Food for Your Ragas Live(stream) Festival 2020 @ Home

A portrait from Brooklyn and The World

For 24 hours, beginning Saturday, November 21st at 7pm, global music legends will play live from their various corners of the globe, as part of the 9th Ragas Live Festival!  Below, we have collected recipes from the artists themselves as well as home chefs to help you taste the sounds emanating from around the globe. Register here.

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Foreword

Just as the Ragas Live Festival is rooted in Indian classical music but also celebrates innovations (what has been called a Raga Renaissance), the foods captured here have a parallel trajectory. All of the recipes here (and on the entirety of this site) are made and enjoyed in the homes of people who have roots in these geographic boundaries, and have various geographic and cultural trajectories of their own.

Not unlike the musical artists who studied hard with their gurus, and are as adept at masterfully performing a classical rag as they are transforming it to speak to them, these recipes come from home cooks who are steeped in tradition of their. homeland, and have also adapted their recipes to account for their taste preferences, availability of ingredients, or even whims.

Which is all to say, we use countries to orient readers geographically, but do not pretend that “Indian” begins to represent the deeply rich and varied cuisines across that country. Similarly, the “Malian” dishes presented here are versions of dishes that have variations across western Africa, and predate geographic borders.

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Ragas Live Festival

In its 9th year, you can read about the history of the festival here. We encourage you to register and donate to help support the artists and the festival!

Then scroll through the below to choose your snacks or entrees, and make your shopping list! if you are in the NYC area, you can use the online grocer Mirchi to find/deliver some items that may not be in your local grocery store. At the time of writing there were still delivery windows available! Act fast. 🙂

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Monika Njava’s Akoho Masoandro

You’ll want to click on over to the story of Monika Njava’s Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken) recipe. Otherwise known as the voice of Madagascar, Monika Njava will be performing with her band Toko Telo at 2pm on Sunday 21-Nov.

Toko Telo on stage

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Malian Yassa Poulet

malian picnic of poulet yassa and to sauce au gombos
sauce au gombos and yassa poulet for Salif Keita live at Prospect Park

This recipe is part of the Malian Picnic portrait we created to celebrate Salif Keita’s live show in Prospect park the summer of 2019. The recipe for Poulet Yassa came via the Mali rising foundation, and represented a recipe form a woman who routinely cooks this in very large quantities for the community.

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Sauce au Gombos

yassa poulet and sauce gombos for salif keita live at prospect park july 2019
sauce au gombos and yassa poulet for Salif Keita live at Prospect Park

This recipe is part of the Malian Picnic portrait we created to celebrate Salif Keita’s live show in Prospect park the summer of 2019. The recipe for Poulet Yassa came via

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Garam Masala Cashews

This recipe comes from the “Spiced: Desi Hip-hop + Garam Masala Cashews” portrait.

garam masala cashews in a pretty bowl

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Garam Masala Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

garam masala cookies for days

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Watermelon Curry

delicious watermelon curry

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Chana Masala

chole masala chana masala in a copper serving bowl

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Saag Paneer

saag paneer in a copper serving bowl with rice behind it

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Coconut Burfi

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Wait! There’s More…

a hot plate of pau bhaji and garnished with butter, red onion, lime and cilantro and brioche rolls

Here’s a quick list from the 2019 Raga Live Festival. Before I have time to add the detail on this page, the full detail is just a click away:

Keep checking back for more recipes! I’ll add them as more submissions come in.

biryani
hyderabadi biryani
pooris lesson w naani in Hyderabad (us in brooklyn)
nani’s pooris
chai and garam masala oatmeal raisin cookies
chai and garam masala oatmeal raisin cookies