Sambhars and Dals
Soups,Rasam and Salad
Chutneys and Raitas
Gravy (curry) Dishes
Stir fry (Poriyal)
Spice Powders, Pickles and Chutney Powders
Kongu and Other Articles
Indian Cooking is intimidating only if you do not have the right introduction. The toughest part of the process is to keep track of all the spices and various lentils that are extensively used in Indian cooking. One other misconception about Indian cooking is that it is loaded with spices but the opposite is true. Lightly seasoned and simple foods are the ones that are eaten everyday in most homes. Yes! Indian food can be made hot which is very different from adding too many spices. For vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike Indian food offers a well balanced meal. Learning to cook Indian is not that difficult if you have the right utensils.
One other complaint about Indian cooking is that it takes a long time to cook. If you have the right utensils and techniques that can be quickly overcome. Moreover cooking a well balanced meal should not take more than 30-45 minutes maximum. To help ease that process here is a list of recipes I tried to put together for a young person who is going to be away from home and would want to attempt cooking.
Simple Dal and Lentils
Remember in most cases some of the lentils like moong,toor and masoor are interchangeable. One can be substituted for the other. Keep that in mind when you check out a recipe. Use the lentil/dal that suits your taste best.
- A Primer on Dals and Lentils
- Simply seasoned Moong lentils (dal) - Paasi Paruppu Uppu Paruppu
- Simply seasoned Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas) with onions
- Swiss Chard Sambhar (replace Swiss Chard with vegetables like eggplant, carrots and beans, potatoes, drumstick, bottle gourd)
- Potato Podimas - Spiced gently mashed potatoes
- Spicy Potatoes - Stir Fried
- Butternut Squash Stir Fry
- Pepper Mushroom
Quick and Easy Gravy Dishes