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For Your iPad: Cardamom Kitchen

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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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over 1 year ago jodiewen

Susan at Cardamom Kitchen makes delicious meals and desserts. I've attended several of her "tasting parties" and everyone was raving about her fabulous cooking! I can't wait to get her app!

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over 1 year ago CarrieE

More great recipes from Susan at Cardamom Kitchen! I've tasted her cooking and tried her recipes -- they are always easy to follow and tasty. This is a great resource.

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over 1 year ago sst623

Easy to follow instructions with delicious results. I love the cardamom cookies in particular!

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, I am thrilled to see this! I was recently introduced to Cardamom Kitchen via the WFM web site (which alas, I have only rarely visited, due to chronic time constraints). Ms. Pachikara's "voice" as a writer stands out for its directness, clarity and lack of pretension. And the information she shares is so helpful! When I get back to my kitchen -- where my iPad lives, handily attached at eye level to the only exposed cabinet side available -- I'm going to download and start enjoying this app. Thank you so much for posting this. ;o)

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over 1 year ago Maria42

I've tasted these recipes and they are fantastic. Susan has a way of making great cooking accessible to novices like myself. Really enjoyed the food!

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over 1 year ago IvyM

I have had the opportunity to test Susan's green bean thoran, uppamavu, vada and savoury pancake recipes. Her instructions are easy and make me want to continue cooking South Indian food. Kudos to you, Susan for taking the time to pen your mom's recipes and test them, you have inspired me to do the same with my mom!!

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over 1 year ago IvyM

I have had the opportunity to test Susan's green bean thoran, uppamavu, vada and savoury pancake recipes. Her instructions are easy and make me want to continue cooking South Indian food. Kudos to you, Susan for taking the time to pen your mom's recipes and test them, you have inspired me to do the same with my mom!!

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over 1 year ago Adam R

This is really great, tons of new recipes I have never tried before!