5 Easy to Make Indian Recipes That Will Certainly Impress

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Most people have their favorite Indian spot down the road, across town, or even an hour or two away that they will visit. Good Indian food is something that we look forward to, save our appetites for, and relish in a way very different to contemporary American fare. The tangy, spicy, creamy, puffy, crunchy, soft, brittle, grainy, and succulent tastes and textures are like a festival for the senses and if you have a great spot, seem to be made with love, or soul, or something that goes beyond simply food and spices. Indian food is an art that some master beautifully, and if you can start to make some on your own, you will find yourself delving deeper into the art of Indian cooking, making big batches and inviting friends and family over to delight in your new passion. To get started, here are a few Indian staple recipes that will make you proud.

5 Sweet Lassi

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Ingredients: 2 C. plain yogurt 2 T. sugar 2 C. cold water 1 C. ice cubes Pinch Celtic sea salt Directions Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into 4 glasses to serve.

4 Mango Chutney

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Ingredients: 2 lbs un-ripened mangos, peeled and cut into 4 long slices 3 T. Celtic sea salt 1 ¾ C. granulated sugar A small handful peeled garlic cloves 1 T. ginger powder 1 tsp. nigella seeds 1 tsp. cumin seeds ½ tsp black pepper ½ C. apple cider vinegar Directions: Place mango slices in a glass dish and rub with salt. Leave them in the sun for 4 hours. In a saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in ½ cup of water and add all ingredients except for vinegar, and cook at medium low heat until the mixture is thick, about 20 minutes. Add ¼ cup of the vinegar and stir in gently. When it is absorbed, add remaining vinegar. Let it cool to room temperature and store it in a glass jar or bottle.

3 Spicy Potatoes

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Ingredients: 3 large potatoes 1 T. cumin powder ½ tsp. coriander powder ½ tsp. cayenne 1 T. fresh lemon juice Celtic sea salt and pepper to taste 1 lime 2 T. cilantro, chopped Directions: Boil potatoes for 25 minutes and drain. When cool, peel and cut them into ¼ inch slices. Combine cumin, coriander, cayenne, lemon juice and salt. Arrange the potatoes, overlapping, on a platter. Sprinkle with mixture. Before serving. Squeeze lime juice over potatoes and sprinkle with cilantro.

2 Indian Rice

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Ingredients: 2 C. Indian basmati rice 1 T. vegetable or coconut oil 3 ½ C. water 2 tsp. Celtic sea salt Directions: Rinse rice very well in cold water until the water runs clear. Cover with water and let soak for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Drain rice and add to saucepan, stirring the rice to coat with oil. Add 3 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and cook, covered for 25 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set the lid ajar for steam to escape. Leave to cool for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and spoon onto a platter (not a bowl, as this will cause the rice on the bottom to get mushy) and serve.

1 Cucumber Raita

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Ingredients: 1 C. plain yogurt 2 C. diced cucumber 2 T. chopped cilantro 1 T. chopped mint ½ tsp. cumin Celtic Sea Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Stir yogurt until creamy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and chill before serving. This lasts about 24 hours so make it shortly before you expect guests.

There you have it. A few super simple, easy and cheap recipes to start your own Indian cooking adventures. Be sure to add your own touches – add herbs and spices that you enjoy or fruit to the lassi, like mango for a beautiful mango lassi, or pair the potatoes with some scrambled eggs for a delicious savory breakfast.

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