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The Tadka (Tempering) Element in Indian Cuisine

By Conchita de Souza

The Tadka (Tempering) Element in Indian Cuisine
This post examines another key component of Indian Cuisine - the tadka or tarka (also goes by the names chhonk, baghaar, phoron). The word tadka might sound familiar to you as many Indian restaurants have adopted it in their menu listings but also as their restaurant name. The method is seen all across India but varies according to the regions, thereby making it a unifying element in Indian cooking. 

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Types of Oils Used in Indian Cuisine

By Conchita de Souza

Types of Oils Used in Indian Cuisine

In Indian cooking, the flavours and aromas are most often attributed to a masala - a combination of spices used.*  However, the oil in which the spices are tempered and in which the ingredients are cooked, is often overlooked as a contributing factor to flavour. 

Various oils are used in India depending on which part of the country you are from and depending too on the dish that you are preparing. 

Below is an overview of the most commonly used oils:

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All About Sprouting - How does it work & What are its health benefits?

By Conchita de Souza

All About Sprouting - How does it work & What are its health benefits?
Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds, thereby making them easier to digest and enabling your body to better access the nutrients contained within them. Once sprouted, these seeds can be consumed either raw or cooked.  You can sprout anything from beans, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds.

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Quick & Simple Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

By Conchita de Souza

Quick & Simple Recipes for Weeknight Dinners
Adding our spice blends will not only help you to maximise time on a weeknight (and space in your pantry) but will also diversify the flavours in your cooking.

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Indian Cultured Foods - Natural Sources of Probiotics to Promote Gut Health

By Conchita de Souza

Indian Cultured Foods - Natural Sources of Probiotics to Promote Gut Health
Broadly speaking, the term “gut health” refers to the bacteria that lives in your digestive tract (known as gastrointestinal tract). The bacteria contained within is affected by numerous factors starting from how we were born (c-section or vaginal birth), to the environment we grew up in as well as what we eat.

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Capital of a Nation & of Culinary Delights - Delhicious Delhi

By Conchita de Souza

Capital of a Nation & of Culinary Delights - Delhicious Delhi
I spent close to two years living in a large suburb called Noida - just on the outskirts of Delhi. Many a weekend was spent taking the over-populated, but very clean and well-connected metro into town and exploring all corners of Delhi. Much like any large city, each quarter had something different to offer; from high end shopping in the white colonial buildings of Connaught Place (CP, as it is is affectionately abbreviated) to exploring historical sites like an ancient step-well situated just ten minutes from the city centre. 

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Part 1: Five Cooling Indian-Inspired Dishes For A Hot Aussie Summer

By Conchita de Souza

Part 1: Five Cooling Indian-Inspired Dishes For A Hot Aussie Summer
As we sweat our way through another sweltering Aussie summer (wouldn’t have it any other way!), we have put together some Indian-inspired dishes to help you to beat the heat down under.

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Indian Festivals: Navratri or Durga Puja

By Conchita de Souza

Indian Festivals: Navratri or Durga Puja
Navratri in Sanskrit, means ‘nine nights’ (‘nava’ is ‘nine’ and ‘ratri’ is ‘nights’) and the festival goes exactly for that duration. It is dedicated to the Goddess Durga (also known as Maa Durga)and the nine avatars (forms) which she manifests herself. Each night celebrates one of her forms. During this time, devotees come together to fast, worship and celebrate the different forms of the devi (female god) and her victory over the demon Mahishasur.

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