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Smashing cucumbers helps release the seeds, which are the source of much of the vegetables’ wateriness. It also creates craggy surfaces that are better at absorbing flavor, like in pai huang gua, a fixture in Chinese cooking. This refreshing, boldly textured salad from Yunnan province comes in a sweet soy dressing and sprinkled with scallions, cilantro and peanuts.

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Served in the Hunan and Sichuan regions of China, this dish traditionally makes use of a long-stemmed variety of cauliflower with loosely packed florets that can be stir-fried in a flash. Dense Western-style cauliflower needs longer cooking, so we first brown the florets in a hot skillet, then add a little water to create steam to finish cooking them through.

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Mujaddara is comfort food in many Middle Eastern countries. It often is made with lentils and rice, but this version combines lentils and bulgur. For ease, we cook them in the same pot, with the lentils getting a head start so they finish at the same time. Lots of scallions and deeply caramelized onions—almost burnt, really—finish the dish for layers of complex flavor.

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This is an umami-packed, noodle-based version of another weeknight favorite, kimchi fried rice. Butter may seem out of place, but its richness smooths the edges and adds a welcome velvetiness.

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Made from rare Alphonso mangos, this puree tastes just like biting into one of the juicy fruits during peak season.

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In this simple side dish, carrots are roasted until caramelized, then combined with toasted pine nuts and raisins that have been plumped in white balsamic vinegar. If you can find rainbow carrots, they make for a colorful presentation.

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This refreshing salad is a symphony of tastes, colors and textures. Fish sauce, known as nuoc mam in Vietnam, gives the dressing savory, umami-rich underpinnings, while lime juice, sugar and garlic punch up the flavors. The jalapeños add moderate spiciness; if you prefer mild heat, seed the jalapeños before slicing them.

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Lemon zest perfumes this simple cake, then a lemon syrup is poured on after baking to keep the crumb moist and add a layer of tangy-sweet flavor.

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In this dish, bright, bracing lemon zest and juice perk up the savoriness of garlic, pancetta and capers, and a dusting of golden crisp breadcrumbs adds texture.

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