Wait. Rewind. Start over.…

Roasted tomato sauce For the Win Roasted Tomato Sauce, Ratatouille, Bruschetta, Pantry, Fresh, Ethnic Recipes, Food, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Pantry Room

Roasted tomato sauce For the Win

Nature made tomatoes delicious but She also drenched them in unappealing wateriness. All tomato sauces are based on rescuing the flavor out of the swamp. It is simply a matter of technique. Some insist that the skin and seeds must be removed. Some put great stock in canned tomatoes as opposed to fresh; others swear by long…

Horse gram is a typical ancient grain: grows in the toughest of circumstances, packed with nutrition. Vegan Vegetarian, Beans, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Horses, Cooking, Pantry, Ethnic Recipes, Foods

The galloping bean: cooking with horse gram

Horse gram is a typical ancient grain: grows in the toughest of circumstances, packed with nutrition. Here is a way to cook it.

Spice is a state of mind: cabbage thoran Cabbage, Spices, Mindfulness, Vegetables, Pantry, Recipes, Food, Kitchens, Pantry Room

Spice is a state of mind: cabbage thoran

How tempering unlocks flavors, turning non-spices into spices

Slow-cooked red kidney beans (rajma) with spices Pigeon Peas, Mung Bean, Kidney Beans, Slow Cooker, Spices, Beef, Pantry, Cooking, Recipes

Slow-cooked red kidney beans (rajma) with spices

If you walked down the street around where I grew up in Bombay, say, around noon, you would hear the sonorous pressure cooker whistle sounding out of multiple windows. It being lunchtime, every household had their lunchtime dal or beans going in the pressure cooker. Some might be cooking pigeon pea (tuar), some mung beans,…

Tablouli Falafel, Lettuce, Pantry, Mint, Herbs, Vegetables, Food, Pantry Room, Peppermint

Truly Tabouli

We are on a middle-eastern kick here at The Odd Pantry, and when I say 'we' of course I mean 'me'. When last seen, your loyal correspondent was flipping falafels like a fiend; this time, let's take a freshly-scented walk through the tabouli trails, a whiff of mint here, a whiff of parsley there, the tingling…

Man meets bean: falafel results Falafel, Steak, Beans, Pantry, Health, Recipes, Food, Pantry Room, Butler Pantry

Man meets bean: falafel results

Let's say you are a human being who has encountered a bean for the first time. I'm speaking of a bean with a hard shell, the kind that looks more like a pretty rock than anything to do with food. Your mission -- find a way to turn it into food. What do you do?…

Yes, these are eggplants too. A farmer's market haul Eggplants, Farmers Market, Pantry, Stuffed Peppers, Vegetables, Cooking, Recipes, Pantry Room, Cuisine

A thousand names for eggplant

Writing the eggplant post last week left me in a quandary. Since I live in the US, calling it eggplant seems natural. But then all through my childhood I called it baingan in Hindi and brinjal in English. Some of my readers from the UK will probably want to call it aubergine, while Australians, I hear, prefer the…

Is khichdi the risotto of India and an amazing and most delicious recipe for it :) Cookbook Shelf, Most Delicious Recipe, Good Morning Everyone, Risotto, Vegetarian Recipes, Oatmeal, Healthy Eating, India, Vegan

Is Khichdi the Risotto of India?

Good morning everyone! I have been away from my blog home for a long time, but I have certainly not neglected my kitchen. Meanwhile, global warming has given us the warmest January on record, and our San Francisco February, which ought to be dreary and cold, has instead been sparkling with sunshine. Still, it is time…

A chutney made from Hibiscus leaves Roselle Plant, Hibiscus Leaves, Chutney Recipes, Picky Eaters, Vegetable Recipes, New Recipes, Pickles, Pork, Healthy Eating

A chutney made from Hibiscus leaves

If you are at the market and someone tries to sell you what they call 'sorrel' leaves, stop and give them the eye. Because you see, sorrel just means 'sour' and it does not tell you what kind of sour leaf this is. A few widely disparate plants all get called by this name, so…

An Asian fusion fish meal for those who simply can't get enough ginger! Fish Meal, Fish Recipes, Pantry, Asian, Meals, Chicken, Ethnic Recipes, Food, Pantry Room

Poached fish with soy, sesame and ginger (and ginger)

An Asian fusion fish meal for those who simply can't get enough ginger!

Four exotic fruits: in which I eat them so you don’t have to Exotic Fruit, Grocery Store, Pantry, Berries, Banana, Eat, Breakfast, Food, Pantry Room

Four exotic fruits: in which I eat them so you don’t have to

The other day I went to the grocery store looking for fruit with a pretty standard shopping list. On it were such stalwarts as apples, bananas, perhaps a basket of berries or so. But that is not what I walked out with: not at all. Instead, my eye was drawn to a particular shelf where some…

What is late blight? And, how to rescue tomatoes from it with a chutney. Tomato Chutney, Green Tomatoes, Pantry, Beans, Vegetables, Food, Pantry Room, Butler Pantry, Meal

Green tomato chutney, and the Talented Mr. Late Blight

What is late blight? And, how to rescue tomatoes from it with a chutney.

How I salvaged my tomato crop from the elements, the blight, and eager squirrels Salsa Verde, Squirrels, Pantry, Mason Jars, Mexican, Pantry Room, Butler Pantry, Squirrel, Larder Storage

Salvaging my tomato crop: salsa verde

How I salvaged my tomato crop from the elements, the blight, and eager squirrels