“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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Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows
PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking [...]

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Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

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 [...]

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Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

Makes approximately 3 cups
Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
12-15 corn tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the cilantro, oil, [...]

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Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

Ingredients
10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
12-15 corn tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the cilantro, oil, cumin seeds, lime juice and [...]

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Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle [...]

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Blackberry Mole

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
1⁄8 teaspoon [...]

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Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes 24
Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato [...]

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Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or [...]

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Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

Makes approximately 4 cups
Ingredients
2 tablespoons of canola oil
¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
3 cups of plain yogurt (whole or reduce fat)
¼ cup of mint chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Green chilies, optional
Directions
Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop in oil for approximately a [...]

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Chive-Cumin Dusted Sweet Potato Fries

Simple, tasty, and oven-baked, these fries pack a sweet & spicy punch in both flavor and color!

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Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

This spicy sauce is perfect for a south-of-the-border themed Thanksgiving. Try it with a chipotle glazed turkey, corn bread jalapeño stuffi ng, corn mashed potatoes, and green chili gravy.

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Cilantro Lime Mango Gazpacho

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced small
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
3 large cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon [...]

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Cilantro Pesto

INGREDIENTS
1 bunch fresh cilantro (approx. 1½ cups)
3-4 cloves fresh garlic
Zest of 2 limes
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped and deseeded (optional)
Juice of 4 limes
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup walnut oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
PREPARATION
In a blender, or with a handheld food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, lemon juice, jalapeño pepper and oil with [...]

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Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

Ingredients

For the Coconut-Curry Sauce

2 cups of coconut meat
1½ cups filtered water
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 thumb size knob of ginger, peeled and minced with micro plan
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 small chili peppers or other small red chilies, with seeds
1 tablespoons kaffir lime powder (take kaffir leaves, dehydrate over night, grind into [...]

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Corn Curry

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
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 [...]

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Corriander Tomato Gehaktballen

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 [...]

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Cucumber Raita

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 [...]

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Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, sliced thin
2 zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 jalapeño, deseeded and thinly sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, for serving
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil. Sauté sliced onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add [...]

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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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Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

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 [...]

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Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

Serves 6
This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences [...]

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Falafel

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 [...]

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Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crème Fraiche

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For Sauce
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine (set aside half for tacos)
½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of cumin
2 teaspoons salt
For Tacos
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
½ jalapeño, reserved from sauce
1½ pounds halibut or snapper fillet (or [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
3 cups red cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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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 [...]

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Grape Raita

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 [...]

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Green Chili Gravy

Makes 2 cups of gravy
INGREDIENTS
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut into quarters
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chicken broth
3 poblano chili peppers, roasted, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, roasted, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup heavy whipping cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
PREPARATION
Place the tomatillos, cumin, salt and chicken broth in a medium [...]

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Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

Makes 20 tamales
INGREDIENTS
For the red chili pork
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 red chile, torn into pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
For the [...]

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Herbed Garlic Pita Toasts with Minty Cucumber and Yogurt

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For Pita
4 pita rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Salt
For Dip
1 large cucumber, peeled, cut in half, seeded, grated, and strained
2 cups Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, grated on microplane
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons fresh mint, [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds ground lamb
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follow)
Mustard Mint Pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicy Mint Yogurt

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds lamb, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Mix the lamb, the [...]

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Khichdi

Serves 6
Ingredient
1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes
1 cup of rice
2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 red potato, small dice
1 [...]

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Mango-Sage BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is the perfect special occasion addition with a no fuss recipe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, it is a sweet & spicy and herbalicious treat. You will need party size buns, too.

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Mattar Paneer

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 package of paneer (cubed)
2 tablespoons ghee
3-4 cardamom pods, whole
1 small stick of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 small onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated
3 green chilies, finely chopped
3-4 large tomatoes, pureed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 tablespoons of kasoori methi [...]

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Meatballs with Pomegranate Sauce

Makes 30 mini meatballs
INGREDIENTS
½ small onion, finely chopped
½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
½ tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
½ lb ground lamb
¼ cup fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
½ lb ground turkey
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ tablespoon black pepper
Pomegranate sauce, recipe below
PREPARATION
Preheat oven [...]

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
Zest and juice of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
For the Soup
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and [...]

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Mexican Spiced Walnut and Tomato Salsa with Collard Green Wrap

Serves 3-4
Walnut meat
Ingredients
1½ cups raw walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoon nama shoyu
¼ of dried chipotle, soaked
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1 green onion, sliced in very thin slices
½ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
2-4 small collard green leaves
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
Tomato salsa
Directions
Take the [...]

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Middle Eastern Spiced Sweet Potato Herb Latkes with Curry Mint Sour Cream

Bring a touch of the Middle East into your Hanukah celebration with these spiced latkes!

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Moroccan Chicken Curry Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

Exotic Middle Eastern spices give these individual chicken pot pies, a sultry edge, while filling your kitchen with intoxicating scents!

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Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from [...]

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Panamanian Sancocho

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ [...]

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Patatas Bravas

Serves 10

Ingredients

For the potatoes
4 large Russet potatoes
Salt, to taste
For the salsa brava
⅓ cup tomate frito, recipe follows
½ tablespoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce to taste
2 cups olive oil or canola oil

Directions

Parboil the potatoes with their skins still intact on the stove. The potatoes are finished boiling when you [...]

