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Indian food is known for its hot and sour varieties. Learn more about the traditional Indian food, festive foods and unique cooking ingredients and equipment used in Indian kitchens.

Diwali Sweets Recipe star
Diwali is around the corner and Indian kitchens are busily sending out aromatic flavors of freshly made sweets. The laddu is sure to be one of the many items on the menu for the season. Here are 2 easy to make laddu recipes to try out and give a mouth watering surprise to your family. Enjoy!

Highway On My Plate - Book Review star
Highway on my Plate is a must have book for anyone planning to hit Indian roads. This easy to use guide helps you locate the best places to fill your tummy on a long ride in Indian Highways. Read this review to learn what else you can find with Highway on my Plate on your Indian road travels.

How to Prepare Tamarind Extract and Rasam Recipe star
Tamarind is a spice used in Indian cooking. The tangy, sweet and sour taste it imparts casts a lasting spell that makes Indian cuisine stand out. Here you can learn how tamarind extract is prepared along with a recipe to prepare ‘Rasam’, a popular South Indian soup taken with rice.

Idli - South Indian Cake star
The Idli is one of the most popular items on a traditional South Indian menu and has survived hundreds of years, showing no signs of losing its fame. What makes these round cakes special? Read on to find out!

Idli Recipe star
Idli is a traditional South Indian cake that suits everyone and makes a delicious and hearty breakfast. Idli tastes best when made light and fluffy. Here is a simple recipe to help you prepare perfect idli batter for soft and tasty idlis.

Indian Cooking - Curry Powders star
The word ‘curry’ conjures up images of Indian food. However, this is a term derived from Tamil, a Classic Indian Language and used to denote meat or vegetables cooked in thick sauce, Indian style. Here are some interesting facts about curry powders in Indian cooking.

Indian Cooking - Herbs star
The judicious use of spices and herbs releases an aromatic flavor that permeates Indian food, making dishes divinely delicious. Herbs have several health attributes too. Learn more about four main herbs used in Indian cooking here.

Indian Cooking - Oils star
Indian food is known for its spicy, tangy, zesty flavor. A variety of oils are used to create these mouth smacking Indian delicacies. Learn more about oils that have been used in Indian cooking over ages!

Indian Cooking - Tamarind star
From Tropical Africa where it originated, tamarind made its way to India several years ago to take a prominent spot in Indian cooking. Here are some interesting facts and uses of tamarind in Indian cooking.

Indian Cooking – Earthen Cookware star
Earthen cooking utensils have continued to occupy a place in Indian Kitchens in spite of new and improved utensils. Though the number of earthen vessels used has come down, some of the benefits of clay cooking has ensured that pots and pans made from mud retain their place. Read more here.

Indian Food Recipes star
A fine collection of Indian recipes to try out!

Indian Table Manners and Etiquette star
It is not just Indian food that is distinct in taste and variety but also the manner in which it is consumed. This article is about peculiar Indian table manners which begin with eating with hands and goes on to cover the do’s and don’ts of dining in Indian style.

Indian Table Manners and Etiquette star
It is not just Indian food that is distinct in taste and variety but also the manner in which it is consumed. This article covers Indian table manners which begin with eating with hands and goes on to cover the do’s and don’ts of dining in Indian style.

Pongal Recipes star
Pongal is a South Indian Harvest Festival which is celebrated with a delicious food platter. The main item on the menu on this day is of course Pongal. Here are a couple of recipes to make mouth watering Rice Pongal.

Ramzan Food Recipe star
China grass pudding is a main item in the menu for Muslims in South India who fast during the month of Ramzan. Here are some quick facts on China grass and an easy to make and delicious pudding recipe.

South Indian Recipes - Book Review star
Nita Mehta’s ‘South Indian Recipes’ is the perfect choice for anyone to start making delectable South Indian dishes. Here is a review on this vegetarian cookbook that features the best of South Indian cuisine.

Types of Idli star
Idli is a soft, white, round cake that forms a compulsory part of South Indian Breakfast. This Indian Cake has survived over several years and has gone through several modifications as well. Read on and find out about different types of idlis!

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