Winter cooking can be a challenge. Cooking locally and seasonally when markets are teeming with piles of heirloom tomatoes and bushels of luscious peaches is easy. Seasonal winter cooking means a narrower range of ingredients if you want to avoid produce that has been flown in from a different hemisphere.
It's obvious, but the best way to keep your winter cooking interesting is to find new ways of preparing it, so what better time to cook up those recipes you've been meaning to try? Looking for ideas? What about adding a bit of Indian spice and flavour to your winter vegetables? The Indian cuisine has many ways of cooking potatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower, dried beans and lentils.
India reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. It is a diverse region with a tremendous tradition for food and incorporates a very wide diversity of spices in all its food. Very popular spices are Garam Masala (typically: cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves, black peppercorns and cumin seeds) and Curry Powder (fenugreek, mustard, poppy seeds, cloves, cardamom pods, red chilies, black peppercorns, ginger, cumin, coriander and turmeric). Also important are yogurt, dhal (lentils and split peas) and coconut milk.
In the UK Indian dishes are very popular. Specifically Anglo-Indian dishes include mango chutney, mulligatawny soup, balti and chicken tikka masala. British people of non-Indian origin often home-cook curries using ready-made curry powders, sauces or pastes.
Read on if you are intrigued to find out more...
New Year, new challenges....we have been thinking of new ways to make our site more interesting and appealing to others, especially new users. In this article we are incorporating text and photos from Michelle Peters Jones and her food blog http://foodfootballandababy.blogspot.com/ .
Michelle is a working-turned-stay-at-home mom who loves her food and football (a very passionate Arsenal fan). She was born and brought up in Mangalore, India, but has lived in London and Liverpool in the UK. She has now relocated to Canada where she cooks mainly Indian food, but, thanks to a generous MIL and SIL has moved to trying out her hand at good old Canadian home cooking and Western classics.
In this article you will find a selection of some of her finest Indian recipes. Content and photos © Michelle Peters Jones.
So start reading and get inspired!