Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

St. Louis Style Ribs

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This recipe is a slow poached rib recipe with the seasonings that are normally incorporated into a dry rub in the poaching liquid, creating simple and succulent ribs!

Ingredients

4 Spanish onions, chopped
12-15 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons mustard Seeds
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
2 teaspoons peppercorns
4 pounds St Louis ribs (specially cut spare ribs)

Directions

In a large soup pan filled with water, place, onions, garlic and seasoning sand bring to just before simmer. Add the spareribs to the pan of water and slow poach for about 3 hours or until meat begins to slide of the bone. Allow ribs to cool in the poaching liquid. The seasonings in the poaching water can be altered according to taste. Grill the ribs slathering the Bourbon BBQ sauce all over them as they grill and after.

*Recipe Property of Polo Dobkins

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

4 bananas
8 wooden skewers
Parchment paper
80% dark organic chocolate bar
Organic White chocolate bar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch cayane pepper
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1 orange
¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg
¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Directions

Cut bananas in ¼’s or ½ depending on size. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Skewer bananas, ready for dipping. Simmer enough water to cover the bottom of a large sauce pot. Take a metal or glass bowl and place over boiling water, being careful not to let the water touch the bowl. In one bowl, break up dark chocolate and add cayenne & cinnamon, place over water and stir till melted. In the other bowl break up white chocolate, adding in ginger, nutmeg, and citrus zest. mix till melted.

Dip ½ of the skewers in the dark chocolate, and the other ½ in white chocolate. Sprinkle the white chocolate skewers with the chopped walnuts, and the dark with the sea salt. Place on parchment and put in freezer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 gallons hot water (no more, possible less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully.  Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum.  Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist.  Heat two large deep  pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F.  Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside.  In another large bowl whisk together the flour, basking powder and herbs and spices.  Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”.  When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess.  Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan.  Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes.  The chicken should be a deep copper brown.  Place on the baking sheets lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Traditional Hollandaise Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
Pinch cayenne
Pinch salt

Directions

Vigorously whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler), the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and double in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

Recipe from Tyler Florence

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup of sauce

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
18 teaspoon cayenne, or a few dashes Tabasco sauce
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (if using salted butter, skip the added salt)

Directions

Melt the butter slowly in a small pot. Try not to let it boil – you want the moisture in the butter to remain there and not steam away. Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne (if using) into your blender. Blend the egg yolk mixture at a medium to medium high speed until it lightens in color, about 20-30 seconds. The friction generated by the blender blades will heat the yolks a bit. The blending action will also introduce a little air into them, making your hollandaise sauce a bit lighter. Once the yolks have lightened in color, turn the blender down to its lowest setting (if you only have on speed on your blender it will still work), and drizzle in the melted butter slowly, while the blender is going. Continue to buzz for another couple seconds after the butter is incorporated. Turn off the blender and taste the sauce. It should be buttery, lemony and just slightly salty. If it is not salty or lemony enough, you can add a little lemon juice or salt to taste. If you want a thinner consistency, add a little warm water. Pulse briefly to incorporate the ingredients one more time. Store until needed in a warm spot, like on or next to the stovetop. Use within an hour or so.

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Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

The yogurt in this curry creates a mild and cool flavor, very herbaceous and not too spicy!

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 serrano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium red onion, chopped coarsely
1 red bell pepper, chopped coarsely
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets
3 medium chicken breasts, sliced in strips
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoon of Ger-Nis Mild Curry (recipe follows)
Juice of 4 limes & zest
¾ cup yogurt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Directions

Heat oils in a large skillet on medium high, add garlic, ginger and chili pepper. Sauté approximately 2 minutes, then add red onion and red bell pepper. Sauté until just tender, approximately 2 more minutes. Add chicken and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly still on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower florets. Reduce heat to simmer and add tomatoes and curry seasoning as well as lime juice and zest, mix well and cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until tomatoes fall apart. Add the snap peas and mix in. Reduce heat again to simmer and add yogurt and mint and cilantro and mix until all yogurt is blended in. Take off heat & Serve over rice or with Indian Naan bread.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.

