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Guest Post: Gosht Shorba by Prerna of Indian Simmer and a Giveaway of her book | Spices and Aroma | Food, Life and Stories

Guest Post: Gosht Shorba by Prerna of Indian Simmer and a Giveaway of her book | Spices and Aroma | Food, Life and Stories.

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Cuttack City, India: Villager saving kittens

This picture of a villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during floods in Cuttack City, India.

Image by Biswaranjan Rout / AP
Image by Biswaranjan Rout / AP

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Pakoras Give Buttered Ears a Rest

Source:  www.nytimes.com– By DAVID TANIS

Fred R. Conrad/The New York TimesSpiced corn fritters with mango and tamarind chutney prepared by David Tanis in his kitchen.

HOT weather aside, you really know it’s summer when fresh sweet corn shows up at every Greenmarket and farm stand. I always love the sight of folks digging through piles of fat green-husked ears, looking for the best specimens. I’m right there with them, grabbing my own.

For the first few weeks of corn season, I’m happy to eat it on the cob, boiled or grilled, smeared with butter and sprinkled with salt and pepper or lime and chile powder. Or plain.

But at a certain point, it’s time to take those kernels off the cob and start playing. I may make my own creamed corn (butter-stewed, then finished with crème fraîche and chives) or a bright succotash with peppers, zucchini and sundry beans.

Adding fresh kernels to corn bread or polenta is always nice, or I’ll try a vegetarian corn chowder, with a broth made of simmered cobs, new potatoes and a fistful of fresh herbs.

This week, even in sweltering weather, I had a yen for something fried, and though I could have settled for corn-studded hush puppies, my inclination was to make something spicier, more complex. I love the vibrant flavor of Indian food, especially in summer. (It always seems refreshing.) So I turned to a few of my favorite Indian cookbooks for inspiration, and I found a solution: corn pakoras.

Crispy and well seasoned, pakoras are fritters that can be made from most any vegetable, corn included. I wanted to emphasize the corn flavor, so I used a fair amount of fine cornmeal, besides the more traditional chickpea flour. I got out my food processor to grind up fresh kernels for the batter, then in went the spices: the chiles, the ginger and scallions.

To accompany the pakoras, I craved a chutney that was sweet, hot and a little sour. Ripe mangoes and tamarind were at my local Indian grocery, so I used those, but green mango would have been good, or practically any other chutney, really.

Once the batter was made and the chutney assembled, I waited for sunset. Then it was time for an icy beverage before approaching the stove.

Using a couple of soup spoons, I slipped morsels of the mixture into a bare inch of hot oil. The frying took only a few minutes. (If you don’t want to fry them, cook them like pancakes on a well-oiled griddle.)

My little pakoras were just the thing for a hot night: spicy, crispy, sweet and savory.       

A version of this article appeared in print on July 18, 2012, on page D2 of the New York edition with the headline: Pakoras Give Buttered Ears A Rest.

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Fire escape – Mumbai, India

Source: AP

Employees are evacuated as smoke billows from the Maharashtra state government buildig in Mumbai, India, on June 21. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from the seven-story structure as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major fire that raged for more than three hours in India’s financial and entertainment capital.

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Indian Contemporary Dance Event – Fundraiser

IACConnect is sponsoring a charity event on Sunday, April 15, 2012, to establish a music program at the Tumbleweed Youth Development Program (TYDP). TYDP is a non-profit organization serving abused, abandoned, troubled and neglected youth in Arizona. They run a school in Phoenix for under-privileged youth, where due to lack of funding, the youth are missing out on any fine arts, music or dance curriculum.

Our mission is to raise $10,000 for the school

Event Date : Sunday, April 15, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue • Chandler, AZ 85225

Ticket: General Admission $20.00, Students, Senior and under Age 18 : $10.00

There is a discount for group of 10 – please call CCA at 480-782-2680 for more information.

Don’t miss this awesome Indian Contemporary dance event by prominent Phoenix-based classical dance exponents of varied art forms such as ‘Bharathanatyam’ ‘Kathak’ Kuchupudi’ and ‘Odissi’ weaving the art form together by Almagul Temirtekova, NitaMallya, Padma Aking, Radhika Kotwal, Rajul Shah and Shreelina Ghosh.

 

And a special feature by “The Parking Lot Project group by Lauri Roesch and Jordan Daniels dance by Jordan Daniels.

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Varanasi, India

An Indian Hindu woman waits to enter her home in a narrow alley in Varanasi, India. Varanasi is among the world’s oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for prayers and ritual bathing in the river considered holiest among Hindus.

Source: AP Phots of the Day

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