Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oil. Sauté onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers and jalapeño and cook, about 3-4 minutes more. Add the portabellas and cook another few minutes (3-4). Add lime juice, zest, cumin and season with salt. Serve with tortillas. Garnish with cheese and avocado.

Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 minute. This makes the oil very aromatic. Remove pan from heat and cool. Peel and seed cucumbers cut into small dice. Stir cooled mustard seeds into yogurt and whisk yogurt. Stir mint, cumin, salt and green chilies. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the mixture is chilled.

Khichdi

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 medium onion, small dice
½ cup of green Indian peas or frozen green peas
4 cups of water
Salt to taste

Directions

Wash and soak the split yellow gram and rice together for 15 minutes. Drain till water is clear. Heat the water until it is boiling and keep aside. On medium heat, add ghee in a large heavy pot (cast iron will work) until the hot. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafetida, turmeric, ginger, peppercorns and cloves. Stir for a minute or till fragrant. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Add potatoes and onion with salt. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the split yellow gram and rice, mix well. Add peas at the very end. Add the hot water to this and bring to a boil. Cover and keep on low heat for 25 minutes or till the mixture is slightly mushy. Taste to make sure dal is cooked all the way.

Khichdi is traditionally cooked in a pressure cooker which is much faster. If you happen to have one, in the last step after adding all the ingredients, cover and bring to maximum pressure on high heat. Pressure cook on high heat for 4 whistles. Put off the flame and set aside till all the steam escapes.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Tarka Daal

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 turmeric
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Kosher salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

Put the lentils and water into a pan, stir well and bring to the boil. Skim off any froth that forms on the surface of the water with a spoon. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until the lentils are just tender, adding more water as necessary.

When the lentils have cooked through, remove the pan from the heat, and use a whisk to break down the lentils. Set the mixture aside to thicken and cool.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, and fry for 20 to 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion, chiles, and ginger, and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Blend the garlic and tomatoes to a puree in a food processor. Add the puree to the pan, and stir well to combine. Add the turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and 3 1/2 ounces of water to the pan, and stir well to combine. Season the mixture with salt, to taste, and simmer over a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the oil from the sauce has risen to the surface of the sauce.

Add the cooked lentils to the sauce, and stir well, adding more water as necessary, to loosen the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, and season, to taste, with salt before serving. Stir in the chopped cilantro just before serving. If this dish is not sour enough for you, add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you are a garlic lover, you can add another 2 cloves of garlic.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Mattar Paneer

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (dried fenugreek leaves, found at specialty Indian shops)
1/4 cup water (or as needed)
1 ½ cups of frozen peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Directions

Heat oil and fry paneer cubes till they turn golden brown. Set aside. In a separate pot, heat ghee, cumin seeds, until they are aromatic, turn a slight brown color and sputter. Add chopped onions, ginger, chilies and garlic and cook until onions soften.Add tomato puree, salt, sugar, and cook till the tomatoes soften till fat separates. Then add garam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder coriander powder, cumin powder, and kasoori methi. Cook for another few minutes to release spice flavors. Add the water and stir it in, using your discretion depending on how dry the dish is. If you added too much water, just let it simmer away until much of it evaporates – you want your tomatoes soft anyway. Add the peas. Cook just until the peas are tender. Pour in the cream, mix, and add the paneer and let simmer on medium heat for the paneer to absorb the flavors.

*Recipes Property of Palak Patel

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oven for about 20 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with Maldon salt.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Have large bowl and sieve set over a small heatproof bowl.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers and fry the following ingredients one by one. As they’ve fried use slotted spoon and transfer to large bowl and hold.

-Fry peanuts and almonds together until golden
-Fry the Pecans until lightly colored
-Fry each chili on both sides, turning with tongs just until the flesh has turned a lighter color
-Fry the onion and garlic together until light brown

Mix together 1½ Tablespoon of reserved chili seeds, sesame seeds, canela, aniseed, and coriander and fry them until lightly toasted. Stir in the oregano, cloves, and cumin, then transfer the mixture including the oil to large bowl of fried ingredients.

Using tongs, hold the tortilla directly over the burner (set to medium) turning till brown on both sides. Crumble into fried ingredients.

