I've just recently moved to Dubai from Western Canada with my husband. There is a huge variety of food on offer in the supermarkets, but the cheapest (and less environmentally hefty in terms of travel-related carbon footprint) items on offer are from nearby countries - other Middle Eastern areas and the subcontinent.
Most of this produce looks lovely. Unfortunately, I don't have a clue what it is (I did shop quite a bit in the Asian and Indian markets in Edmonton, but most of this stuff didn't get there, or I didn't see it).
I'm ready to start buying and experimenting, but my husband (Scottish) is much less veg-friendly and adventurous than I am. I think that I could sell him on some of this stuff if I:
A. Knew what the heck it was.
B, Knew what the heck I should do with it (use as a seasoning, steam it, boil it, saute it, show it to the kitchen then throw it out, ... ?)
I haven't given any examples because the selection is so vast. What I'm looking for is either an on-line reference to Indian, Arabian, and other Asian vegetables (I know that some will fit into all categories) that will tell me what to buy, what to do with it, how to know if it's fresh or not, etc, or a printed "Bible of things that don't grow or make their way to Western Canada".
Many thanks in advance - I promise to let you know how the cooking goes!!!