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March 22, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Indian-spiced soups and stew recipes

Butter chicken, a luscious Indian stew from No Recipes (via Soup Chick).

No cuisine brings spices together quite like Indian cuisine: the warm spices like coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and pepper, and the blends of curry powder and garam masala. These, along with garlic, onions and sometimes ginger, characterize the most popular Indian-spiced soups and curries like this butter chicken from No Recipes. At first glance, many Indian recipes look complicated, with long lists of ingredients, but the method for cooking them is not complicated at all. Toast and grind the spices, make a paste with onions and garlic, add the main ingredients and liquid. That's all there is to it. Cook these recipes on the stove top, or in your slow cooker.

Several Indian-spiced soups and stews caught my eye this week:

Indian lentil soup, from Green Kitchen Stories

Butter chicken from No Recipes

Mixed bean Indian stew, from Lisa's Kitchen

Indian-spiced slow cooker red lentil soup with spinach and coconut milk, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Sweet corn curry, from Sailu's Food

Fennel flavored chicken curry, from eCurry

Spiced mushroom, chickpea and tomato stew, from Cookin' Canuck

Indian style chickpea, squash and spinach stew, from The Tiffin Box

Lentil soup with chickpeas and quinoa, from Souvlaki for the Soul

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: susan g | March 23, 2014 at 05:23 PM

Indian cooking was calling to me this past week, and I'm happy to just keep going. As always, great links!

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