Working in 2 batches, transfer HALF fried ingredients mixture into a blender and pour in 2 cups of stock, blend until smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 Tablespoon of oil in pan over medium high heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce and stir. Bring to simmer and reduce heat to low.

Add blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and ¼ cup of the stock to blender and puree till smooth. Strain through medium sieve into sauce, discarding seeds.

Bring sauce to simmer and reduce, stirring frequently and adding more stock as necessary maintaining a velvety consistency that thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Season with sugar and salt to taste. Sauce should only taste slightly sweet.

Add the pork to the mole, cook for about 15-20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This mole keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days and freezer for a month.

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

4 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 cups water
1 medium white onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring water to a boil over high heat then reduce (low) to a simmer. Skim any foam from surface if necessary. Cook until pork is fork tender (about 2 hours). Remove pork and set aside.

Strain the stock into a wide bowl. Use the stock to make mole. You can refrigerate stock up to 2 days and freeze up to 3 months.

Mexican Spiced Walnut and Tomato Salsa with Collard Green Wrap

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 walnuts, grind them in the food processor.
Put the ground walnuts in a bowl, add cumin and coriander and mix well.
Add nama shoyu and mix well.
Spread approximately 13 cup of the walnut mixture along the center stem of each collard green leaf, add a layer of shredded lettuce and some salsa and roll.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered depending on size
¾ cup cilantro, chopped fine
½ cup yellow onions, diced small
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½-1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 a fine powder)
1 tablespoon of curry powder or paste
1 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper

For Jicama Rice

4 cups jicama, peeled and chopped
2 cups coconut meat
½ cup pistaciho
¾ cups almonds (ideally they should be soaked, and dehydrated)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or a little more
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
½ cup ground turmeric
Large knob of ginger, peeled and mince with a micro plan
1 handful cilantro leaves, minced
3 jalapeños, seeded and minced
½ small yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 handful golden raisins
Sea salt
Black pepper

Directions

Place the jicama in a food processor and pulse until the pieces resemble grains of rice.
Place the jicama in a fine sieve and squeeze out the excess water.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Take the coconut meat place in the food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice.
Transfer to the mixing bowl with the jicama.
Take the pistachios and almonds, put in the food processor and pulse until ground into crumbs.
Add to the jicama and coconut bowl and mix together.
In a high speed blender, combine the olive oil, coriander, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger. Blend until thoroughly combined.
Pour the oil/spices over the jicama/coconut and the nuts.
Add all the remaining ingredients. With a large spoon mix well seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in a small bowl with the coconut curry sauce on top.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 that we see in shakshuka, which is originally and Israeli version of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce!

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 green or red chilies (as spicy as you want your dish to be, use mild chilies for no heat)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Warm pita or bread for serving

Directions

In a large sauté pan with raised edges at least 3 inches, heat olive oil about 4 tablespoons on a moderate high heat. Add chilies, onions, garlic, and sauté until onions are beginning to caramelize and char or about 5-7 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour in the canned tomatoes and break apart with your hands as you add them in. Stir well and cook down about 10 minutes or until all mixture is juicy and tomato saucy. Turn burner to a moderately low heat and make sure the tomato sauce is even throughout the pan. Crack the eggs one by one, making sure not to disturb the yoke, and making sure the eggs are all over the pan. Poach the eggs, basting them with tomato sauce from the pan using a spoon. The eggs should be done in about 4 minutes, if you would like the yolks more done, place more tomato mixture atop the yolks (carefully) and cook for about 6 minutes.) Remove from heat and sprinkle with the feta and the herbs! Serve with warm pita or bread.

Panamanian Sancocho

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup zucchini or pumpkin, chopped, medium
1 large plantains, sliced in 1 inch sliced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock, or water
1 -2 ears of fresh corn on the cob, sliced in 2-inch sections
Cotija cheese

Directions

Season all the chicken parts with salt and pepper. In a large soup pan heat oil to a high heat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Sauté garlic, onions and jalapeno until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the yucca, red pepper and carrot and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, the fresh herbs and the cumin and mix well. Add the squash, the plaintains, the lime juice and zest, the hot sauce and the chicken stock or water and add chicken. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the corn pieces and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve garnishes with cotija cheese. Serve over Arroz con Coco.

Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 chopped fine)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

Directions

Mix the salt with the yucca and set aside. In a large sauté pan heat a small amount of vegetable oil (about 3-4 tablespoons) on high heat. Add the garlic onions , jalapeño pepper and green pepper and sauté for a few minutes, or until onions are semi translucent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until ground beef is fully browned or about 3-4 more minutes. Add fresh herbs. Add the tomatoes or tomato paste and all the spices and hot sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until all liquid is cooked out of the beef mixture. Cool beef mixture. Form yucca mash into about 3 inch long circular shapes in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of the beef minute in the middle and form the yucca mash around the beef mixture in the shape of an oval. Make sure there is a tight seal and all beef is in the inside of the yucca mash. Set aside. After all yucca mash patties are made, heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan until hot, Place yucca patties in the hot frying pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes each or until golden brown. When browned place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Serve with Panamanian Salsa Chombo.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

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!

Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For the filling

1 pound pork butt cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh corn, chopped fine
½ cup long grain rice, cooked al dente
3 potatoes, 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
Salt
Pepper
Banana leaf squares

Directions

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest, and 2 cups of the reserved pork liquid. Mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until fully incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the filling & assembly

In a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the rice is well combined. In the center of each banana, place about 4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of the banana leaf. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat and vegetable mixture. Fold over the banana leaf like you are folding a present. Tie the wrapped package with banana leaf ties or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips from making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

Smashed Beans

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 smasher or other smashing tools. Add the cilantro leaves, cumin and salt and cook for about 2 minutes longer.

Rock Shrimp Tacos

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 amount of oil, and sauté shrimp until cooked through, or about 3 minutes. Add liquid, and reduce. To warm tortillas, heat directly over gas stove flipping each few seconds or heat on a flat cast iron pan. Serve tacos with cherry tomatoes and avocadoes, and season with maldon salt. Garnish with radish salad.

Picado de Rabano (Radish Salad)

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch (about 12) radishes, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
Salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small mixing bowl, combine radishes, cilantro and lime juice; mix well, and season with a generous amount of salt (preferably a flake salt like maldon). Allow to sit about 5 minutes before serving.

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).

Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 cups pork stock, reserved from poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Corn husk wrappers
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

For the red chili pork

Place water, tomatoes, chile, onions, garlic, spices, pork butt, salt and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until pork is falling apart and soft. Take off heat and cool. Discard the bay leaf. Shred the pork by pulling apart the fibers using a fork or your fingers. Place shredded meat into a medium sized bowl and add fresh herbs and combine. Set aside.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine masa harina and lime zest with 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid from pork and mix well. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a kitchen aid mixer or with an electric hand held mixer, mix the lard until fluffy, about five minutes. Add the lard to the masa harina mixture, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling, water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. In the corn husk, place about ½ cup of the masa mixture topped with shredded pork and herb mixture. Fold over the corn husk like you are folding a present and tie the package with a corn husk tie or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips and tamales from getting soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 30-45 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with hot sauce.

Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicy Mint Yogurt

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 fat and the garlic and onion in a large bowl very well, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Add the spices and herbs before putting through the grinder and mix well. Using the finest blade for the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions. After the meat is ground add the red wine vinegar and the oil and mix thoroughly. Preheat broiler to high. In a large mixing bowl, using your hands combine the garlic, red onion and lamb until the mixture is evenly distributed with red onions and garlic. Add red wine vinegar, olive oil, spices and herbs and mix until incorporated. Make 12 three-inch long kabob shapes patties (think “corn dog” shape). Stick a skewer through the center of the kabob and grill or broil until desired consistency, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Garlicky Mint Yogurt

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ of a red onion, grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving.

Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. In a large mixing bowl, using your hands combine the garlic, red onion and lamb until the mixture is evenly distributed with red onions and garlic. Add red wine vinegar, oil, spices and herbs and mix until incorporated. Make 12 three-inch long kabob shaped patties (think “corn dog” shape). Stick a skewer through the center of the kabob and grill or broil until desired consistency, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Garlicky Mint Yogurt

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt
Pepper

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving.

