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When we start using recipes, we may want to get some information about the ingredients we are using. This Glossary offers some of that information. Hover over the slightly highlighted Keywords to see an Image, a Description and a link to a related website for detailed information.

  • Tomatoes

    Tomato is considered both, a fruit and vegetable and forms an integral part of cuisines all across the globe. Daily consumption of tomatoes provides a great boost to health, along with improving the flavor of food. You find them in countless different foods in every possible cuisine, from breakfast to dinner.  Tomatoes are also an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus.

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  • Toor Dahl

    Toor Dahl is used a lot in India, and almost daily in South India. It is a great source of protein. It is used as a base in Sambar, which is a sauce or stew or vegetarian gravy (for lack of a better term), that is eaten mixed with cooked Rice, or as a side dish for Idli's (sort of muffins) and Dosa's (sort of crispy pancakes). It is also used as the base for a soup-like dish called Rasam (which actually means essence). While Rasam is used in a regular meal, since it has spices and herbs that have medicinal properties, it is also used with a little bit of rice when someone is sick and their digestive system is weak, or some prefer to drink it from a cup.

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  • Turmeric

    Turmeric has a beautiful bright yellow color and great flavor. It is an anti-inflammatory and relief from so many diseases. Its benefits are too many to be listed here.

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