Ingredients

4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites and green parts, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or onion broth
3 plum tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh peas
Herbed Germolata (recipe follows)

Directions

Tie the veal shanks up with the kitchen twine so that the shanks stay together. In a small mixing bowl mix the flour and mint and season with salt. Dredge the osso buco in the flour until they are all coated. In a large dutch oven or le creuset bring the oil to a medium high heat. Brown the osso buco on all side or about 2 minutes on each. Take out of the pan and set aside. Sauté the garlic, onions and lemon zest for a few minutes or until translucent. Add the carrots and the fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté. Add the wine and stir well removing any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes and stir well. Add the veal shanks to the pot and cover with the vegetables and juice. Turn the burner to low and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the peas and cook another 5 minutes. Take off heat and serve on its own, with pasta, polenta or rice and topped with the herbed gremolata.

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches (about 12 pieces per) asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup white Japanese-style breadcrumbs (Panko)

Directions

Preaheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, cayenne and salt. Place the trimmed asparagus in a shallow baking dish and pour the lemon mixture over, making sure to cover the asparagus completely. In a second shallow baking dish, add the breadcrumbs until evenly distribute at the bottom. Taking one spear at a time, roll the asparagus in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated, then place on a lined baking sheet. When all the spears are coated, place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are browned and the asparagus are tender, about 20 minutes.

Citrus Aioli

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, lime zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and butter on medium high, add the garlic and sauté a few minutes, then add the ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Corriander Tomato Gehaktballen

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 meatballs

Meatballs are one of the most popular dishes in Holland, with traditional and fusion type recipes due to the ever changing population. This version gives a fresh new take on meatballs with the bright additive of cilantro!

INGREDIENTS

½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ cup yellow onion chopped fine
1 egg, beaten
½ pound ground beef
½ pound ground veal
Olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup tomato sauce
Black pepper, freshly ground
Fresh cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl combine breadcrumbs, fresh herbs, and all spices, mix well. Add the yellow onion, the egg and the ground beef and veal and again gently mix with wooden spoon (hands and fingers work even better) until all ingredients are well mixed. Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs. In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes; reduce the heat to moderately low if the meatballs begin to brown too quickly. Drain on paper towels. Spoon off any excess fat from the pan and the meatballs back to the skillet, add the tomato sauce and stir, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan gently with a wooden spoon. Mix well and place heat to very low, simmer on low uncovered for about 2-4 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander (cilantro).

Bitterballen & Herbed Mustard

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Bitterballen are a staple in old Dutch cooking and have been modernized quite a bit over the years and essentially made a bit healthier. Originally served alongside a Dutch bitter Gin, hence the name, these snacks are seen throughout the country in many different forms. These lovely snacks and medium-sized meals are essentially a fried meatball. Typically loaded with fresh herbs and made in various ways, a common version is where the meat and herbs are mixed with mashed potatoes or another starchy vegetable, deep fried, and served with spicy, herbed mustard. Here is an adapted & healthier version from Ger-Nis.

Bitterballen Ger-Nis Style

Makes about 20 bitterballen

INGREDIENTS

1 medium celery root, peeled boiled and mashed
1 small carrot, shredded
1 medium red onion, grated or chopped super fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
½ cup cooked ground veal
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
¼ cup butter melted
3 eggs, beaten
1-2 cups breadcrumbs, superfine
Oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed celery root, carrots, onion and herbs, mix well. Add the ground veal and continue to mix well. Season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add melted butter and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Heat oil in a large frying pan.

To assemble bitterballen, take a spoonful of the celery mash mixture and form into a ball, dip in the beaten egg and roll or cover in the breadcrumbs. Place in the fryer and fry until balls are floating and they are cooked through about 3 minutes. Take out of oil and place on a towel so that the excess oil drains off. Serve warm or hot with the mustard!