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Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

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Peruvian Herbed Blue Potato Latkes with Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

Here are a few of our favorite latke recipes with a modern herbal twist. Each recipe is uniquely herbalized and is accompanied by its own unique serving sauce. We have latkes for all palette types and occasions, including sweet, savory, robust and fresh, and light. All of these recipes will create a new modern symbol of celebration for your Hanukah traditions.

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Pico de Gallo

Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, flesh removed, chopped fine
Juice of 2 lemons
Dash of cumin
2 teaspoons maldon salt
PREPARATION
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and let stand for 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

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Purple Majesty Potato Latkes with Tomato Cumin Sour Cream

Makes 20 medium latkes.
INGREDIENTS
5-6 medium blue potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
1 medium white onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
vegetable oil
PREPARATION
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except oil and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet [...]

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Roasted Red Pepper Cilantro Cumin Seed Hummus

Serves 10
Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups of chick peas, canned or soaked overnight and cooked (reserve ½ cup cooking liquid)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
⅓ cup tahini
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
⅓ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, [...]

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Rock Shrimp Tacos

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 pound rock shrimp
Juice of 1 lime
12 teaspoons cumin
½ cup fresh cilantro
Salt
Oil
Cherry tomatoes
Corn or whole wheat tortillas
Avocado
Radish Salad Garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a small mixing bowl, place shrimp, lime juice, salt and cumin, and mix. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid. In the meantime, make the radish salad. In a medium skillet, heat a small [...]

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Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium dried red chilies, seeded and chopped (stems included)
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
½ a poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
½ tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon smoky chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water (or chicken [...]

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Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
¼ pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons half-and-half
Juice of 1 lime
DIRECTIONS
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Zest of 1 lime
1 chicken breast
Salt/pepper
1½ tablespoons canola oil
½ a large white onion, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
3 whole chipotle peppers in adobe, chopped
¼ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock
Tortillas, for serving
For garnish:
Pickled onions
Avocadoes
DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, combine all spices and lime zest and [...]

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Shrimp and Crab Fresh Corn Enchiladas with Salsa Verde & Red Sauce

Serves 6
Salsa Verde
INGREDIENTS
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
3 poblano chili peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup half-and half
Juice of 1 lime
PREPARATION
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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Smashed Beans

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Avocado or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
3 cups black, red or pinto beans
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Directions
In a medium sauté pan heat the oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the onions until slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the beans and sauté, smashing the beans with a potato [...]

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Smoked Spiced Eggplant

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 [...]

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Smokey Eggplant Mousse

One of the truly most decadent dishes I have ever tasted in Israel is the many versions of eggplant mousse. A longtime fan of baba ganoush, I was skeptical a few years ago when I tried my first version of this classic Middle Eastern staple in a mousse form. I am not the biggest fan of French technique cooking; I find the raw grittiness of food in a more pure form typically attracts me greater than dishes that are over concocted. But even so, I am willing to try anything (except liver), and so I did. To my amazement, I fell in love with eggplant made into a mousse. There is something so luxurious about the texture and taste. There are several different version of the dish of course and I typically and happy with most, some more lemony, others more cuminy, while my favorites tend to be smoky and herbaceous tasting with lots of sumac and paparika. I guess the point to all of this is don’t underestimate the mousse and certainlyy let’s keep eating baba ganoush, but don’t overlook a smokey eggplant mousse if you come across one and this recipe is my best recollection of the best I have had, combined with hot grilled flat bread you can sit in complete luxury even all alone, and indulge in this one of a kind dish.

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Spicy Black Bean Sweet Corn Tomato Salad

This salad is so delicious and quick to prepare, healthy as all heck, and CHEAP CHEAP to make! I eat it often when I am short on time. I used to sprinkle cotija cheese over the top, but since I am on my new, almost-vegan diet I have eliminated it and have not for a second had any complaints!

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Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

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

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Spicy Pumpkin and Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese (Brown Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 cup brown lentils
3 cups (about one 2-pound whole pumpkin) sugar pumpkin or butternut squash
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 cups baby arugula
1 cup soft goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
DIRECTIONS
Place lentils in small bowl. Cover with cold water [...]

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Stir Fried Cauliflower with Potato & Crunchy Bengali Spice

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
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 fresh hot [...]

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Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 white onion, chopped fine
2 zucchinis, chopped fine
1 portabella mushroom, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, soft or hard, for serving
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil and avocado [...]

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Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 medium sweet potatoes
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon Maldon salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F
Partially bake the sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool and peel.
Cut potatoes into thin wedges or to desired size. In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the potatoes with the cumin and chives. Bake in the [...]

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Tandoori Herb Barbecue Sauce

Tandoori is basically marinated meat grilled over an open fire, in a tandoori grill or in a clay covered pot with an intensely hot and smoky fire to cook the meats.

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Tarka Daal

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound chana dal (dried yellow split peas), rinsed until the water runs clear
2 pints water
4 tablespoons clarified butter
2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 to 4 whole green chilies, pricked with a knife
1 small (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
3 vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon ground [...]

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Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the Rub
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons green chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
3 pounds pork butt, cubed in 1-inch pieces
For the Chili
Vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
3 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
Zest and juice of 2 [...]

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Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
15 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into small pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup olive oil (Spanish)
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 cup dry bread crumbs, rinsed in water
Flat leaf parsley, garnish
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take [...]

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Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or [...]

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Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
15 medium yellow tomatoes cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
15 shrimp, tail on and cleaned
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro pesto, [...]

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