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Indian food recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Indian Food

Indian take-out is ideal for a family or crowd - but it can take a toll on your wallet. If the tight economy has you eating cost-consciously, try these authentic Indian food recipes that taste just as delish as take-out.

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Indian food recipes

This is part of a homemade take-out food series. For additional delicious take-out meals you can make at home, sink your teeth into one of these articles:

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Pakoras (Fried Chickpea Fritters with Yogurt Dipping Sauce)

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup chickpea flour
1 small onion, chopped
1 large green chili, chopped, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala, divided*
1/2 cup water
Cilantro and/or mint
Oil for deep-frying
Pinch of salt
3 cups yogurt

Directions:
1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, onion, 3/4 of the chili, baking powder, cumin and 1 teaspoon garam masala. Gradually add water into mixture to form a thick paste.

2. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat. While oil is heating, combine yogurt, remaining chili, remaining garam masala and salt. Chill until ready to serve.

3. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into oil. Do not over-crowd pan. Cook until golden. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with yogurt sauce.

*Garam masala is a blend of warm spices. You can find it in the spice section of most supermarkets.
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