Herby Spicy Mustard-Dutch Style

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a small, non-metallic mixing bowl, cover the mustard seeds with the sugar, tumeric, salt, ½ cup of the vinegar and the water and soak covered overnight. Then, with a mortar and pestle pound the mustard seeds until coarse and broken to desired texture. Add the herbs. Add remaining vinegar and continue to mix and mash until coarse yet smooth. (A blender or coffee grinder works perfectly as well.) Place in a covered jar, and refrigerate.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the paneer

1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the green sauce

1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola
3 whole dried red chiles
¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
7 green cardamom pods
7 whole cloves
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the tempering oil (optional)

1 tablespoon ghee or canola oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
1 whole dried red chile
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

For the paneer, preheat the oven to 450°F. Spread the ricotta evenly in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake until the cheese is lightly browned on top and firm but not dry, about 40 minutes. Let cool (the cheese will firm as it cools), then cut into 1 to 1½-inch squares. Reserve half, and refrigerate or freeze the rest for another use.

Heat ½ tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add as many squares of paneer as will comfortably fit, and brown the squares on all sides. Drain the cheese on paper towels. Continue this way to brown all of the paneer, adding ½ tablespoon more oil as needed. Set the paneer aside.

Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the spinach, cover, and cook, stirring every now and then until fresh spinach is wilted or frozen spinach is thawed, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking water, and puree in a blender or food processor, adding a few tablespoons of the cooking water if necessary for pureeing.

Heat the ghee, butter, or oil with the red chiles, cumin, cardamom, cloves, and fennel seeds in a large wok, kadai, or frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin turns a golden brown color, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the asafetida, if using. Then add the ginger, and cook, stirring, 45 seconds. Add the spinach puree and the salt. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, 5 minutes. Gently place the paneer squares on top of the greens. Cover, and cook gently 5 more minutes. Halfway through the cooking, use a large spatula to gently turn the paneer in the spinach. (Careful, the paneer will break easily). Taste the green for salt.

For the tempering oil (if using), heat the ghee or oil with the cumin, fennel seeds, and red chile in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the seeds, until the seeds turn a golden brown color, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the asafetida, if using, and cayenne and pour immediately into the spinach mixture. Give it a stir, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Smoked Spiced Eggplant

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons canola oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ripe medium tomatoes, chopped
½ fresh hot green chile, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon

DIRECTIONS

Roast the eggplant directly on the burner of a gas stove over medium heat, turning often, until the skin is completely blackened and the flesh is soft, about 10 minutes. Or, roast the eggplant on a cookie sheet in a 500°F oven until the skin is blackened, about 20 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then pull off the skin with your fingers, rinsing your hands under running water as you work. (Don’t worry if you can’t get all the charred skin off.) Cut off and discard the stem. Then put the eggplant in a bowl and mash it to a puree with a potato masher.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, wok, or kadai over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until the raw smell disappears, about 30 seconds. Add the coconut, if using, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the coriander, cumin, garam masala, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Now add about 1 tablespoon of water, and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to stick, about 1 more minute.

Add the tomatoes, and give the mixture a stir. Add the mashed eggplant, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh chile and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro. Stir in the lemon juice, and taste for salt. Spoon into a serving bowl, sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of cilantro, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Aloo Bonda Potato Dumplings

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 dumplings

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 pounds (about 5 medium) red potatoes, peeled and quartered
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
24 curry leaves
3 to 6 dried chiles, coarsely crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 small jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely diced
Juice of ½ lime

For the batter

4 cups canola oil, for frying
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ cup water

Tomato Chutney or Ketchup

DIRECTIONS

To make the filling, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, turmeric, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender but not falling apart, about 25 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and set aside.

Heat the oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the mustard seeds begin to pop, about 1½ minutes. Add the chiles, and cook until the curry leaves become brittle, about 1 minute longer. Stir in the ginger and jalapeños cooking for 30 seconds. Then add the mixture to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes against the sides of the bowl until they are semi-smooth. Stir in the remaining 1½ teaspoons salt and the lime juice. Take 2 tablespoons of potato mixture, and roll into a small ball. Set the ball on a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

Heat the canola oil to 350°F in a medium saucepan. To make the batter, whisk together the chickpea flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and asafetida (if using) in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water so it resembles a thick pancake batter. Dip each potato ball in the batter, and roll it in your hands to coat evenly. Gently drop a few battered balls into the hot oil, and fry until they are golden brown, turning often for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the dumplings to a paper towel-lined plate, and serve hot with Tomato Chutney or ketchup.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 18 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 medium tomatoes, quartered and pureed in a food processor or blender
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ teaspoon garam masala
3 (15½-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 cup water

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil with the cloves, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, chiles, cumin seeds, and bay leaves in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the ginger, and cook 1 minute. Add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring, until the onion turns a uniform golden brown color, about 15 minutes. Keep a measuring cup of water by the stove. As the onion begins to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to pull up the browned bits, keeping the onion and spices from burning. Do this as often as necessary (5 or 6 times) until the onion is well browned.

