“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 chiles, slit the length of the chile
1½ teaspoons salt, or to [...]

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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, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and peppercorns in a medium sauce pan.
Add [...]

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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
Season the duck with ¾ teaspoon salt per pound. Refrigerate 1-2 days. Pat dry.
Brown [...]

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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 peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
DIRECTIONS
Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan [...]

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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
2 garlic cloves, mashed in a mortar and pestle with 1⁄8 teaspoon cumin [...]

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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 ground mace
DIRECTIONS
If the roses have stems, break them off and discard. Heat [...]

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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 the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 [...]

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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 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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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 piece cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 whole [...]

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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 more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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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
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan filled with boiling [...]

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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
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Combine [...]

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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 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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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 lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon [...]

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