South/Southeast Asia

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Bengali Omelette Curry

| July 23, 2012 | 12 Comments
Bengali Omelette Curry

There are a number of Indian recipes which never find their way to the restaurant menu. Omelette curry is one of them. This is a very easy dish and it can be cooked in a jiffy. When the omelette boils in the gravy, it swells up a little, absorbs the flavors of the gravy and […]

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Pancharattan Dal (A Mixture of Five Kinds of Lentils)

| June 18, 2012 | 8 Comments
Pancharattan Dal (A Mixture of Five Kinds of Lentils)

Dal is a stew made with lentils, which is very common in every traditional Indian household. When a baby starts eating solids, an Indian mother will most likely give him mung dal, as lentils are extremely nutritious. It is rich in proteins and thus, an essential component in a balanced Indian vegetarian diet.

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Thai Green Curry with Roasted Duck

| January 30, 2012 | 6 Comments
Thai Green Curry with Roasted Duck

Thai cuisine uses a variety of curry pastes (red, yellow or green ones). Each paste tastes unique. Personally, I love Thai Green curry a lot and believe it is among the best non-Indian curries I have ever tasted (I judge a Thai restaurant by the taste of this curry). So far, I am quite impressed […]

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The 5% Diet: A Variation on a Dal Recipe

| December 19, 2011 | 7 Comments
The 5% Diet:  A Variation on a Dal Recipe

Recently, my husband and I watched the documentary, Forks over Knives, a film that details the claims and groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Colin Campbell in his book, The China Study.  According to Dr. Campbell (nutritional scientist at Cornell University) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force […]

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Incredible Spices of India

| August 8, 2011 | 6 Comments
Incredible Spices of India

Please welcome back our guest contributor, the amazing Purabi of Cosmopolitan Currymania. If you haven’t checked out her website, we recommend that you do! Born and raised in India, Purabi current lives in Hong Kong with her son, daughter, and husband. She is passionate about food, and delights in sharing the flavors of India. Welcome […]

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Tourist In Your Own City: Tidbit of the Day

| July 7, 2011 | 2 Comments
Tourist In Your Own City: Tidbit of the Day

Typically, I spend most of the DC summer cursing the heat and humidity, dodging tourists and doing a whole lot of grumbling about “actually living here”.  (True Story: During Cherry Blossom season, I actually tried wearing a whistle when I ran on the National Mall to clear a path through the crowds.  However, the Capitol […]

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Today’s Special: TidBit of the Day

| June 16, 2011 | 6 Comments
Today’s Special: TidBit of the Day

“Masala is the symphony, oil is the orchestra.” If you like food, the Daily Show, Queens, or know about what it’s like to be an immigrant, this light-hearted, sweet movie is must. Aasif Mandvi (Daily Show) plays a son of Indian immigrants trying to make it as a sous chef in a fancy French restaurant […]

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Teas of the World

| January 13, 2011 | 10 Comments
Teas of the World

Whilst on a call with Belinda and Patty last week I had the bright idea of writing a post about my favourite beverage after coffee, tea! We haven’t really written about tea much on Zomppa and I felt it merited some long overdue attention. Little did I realize at this stage the magnitude of the […]

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Project Food Blog #1: Food, Meet Zomppas

| September 15, 2010 | 28 Comments
Project Food Blog #1: Food, Meet Zomppas

As one of 2,000 bloggers in FoodBuzz’s first ever contest to find the next food blog star, we’re in it to win it! The winner is voted by food bloggers and a panel of distinguished judges, including: Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of FOOD & WINE Magazine, Nancy Silverton, Founder La Brea Bakery, Co-owner Mozza, and Pim Techamuanvivit, Author of ChezPim.com and The […]

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Inequality of Olympic Proportions

| February 28, 2010 | 4 Comments
Inequality of Olympic Proportions

I admit it, I’ve been kinda addicted to the Olympics. Who knew watching skiing and shooting could be so fascinating? Well, the 2010 Olympics is coming to a close, and Vancouver has certainly showed herself to be a wonderful hostess. I had the fortune to visit and eat my way through Vancouver last year, and […]

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