“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns 4 whole cloves 4 green cardamom pods 3 whole dried red chiles 1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced 4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional) 2 red onions, finely chopped 3 fresh hot green […]

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Baby Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 12 baby artichokes, trimmed and halved lengthwise ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for serving ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise 3 sprigs fresh thyme Coarse sea salt or kosher salt ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns Chopped parsley DIRECTIONS Combine water, the oil, lemon juice, garlic, […]

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Braised Duck Legs with Figs Lime and Honey

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 duck legs, trimmed of excess fat Salt 12 large shallots, peeled and left whole, roots trimmed 12 dried figs 2 branches fresh rosemary 4 tablespoons honey 4 quarter-size slices fresh ginger 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1-2 cups duck stock DIRECTIONS […]

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Chai

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 2 cups milk 1 cup water 1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half 9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open 7 whole cloves A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks 6 black […]

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Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS ¼ cup canola oil 4 whole cloves ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns 6 green cardamom pods 1-inch piece cinnamon stick 3 whole dried red chiles ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 2 bay leaves 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 large red onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste […]

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Garam Masala

Makes about ¾ cup INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon dried miniature rosebuds (optional) A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken into pieces 2 bay leaves ¼ cup cumin seeds 1⁄3 cup coriander seeds 1 tablespoon green cardamom pods 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns 2 tablespoon whole cloves 1 dried red chile ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1⁄8 teaspoon […]

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Ger-Nis Chai & Mango Bubble Teas

Makes 1 drink INGREDIENTS ¼ strong black tea ¼ cup cooked tapioca pearls ¼ fresh mango syrup or Chai syrup (recipes follow) ¼ cup coconut milk Crushed ice DIRECTIONS Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on […]

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Gingito (Dominican Republic)

Another sweet and peppery addition to the mix. Ginger and basil combine well in this deep dark powerful vixen of a drink!

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Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

Makes 20 tacos INGREDIENTS 2 cups water 1 chicken breast, skinless 2 chicken thighs, skinless 2 chicken legs, skinless ½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup green pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 whole allspice berries 3 […]

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Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS A 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces and skinned 3 medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered ¾ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt 1½ medium onions, roughly diced 5 garlic cloves A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half crosswise 3 tablespoons canola oil A 1-inch […]

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6 Ingredients For the brine 1 tablespoon lemon zest 2 lemons sliced Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers ½ cup honey 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram 1 cup salt 2 gallon hot water (no […]

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Pickled Red Onions

Makes 2 cups INGREDIENTS 1 large red onion, cut in half and sliced thin 1 jalapeño, sliced in half, deseeded and sliced thin ½ cup lime juice Zest of one lime ¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar or white vinegar ½ cup water ½ cup sugar in the raw 3 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black peppercorns […]

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Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

Serves 6 to 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups basmati rice 4½ cups cold water 2 medium red onions ¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 8 green cardamom pods A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half ¼ teaspoon whole cloves ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds […]

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Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

Makes 15 tostadas INGREDIENTS 2 cups water 1 chicken breast, skinless 2 chicken thighs, skinless 2 chicken legs, skinless ½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup green pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 whole allspice berries 3 […]

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Thai Green Curry Paste / Gaeng Keow Wan

Makes 1 cup curry paste Ingredients 5-10 small fresh green chilies (10=HOT) 5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine 3 teaspoons coarse sea salt 2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine 2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine 2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine 2 tablespoons […]

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