My F&W
quick save (...)

A Chef's Easy Indian Recipes

A chef teaches how to use spices in one-pot dishes from India’s tropical Keralan coast.

“I refuse to have tandoori or naan on my menu,” says chef Asha Gomez of Atlanta’s Cardamom Hill. Instead of northern-Indian dishes like those, which virtually define Indian cooking in the US, Gomez focuses on the foods of her native Kerala, on the southwest coast. Using staples like shredded coconut, coconut milk, rice (one of the region’s most important crops) and spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, she creates haute Keralan cuisine inspired by her favorite home recipes. To make her vegetable “stew,” for instance, she cooks each ingredient separately, then arranges it elegantly on the plate. For F&W, however, she simplifies her restaurant food, evoking the wonderful Keralan dishes she grew up with.

Red Cabbage Stir-Fry with Coconut

Easy Indian Recipes: Red Cabbage Stir-Fry with Coconut
Photo © Raferman Photography / © Johnny Valiant.

Chef Way At her restaurant, Asha Gomez tops a cabbage stir-fry with fresh coconut, a Keralan staple.

Easy Way Home cooks can substitute shredded dried coconut (not sweetened) for the fresh kind; it’s easier to find in stores.

Keralan Vegetable Stew

Easy Indian Recipes: Keralan Vegetable Stew
Photo © Chris Hornaday / © Jonny Valiant.

Chef Way To cook vegetables perfectly, Gomez simmers each kind in a different pot, then arranges them on the plate.

Easy Way To make this lovely vegetarian stew, home cooks can simmer vegetables in a single pot for about 30 minutes.

Video Watch Sanjeev Kapoor Demonstrate Indian Cooking Techniques

Published September 2012


Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

    Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.