Nicaraguan Chilero Rojo

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups


2 dried red chilies
2-3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion
2 medium vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup chicken stock or water
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a low boil, except salt and cilantro. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and blend until smooth, season with salt and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Corn Curry

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


For green paste

1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only)
2 tablespoons water

For the main dish

1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (optional)
3 whole dried red chiles
¼ teaspoon turmeric
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 ears) or frozen corn


For the green paste, combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor, and process into a paste. Set aside. Combine the milk and the half-and-half in a 2 cup measure or small bowl. Combine the oil, cumin, and mustard seeds, if using, in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover if using mustard seeds (they pop and splatter), and cook until the cumin turns golden brown or you heat the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chiles, turmeric, curry leaves, and asafetida (if using) and stir. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Immediately add the green paste, and turn the heat down to low. Then cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add the flour, and cook, stirring, 1 more minute, scraping the bottom of the pan to keep the flour from sticking. Gradually add the milk mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time at first, to make a smooth paste. Start to add the milk more quickly, adding the final cup all at once. Stir in the salt and the corn, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until the corn is tender, about 4 minutes. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Spicy Quince Sambal

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 red Thai chiles, seeded &  finely chopped
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 small quinces—peeled, halved, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped


In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the garlic, chiles, ginger and onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the peanuts and cook until sizzling, about 3 minutes. Add the quinces, lime juice, sugar and salt. Cover and simmer, stirring a few times, until the quince is barely tender, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Stir in the mint and cilantro and serve.

Make Ahead
Sambal can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight

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