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Helpful, quick cooking videos that teach you chef's tricks and techniques for making healthy, delicious plant-based recipes.  Farmer's Market clips to share you tips on picking fresh produce.  Shopping tours of Asian and Mexican ingredients as well as grains, rice, lentils, and other plants.  Many of the recipes are gluten-free and oil-free.  All are 100% vegan.  Led by Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Indian Market Trip with Essential Ingredients for Authentic Recipes

Indian Market Trip

What to get for when cooking Indian recipes?

Plant-Based Chef Katie Simmons just went to the Indian market, and she will give you tips on some basic Indian ingredients for stocking your pantry and your spice cabinet.  

Stock your Pantry:

Essential Indian Ingredients You Need: 

Spices: Turmeric, Fenugreek, Methi Powder, Saffron, Red Chili, Cardamom, Coriander, Saffron

Fresh Produce: Potatoes, Onion, Eggplant, Okra, Tomato, Cauliflower, Green Chilies, Cilantro, Ginger

Grains, Beans, Lentils:  Chickpeas (Channa), Dal (split beans), Lentils, Brown Basmati Rice

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Essential Indian Ingredients:


Dal means "split". In Indian cuisine, it can refer to split lentils, peas, or beans. Plant-based Chef Katie Simmons shares tips on how dal can mean quicker cooking and creamier texture. Dal is a healthy source of vegan protein and essential nutrients. More healthy vegan recipes at:
Want to know how to cook lentils faster? Or why split lentils taste different than how? Plant-based Chef Katie Simmons will help guide you on how to choose the right size lentil, when to get split lentils, and how to use them in healthy recipes. More cooking at:
Small Indian Green Chilies are a basic ingredient in many healthy curry dishes, chutneys, and Asian-inspired recipes. Plant-based Chef Katie Simmons shares where to find these small peppers. If you can't find them, she offers suggestions on how to substitute. More oil-free cooking at:
What is saffron and why is it so expensive? Plant-based Chef Katie Simmons explains this exotic spice. She offers tips on traditional recipes using saffron, plus healthy, plant-based ideas for using in rice, polenta, and more. Learn more at:
Fenugreek and Methi are two spices that come from the same plant. Fenugreek is a seed with a maple-syrup like flavor and is a traditional spice in curry powder. Methi powder is made from the leaves, and is often cooked with potatoes in Indian cuisine.
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Turmeric is a bright, yellow powder, made from ground fresh turmeric root. It's been used to relieve inflammation and aid digestion. Plant-based Chef Katie Simmons shares how to use this spice to add natural bright yellow color to your lemon sauces or vegan "egg" substitute dishes.
Roasted Channa refers to roasted chickpeas. This healthy, plant-based vegan snack is one of Chef Katie's favorites. This oil-free crunchy alternative for chips is common in Indian markets, but you can also find it online. More healthy, plant-based tips and recipes at:

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About the Author

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chef Katie Simmons

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago.  She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue.  She consults and develops recipes for a Chicago-based food delivery company and celebrity cookbooks.  Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years’ experience in the fitness industry.  For fun, she loves to travel.  Some of her favorite trips include 4 days on the Incan Trail in Peru, 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, and exploring the pretzels and vineyards of Germany.