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Aloo tikki (potato fritters with sizzled tomatoes)

At this time of year, the weather, our mood, even the seasonal food available can seem a little dull. I always get the urge to cook spicy vegetable dishes with colour and exotic flavours to liven up my taste buds. Last week, I cooked them every night

Spices are dried seeds/fruit/root or bark. They are used in cooking to add flavour and colour and sometimes also as as a preservative. Although they have little or no nutritional value, many have medicinal qualities.

I think of spices in categories. There are the hot, pungent spices such as cayenne, chilli and paprika; the fragrant spices – cardamom, coriander, saffron and cumin; the earthy ones – all spice, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon; and the...

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