When the onion is cooked, add the garlic, and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the coriander, ground cumin, and turmeric, and cook until the raw smell of the spices disappears, about 30 seconds. Add the cayenne, and then immediately the pureed tomato. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered until a film of oil pools on the surface of the sauce, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a measuring cup or bowl, whisk or stir the yogurt until smooth. Stir about 2 tablespoons of the hot sauce in the yogurt to temper it. When the tomato sauce has cooked 5 minutes, stir in the tempered yogurt, the garam masala, black-eyed peas, and water. Turn the heat to medium, and heat until a bubble or two just breaks the surface, 5 to 7 minutes. (Do not allow yogurt in sauce to boil, or it will curdle.) Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 taste
2 teaspoons dried mango powder (amchur), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons pomegranate seed powder (anaardaana), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1½ cups water
3 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, and red chiles in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the ginger and curry leaves, if using, and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Add the onions, green chiles, and salt while cooking, stirring often, until the onions turn a uniformly dark brown color, about 20 minutes. Keep a cup of water beside the stove as the onions cook. As the onions begin to stick to the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan with the spoon to pull up the browned bits, keeping the onions and spices from burning. Do this as often as necessary (5 or 6 times) until the onions are well browned.

When the onions are cooked, add the mango and pomegranate powders, if using, as well as the ground/toasted cumin, turmeric, and ½ teaspoon of garam masala; cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the cayenne and black peppers. Immediately add the water and all but about ½ cup of chickpeas. Mash the rest of the chickpeas to a puree with the back of a form, and add them to the pan along with the remaining ½ teaspoon garam masala. Bring to a simmer, stirring, and cook gently, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, if using. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Manchurian Cauliflower

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

About 2 quarts corn or canola oil, for frying
3 eggs
23 cup cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup ketchup
Cayenne pepper to taste
Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)
Steamed greens, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Put at least 2 inches of oil into a deep-sided, heavy bottomed pot and bring to 350°F on a candy thermometer. (In a bind, put a pinch of flour into the pot; at 350°F it will sizzle but won’t burn). In a bowl large enough to accommodate the cauliflower, whisk together the eggs and cornstarch. Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper and add the cauliflower. Toss to coat the florets evenly.

Fry the cauliflower in batches, so as not to crowd the pan, making sure that the oil is hot each time you add fresh florets. Cook until the cauliflower begins to mottle, about 4 minutes, then transfer to paper towels to drain. Now take a tablespoon of the hot oil from the frying pot, and place it in a large pan over medium heat, swirling to coat the pan. Add the garlic, and fry until fragrant; then add the ketchup, stirring occasionally, until it begins to bubble and caramelize around the edges. Add cayenne pinch by pinch to taste and then the cauliflower. Toss until hot and coated. Serve with white rice and steamed greens, if desired.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Savory Indian Crepes with Tomato-Shallot Chutney (Cheelas)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon carom (ajowan)
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup water
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1½ teaspoons canola oil

For the chutney

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

To prepare the crepes, whisk the chickpea flour, salt, carom, and cayenne pepper together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the water (the batter should look like a thin pancake batter), and set the batter aside for 30 minutes. While the batter rests, make the chutney: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the shallots and salt, and cook until the shallots are transparent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro; cover the saucepan; and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the tomatoes are very saucy, 6 to 8 minutes. Uncover the saucepan, and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the chutney is thick and jammy, another 6 to 8 minutes. Set it aside while you make the crepes.