Mustard Mint Pesto

Makes about 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup almonds, toasted
1 cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Directions

In a blender add the garlic and almonds and pulse until chopped fine. Add the mint and cilantro leaves and the Dijon mustard and blend until the ingredients are pureed. With the blender running slowly add the oil until the pesto is smooth. Let stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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, cumin seeds, lime juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Patatas Bravas

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

For the potatoes

4 large Russet potatoes
Salt, to taste

For the salsa brava

â…“ 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 put a knife in them, and they are still slightly firm. Set the potatoes aside, so they can cool.

In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the salsa brava, adding white vinegar and cayenne pepper until the sauce tastes tangy and spicy. Set the sauce aside.

Drain, peel and cut the potatoes into 3 cm (1 inch) cubes. In a deep sauté pan over medium heat add oil. Deep-fry potatoes in batches. Remove the potatoes from the oil and pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Put the potatoes on a serving plate, sprinkle them with salt and drizzle them with the bravas sauce. Some prefer to serve the sauce on the side, but traditionally the sauce is drizzled over top.

Tomate Frito

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped small 1 clove garlic
1 pound very ripe tomatoes (plum or other variety), chopped
Salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ tablespoon sherry vinegar

Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and increase heat to medium high and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until tomatoes start to break down and release their juices. Season with salt and sugar and cook 5 minutes more. Finish with sherry vinegar.

Roasted Red Pepper Cilantro Cumin Seed Hummus

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Culinary class 041

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
â…“ cup tahini
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
â…“ 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, chopped

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, add chick peas, garlic, tahini, salt, ground cumin, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest and puree until smooth. Add red bell pepper and blend until smooth. Next, add cumin seeds and cilantro. Mix in processor for 5-10 seconds until just blended.

Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 until the onions start to get translucent. Add the cumin and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat, and cool for a few minutes.
Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth.
Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime cream, and serve.

Cilantro-Lime Cream

Makes a ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 zucchini, peppers and jalapeño and cook, 7 minutes more. Add lime juice, zest, cumin and season with salt. Serve with tortillas.

Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 broth)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chilies, onions, and poblanos until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cilantro, garlic, spices, salt and water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and process in blender.

Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)

February 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 soft. Take off burner, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender, and add cilantro, half-and-half, and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 mix well. Rub all over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. In a medium heavy bottom skillet heat canola oil and brown chicken breasts on each side until brown. Remove from pan and set aside, add onions and poblanos and cook until tender.
Add lime juice, chipotles, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Stir well. Place chicken breasts back in pan with sauce and cook for about 15 minutes on a gentle boil or until tender. Take out chicken and shred with a fork. Place meat back in pan.

Serve on flour or corn tortillas garnished with pickled onions and avocadoes.

Spicy Black Bean Sweet Corn Tomato Salad

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

002 (2)

Serves 4

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!

Ingredients

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 basket cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine (for spicier or lazier version leave seeds)
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted (lazier version can add them untoasted)
Juice of 2 limes
8 corn tortillas, cooked over a gas stove
2 teaspoons Maldon finishing salt, check for taste

Directions

Mix all ingredients except tortillas and salt in a medium mixing bowl, stir well. Add salt to taste, and let stand about 5 minutes to absorb. Serve with warm tortillas.

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

Corn Curry

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

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

Mango-Sage BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 Party Size Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

For the dry rub

1 teaspoon dried chipotle flakes
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon lime zest, grated finely
2 tablespoons coarse salt

For the mango bbq pork

4-5 pounds pork butt, cut into a few large pieces
½ cup mango purée
2 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

In a small mixing bowl, mix all of the spices. Rub mixture all over pork butt pieces, and set aside. In the meantime, mix all remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth. These blended ingredients will function as your BBQ sauce.

In a hot and lightly greased cast iron pan over high heat, sear the pork butt pieces on each side until a brown sear is present. Place pork butt pieces and BBQ sauce in a crock pot on low, about 3 to 4 hours. Pull meat apart, and mix with sauce. Serve on party size buns.

