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Black cumin in a spicy mixture

Modification for idali podi The preparation U3 (Idali podi) in the book A Short Course in Culinary Experiments had no variations or experiments.  There was a reason for this.  At the time of writing the book, I thought that any

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More uses for black cumin

Seasoning sambar with black cumin or Nigella sativa In a previous posting, I summarized the various medicinal benefits for black cumin (kalonji, karim jeerakam, കരിം ജീരകം) and the importance attached to this seed, in the herbal-medicine practices of the Middle

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Culinary experiments, CPI and substitution bias

Aiding the substitution bias Though this posting is about a culinary experiment, it will be useful to explore some terms connected with economics, to put this culinary experiment into the context of economics, or more aptly, home economics.  Every month,

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Cancer prevention through diet

 Prevention is better than cure Some of you might be familiar with a different version of the heading as, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Whichever version you prefer, most people will opt for “prevention” rather

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A new herb for your culinary experiments

Methi – Rava Dosa In recent posts, I have been extolling the tastiness of methi leaves/methi plants (fenugreek leaves/plants) in preparing various vegetarian dishes.  Examples are here and here.  I am now proposing a new culinary experiment with methi leaves/plants,

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Posted in Staples, Vegetables

Book Reviews

Reviews for A Short Course in Culinary Experiments When the print edition of A Short Course in Culinary Experiments was published, a number of reviews appeared in various newspapers/magazines.  The links below connect to the review from the authors (except

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The hottest pepper on earth

Currie’s help for curry The Currie in the heading is Ed Currie.  He claims to have grown the hottest chili pepper on earth with a SHU value of 1.569 million.  You will never guess the location where this pepper is

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Culinary experiments with your friend Nigella sativa

Black cumin or Nigella sativa If I said that I can give you a substance which is, diuretic, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, anthelmintics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, gastroprotective, hepatoprotective, renal protective and also has antioxidant properties, you will

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Another culinary experiment with methi (fenugreek) plants

Methi and lentils combination In the printed version of A Short Course in Culinary Experiments, a common method was described for the preparation of a curry with leafy vegetables such as collard greens, kale and spinach, in combination with lentils

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A culinary experiment to save time

A minor tweak for vegetable cutlets Preparation of vegetable cutlets is one of the more elaborate procedures described in A Short Course in Culinary Experiments (preparation SD10).  The ingredients list had 14 items; not exactly a cup tea for someone

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