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Our friend Susan Pachikara writes the always-excellent Kitchen Basics column at Whole Foods Market Cooking. This time, though, she's not teaching us how to freeze avocados, all about melting chocolate, or the whys of caramelizing onions -- Susan now has an iPad app that shares a name with her blog: the Cardamom Kitchen app, currently $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.


With dishes from appetizers to dessert, Susan's recipes are authentic and approachable for new cooks who want to try Indian food: cucumber-tomato salad requires no cooking, and flatbreads are much easier than their yeasted counterparts. For more advanced cooks, there are stews, curries, and pilafs galore. And all of the recipes come with step-by-step instructions that make dinnertime a breeze.

Simplly and with beautiful photos, Susan shares 25 from Kerala, a state in southwest India. Each recipe begins with a photo and a short anecdote -- this stir-fried cabbage looks incredible.

The recipes themselves are helpfully scrollabe, and there is an option to upload your finished dish for other cooks to see!

Coolest of all, you can rate and save your favorite recipes to refer back to later -- and if you sign in with Facebook, you can even interact with other cooks using the Cardamom Kitchen app in their homes.

If you love Indian food, love it but want to try new dishes, or are on the lookout for more interesting weeknight fare, the Cardamom Kitchen app has your name on it. Thanks, Susan!

Tags: whole foods market cooking, apps, ipad, cardamom kitchen, ipad app, india, Kerala

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