Gently stir the jalapeño and ¼ cup cilantro into the crepe batter, trying not to create any bubbles. Heat a medium nonstick skillet or griddle over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. You’ll know it’s hot enough when a few droplets of water sizzle on the skillet. Working quickly, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the center of the skillet, and spread it into a large and thin circle with the back of the measuring cup or back of a spoon (do it quickly – the batter cooks fast). Drizzle ¼ teaspoon of canola oil over the top of the crepe. Cook the underside of the crepe until browned, 1 to 1½ minutes. Flip, and cook the other side until it’s dry, about 30 seconds. Serve with a general scoop of chutney, and eat hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Spicy Mango Pickle

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

3 medium green (unripe) mangoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
½ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons turmeric
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds, coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder
½ tablespoon fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
½ cup cayenne pepper
1 cup canola oil

DIRECTIONS

Put the mango cubes in a nonaluminum bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and half of the turmeric. Toss to coat all of the mango cubes. Spoon the mango into a clean jar, cap, and set in a sunny spot for 2 days, turning the jars up and down several times twice a day.

On the third day, empty the jar into a nonreactive colander and drain for about 30 minutes. Spread the mango out on muslin or an old kitchen towel, and let stand for 2 hours. (The turmeric will stain, so use something that you won’t mind seeing yellow.)

Combine the remaining turmeric with the fennel seeds, ground mustard seeds, ground fenugreek seeds, and cayenne in a nonreactive bowel. Add the mangoes and half of the oil. Stir to mix well.

Spoon into a dry, sterilized jar, and press down lightly to compact the mangoes. Add the remaining oil, and tightly cap the jar. Set in a sunny spot for 10 to 12 days, turning the jars up and down several times once every few days. After the twelfth day the pickle is ready for use, but it tastes better as it ages.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

If using Japanese eggplants, cut them in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2-inch sections. If using small Italian eggplants, quarter them lengthwise, and then cut into 2-inch sections. If you can only find a large eggplant, cut off the straight-sided upper half of the eggplant, and cut it lengthwise into six pieces; cut each piece in half crosswise. Then set the bottom half of the eggplant on one end, and cut off the rounded, outside edges in 4½-inch thick slices, discarding the central core. Cut the other pieces in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2 to 2½-inch sections.

Sprinkle the eggplant slices with salt on a paper-towel-lined-tray, and let stand 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour the vinegar over the brown sugar, and let stand to soften. Wipe the salt off the eggplant with paper towels. Heat the oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Working in two batches, cook the eggplant, turning, until lightly browned and softened, 3 to 4 minutes. (Do not overcook, or the eggplant will fall apart.) Drain on paper towels.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir the garlic, ginger, and cayenne in the oil. Return the eggplant to the pan, and swirl the pan to coat the eggplant with the spices. Let stand off the heat 5 minutes. Then add the vinegar-sugar mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until the syrup is very bubble and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, but not caramelized, about 15 minutes. Let stand until cooled completely to room temperature, spoon into a sterilized 1-quart jar, and refrigerate.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Grape Raita

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 cups plain yogurt
1½ cups seedless grapes, halved
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
Salt

For the tempering oil:

3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin or black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Stir in the grapes, and then the cumin, sugar, and cayenne or paprika. For the tempering oil, heat the oil with the cumin or mustard seeds in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. Cook until the cumin seeds darken or the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes. (Cover pan if using mustard seeds; they crackle and pop.) Add the fennel seeds and curry leaves, if using, and cook uncovered, stirring, 5 to 10 more seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the hot oil.) Pour over the yogurt, and chill well. Just before serving, stir in the salt.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Cucumber Raita

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2¼ cups plain yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 fresh hot green chile, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Add the shredded cucumber, green chile, toasted cumin, and cayenne, and stir. Chill well, and stir in the salt just before serving.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Tamarind Chutney

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 1¼ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
2 cups water
1¼ cups sugar
3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until the spices are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Whisk in the water, sugar, and tamarind concentrate until completely dissolved, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium, and simmer until the sauce turns the color of chocolate and is thick enough to leave a trail on the back of a spoon, 20 to 30 minutes. (While still warm it will look like chocolate sauce, and it will thicken a bit as it cools.) Taste for seasoning, transfer to a covered plastic container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or ladle into dry and sterilized jars and can according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Parathas Stuffed with Potato, Chiles, and Cilantro

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 Parathas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
Salt
1 to 1¼ cups water
1½ pounds boiling potaotes, boiled in their skins until tender (25 to 30 minutes) and cooked
½ cup very finely chopped red onion
1 fresh hot green chile, very finely chopped
1½ tablespoons very finely chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds or ½ teaspoon carom seeds
Juice of ½ lemon or lime
All purpose-flour, for rolling
Canola oil, for cooking
Butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Mix the flour(s) and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the water to the flour mixture, and mix with your hand to combine. Add another ½ cup water, and mix again. Continue adding water, a little at a time, until the dough forms a ball. The dough should take about 1 cup of water.

