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Scallion Curd Rice – Recipe

Curd rice is an Indian dish of basmati rice flavored with tangy yogurt, often seasoned with chilis, mustard seeds and curry leaves or cilantro. It is typically served at the end of multi-course South Indian meals, but in my context I'm happy to have it as a side dish with some dal, curry and Indian …

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Stir-Fried Winged Beans (Kacang Botol) with Tomato and Garlic – Recipe

I ran into a vegetable I'd never seen before at a farm stand in Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the middle of a preposterous but amusing adventure that involved driving back and forth over the same stretch of coast approximately seventy-three times. These pods were about 8 inches long, with ruffled leaves, somewhat …

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Hongos en Escabeche – Mushrooms Sauteed with Sherry Vinegar – Recipe

I love the chewy texture of mushrooms when they are left in bite-sized chunks, rather than thinly sliced. There is a nice contrast between the browned, flavorful crust and the juicy interior.

These mildly-vinegared mushrooms are versatile and easy. I was serving them with a Mexican meal, so I garnished them with cilantro, but you could …

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Arroz a la Mexicana (aka Arroz Mexicano, Arroz Rojo, Spanish Rice) – Mexican Tomato Rice – Recipe

Arroz a la Mexicana (also known as Arroz Mexicano or Arroz Rojo) is the tomato-flavored rice that is commonly served with just about every Mexican meal in this country, and quite frequently in Mexico as well. It is also known as Spanish Rice, though I suspect that is more of a 1950s era American misnomer.

I …

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Vegetarian Frijoles Charros – Mexican Cowboy Beans with Smoked Onion – Recipe

are a classic way of serving beans in Mexico. Unlike refried beans, the pinto beans are served whole, in a broth redolent of smoke and tomato. Traditionally, that smoke flavor comes from bacon.

NOTE: I no longer recommend jury-rigged stovetop smoking. I’ve since learned that creating smoke in a low-oxygen sealed environment like this creates unnecessarily …

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Persian Baked Zucchini – Recipe

Zucchini season is just about to hit in earnest. This recipe is a nice way to turn them into a delicious side dish with minimal effort. It mostly handles its own business in the oven, so you can focus on the rest of dinner.

We normally think of dried mint only for making mint tea, but …

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Three Easy Banchan (Korean Side Dishes) – Recipes

No Korean meal is complete without a selection of at least a few  - the small side dishes that are served in the middle of the table for everyone to enjoy. Banchan are usually chilled or at room temperature

There are hundreds of different banchan recipes, many of which can be whipped up in just a …

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