Kewra Water

This is an extract that’s distilled from pandanus flowers, and used to flavor meats, drinks, and desserts in India and Southeast Asia. Some brands of Kewra water are artificially flavored, so check the label. Substitutes: Kewra essence (more concentrated, so use less) OR rose water.

Khoya

Khoya is a dairy product. Khoya is used in making many sweets dishes. In India there is no problem in getting khoya from the stores. It is considered as one of the important dairy products and in many houses it is very commonly used. However, outside India, people do not know what khoya is, and […]

Kasoori Methi

Fenugreek is a lesser known Indian spice with a strong aroma and a bitter taste. Mash leaves and sprinkle over curries and dry vegetable dishes just before serving for an unforgettable flavor. Commonly used as a substitute for fresh methi leaves in aloo methi, a dry vegetable dish that combines potatoes with these leaves.

Jackfruit

Also known as kathal. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter. The exterior of the compound fruit is green or yellow when ripe. The interior consists of large edible bulbs of yellow, banana-flavored flesh that encloses a […]

Jhinga

Striped gourd. Available in Indian grocery stores.

Jaggery

Jaggery is commonly known as ‘gur’ or ‘gud’ and is made of dehydrated sugar cane juice. This rich, caramel like sweetener melts fast with a little heat and is often used as a substitute for sugar in kheer and the South Indian payasam. An important ingredient in many festival dishes, jaggery is also used to […]