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured work surface until the dough is moist, soft, and slightly sticky, but doesn’t cling to clean hands or the work surface, about 5 minutes. If the dough is try, dip your fingers into some water and knead the water into the dough. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel pressed directly onto the surface, and let rest at 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and mash them roughly in your hands in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt, the onion, chile, cilantro, spices, and lemon or lime juice, and mix well to form a fairly smooth mixture (there will be small lumps present).

When the dough has rested, set out a bowl of all-purpose flour and a small bowl of canola oil, with a spoon, on your work surface. Lightly flour your work surface as well.

Break off a piece of dough about the size of a gold ball. Toss it first in the bowl of flour, and then roll it between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Set the ball on your work surface, and flatten to a 2-inch disk. Now roll the disk, flouring the work surface and dough as needed, into a thin round 4½ to 5-inches in diameter. Mound about ¼ cup of the potato mixture into the center of the dough rough. Bring the edges of the up over the top of the filling, and press them together to make a pouch. Press down on the neck of the pouch with the palm of one hand to make a slightly rounded disk. Turn the disk in the bowl of flour, and roll it out again into a round about 6-inches in diameter. Continue to roll all of the remaining dough into parathas, and stack them on the plate with sheets of plastic wrap between them.

Heat a griddle or frying pan (preference goes to cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Place the dough round on the heated, ungreased griddle or in the pan, and cook until the dough darkens slightly and you see bubbles begin to form underneath the surface of the dough, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Now you flip the paratha with a spatula, and cook until the bubbles form again.

With the back of the spoon, coat the top of the paratha with oil. Flip, and coat the other side with oil. Now continue cooking, pressing gently on the bread the the back of the spoon and moving the spoon around in a circular motion to press the bread onto the pan for even browning. When the bottom of the bread has browned, flip and repeat. Do this a few times until both sides of the paratha are golden brown and very crisp, 2 to 3 minutes in total.

Remove the paratha from the pan and spread with butter. Serve immediately. Then continue on this way until all of the parathas have been cooked.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 dried red chiles
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 fresh hot green chile, cut in half
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
1 cup water
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine the chicken, potatoes, ½ teaspoon of the turmeric, ¼ teaspoon of the cayenne, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl and stir to coat the chicken and potato with the spices. Let stand while you make the sauce.

Finely mince the onions, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and set aside.

Combine 2 tablespoons of the oil, the cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, red chiles, coriander, and cumin in a large casserole over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced onion mixture, the green chile, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the vegetables brown around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon and green chile, and stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon turmeric and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth; set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and potatoes and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the yogurt 1 tablespoon at a time and stir well after each addition. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes, to evaporate some of the moisture.

Add the pureed tomato, mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in the water. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer partially covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir every 5 to 8 minutes and scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the sauce from sticking. Then uncover and cook 5 more minutes to reduce and thicken. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice. Taste for salt and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Stir Fried Cauliflower with Potato & Crunchy Bengali Spice

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Rounded ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1½ pounds red boiling potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced lengthwise about ½ inch thick
1 small to medium head cauliflower, cored and cut into medium florets
18 teaspoon ground cumin
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 fresh hot green chile, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, nigella, if using, cumin, and coriander seeds in a large wok, kadai, or frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin turns golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the potatoes and stir well to coat with the spices. Then cover and cook until the potatoes have browned some and have begun to soften and stick to the bottom of the pan, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir three or four times during this time and check the cooking. If the potatoes brown too quickly, turn the heat down. If they aren’t browning at all, raise the heat.

Add the cauliflower, ground cumin, cayenne, and fresh chile and stir to coat the cauliflower with the spices. Then cover and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan three of four times during cooking, until the potatoes are well browned, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, cover, and continue cooking until the cauliflower is nicely browned and the vegetables are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir the vegetables every 3 to 4 minutes and check the cooking; if they begin to stick badly and burn, add a teaspoon of water and scrape with a spatula to loosen the spcies and crispy bits from the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Smoked and Spiced Almonds

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1½ teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons canola oil
1½ cups blanched almonds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a sauté pan, add oil and almonds over medium heat, and almonds and toast until golden. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, and season with spices and salt.
Serve immediately.

Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These are Moroccan inspired latkes with a tangy mint sauce adds interest and an exotic twist.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

1 small head of cauliflower, washed and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

1 cup preserved lemons, chopped fine (2 whole lemons chopped with peels and all is okay is well)
1 cup sugar in the raw
1 cup water
½ cup fresh mint, chopped

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated cauliflower, onion, parsley, ginger, honey, zest and juice of lemon, eggs, flour, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine lemons, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes uncovered. Take off heat when it reaches desired consistency, and add mint. Serve warm over latkes.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Meatballs:

8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coriander seeds (freshly ground)
2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (freshly toasted and ground)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

For Spicy Tomato Sauce:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups (15 oz can) crushed tomatoes
½ cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl combine pork, beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, spices, egg and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly by hand until the mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Turn mixture into small 1-inch balls. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil on medium high heat and cook the meatballs, rolling until all sides are golden brown, drain on paper towel. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes. Add parsley and white wine and reduce liquid a little. Add tomato paste and mix well, add the crushed tomatoes, stock and cayenne and mix well. Add meatballs back into the pan and cook for another 10 minutes on medium low heat. The sauce should get thick. Serve warm.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

Peruvian Ceviche

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb fresh whitefish, cut into this strips
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 hot pepper, jalapeño or other, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon or pinch of cayenne pepper
Juice of 3 lemons
Juice of 2 limes or sour oranges
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, making sure all the fish is covered in juices. Serve on a bed of butter leaf lettuce with a cold sweet potato round and a handful of Cancha.

PERUVIAN CANCHA

This popular snack in Peru is made with a special type of large-kernel corn called maiz chilpe. The dried kernels are tossed with oil and toasted in a skillet until they are brown and puffed and then seasoned with salt.
*Maiz Chilpe can be found at specialty Latin Stores or at times in farmers markets in Latin communities, the variety is extremely rare in the USA.

Peruvian Ceviche con Cancha

Late Summer Garden Chicken and Herbed Dumplings

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Wine Pair: White & Red

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves, garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
â…“ cup white wine (use the wine you choose for the wine pairing)
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup of the following herbs destemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves (if not, substitute dry)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings*

PREPARATION

In a large heavy bottom stew skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minute until translucent. Add chicken and green onions and sauté until chicken is browned or about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, turnips and salt and pepper. Deglaze pan with white wine and add chicken stock and herbs, including bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then turn to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, put together dumplings, see recipe that follows). Add the cream, nutmeg, cayenne and spinach. Drop spoon full’s of dumpling dough over the top of the soup and let cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered and not stirring, until dumplings are cooked through.

Dumplings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed very small
½ cup cold milk
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and using fingers make a crumbly mixture. Add milk, cayenne and herbs and mix well, adding more flour if needed in order to make a slightly sticky but manageable dough.

Falafel

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 25

INGREDIENTS

½ lb dried chick peas, soaked for 24 hours
2 teaspoons cumin
½ lb dried fava beans, soaked for 24 hours
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 small onion, quartered
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ bunch scallions, roughly chopped
Pinch of cayenne pepper
6 garlic cloves

PREPARATION

Heat 3” of canola or vegetable oil to 375˚F in a large pot. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using the meat grinder attachment on a Kitchen Aid Mixer, start grinding ingredients until everything is the same size and texture. Once ground, form into small balls for frying. Once oil is up to temperature, start to fry falafel (be careful not to crowd, as temperature of oil will drop) about 6 balls at a time flipping occasionally until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Marjoram Tomato Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound medium shell macaroni
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter and then add flour, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk, then decrease heat to medium to bring to a simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Then, add cheese and continue to whisk until melted, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes and marjoram, stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and the fresh herbs and mix well. Serve.

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