Chive-Cumin Dusted Sweet Potato Fries

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12-15

INGREDIENTS

4-5 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 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 oven for about 20 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with Maldon slat.

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

January 2nd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 and soak 10 minutes; drain.
Cook lentils in boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 30 minutes. Drain lentils. Rinse under cold water, then drain.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pumpkin in large bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, paprika, and sea salt. Arrange pumpkin in single layer on baking sheet; roast 20 minutes. Turn pumpkin over. Roast until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool.
Combine lentils, pumpkin, and oil from baking sheet with arugula, half of goat cheese, mint, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with remainder of crumbled goat cheese on individual servings.

Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 canned)
1 cup cilantro leaves
8 large whole wheat flour tortillas
1 to 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions and peppers, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, spices, and rice, cook 3 minutes. Next, add water and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add beans, cook, allowing the mixture to remain moist. Remove from heat, and add cilantro leaves. To assemble burritos, place tortilla flat on cutting board or flat surface and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable bean mixture. Top with cheese. Wrap in a burrito style and place on a baking sheet. Continue until finished with tortillas. Bake burritos for about 10-15 minutes or until warm and cheese has melted.

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

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 soft. Take off burner, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender, and add cilantro, half-and-half, and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
4-6 medium dried red chilies, seeded, and chopped (stems included)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon smoky chili powder
3 teaspoons salt
2 cups water (or chicken broth)

PREPARATION

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chilies, onions, and poblanos until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cilantro, garlic, spices, salt and water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and process in blender.

Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh crab meat
3 ears of fresh corn, taken off the cobs
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
6 medium flour tortillas
1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions, bell peppers, and lime zest until onions are translucent. Add shrimp and crab, sauté for another 3 minutes. Add corn, and sauté another 4 minutes or until all shrimp and crab is cooked through. Add herbs, lime juice, and cumin. Stir well. Take off burner. To assemble enchiladas, place a spoon full of mixture in a tortilla and a small sprinkle of cheese in each one. Wrap and lay folded side down in a greased, rectangular glass baking dish. After all enchiladas are assembled, pour salsa vede over all enchiladas evenly. Sprinkle the top with remaining cotija cheese. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown on top.

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crème Fraiche

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 other white flaky fish)
2 tablespoons fresh tomato salsa
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
12 corn tortillas

PREPARATION

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until blended and creamy. Set aside.

In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add oil and cook onion and jalapeño, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add fish and cook until almost done, 5 to 7 minutes. Then add salsa, cumin, lime juice; season with salt and cook until all liquid is gone and fish is cooked through.

Meanwhile, warm tortillas on gas burner (or in oven). Serve tacos with fish and sauce drizzled over.

Pico de Gallo

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Add salt to taste.

Herbed Garlic Pita Toasts with Minty Cucumber and Yogurt

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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, chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet, place pita triangles, drizzle with olive oil, cumin, and herbs. Season with salt, and mix well to coat pita. Place in oven, and back until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, add strained cucumber, yogurt, garlic, coriander, and mint. Season with salt, and mix well. Serve with warm pita chips.

Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken broth
4 small fresh corn totillas, sliced in thin strips
Avocado, for garnish
Cotija cheese, for garnish

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2-inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper, and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños, and spices. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken brtoh, and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes over low heat, until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat, and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese.

Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

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

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

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

For Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice of half of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

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

Combine all ingredients for cumin tomato sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

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.

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

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

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

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

6 sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
½ cup raisins
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Curry Mint Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of half of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, raisins, eggs, flour, cumin, curry powder, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet to high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 to 3-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.

Combine all ingredients for curry mint sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and combine until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 limes
1 cup pinto beans, cooked
1 cup white kidney beans, cooked
1 cup black beans, cooked
1 cup water
Salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Cheddar or Cotija cheese, to garnish

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, mix spices for the rub, and rub all over the meat. Let sit for about 10 minutes while meat soaks up flavor. In a heavy bottom soup pan, add oil, and place over medium-high heat. Add the onions and jalapeño, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the seasoned meat, and sauté until meat is browned on all sides. Next, add the tomatillos, poblanos, cumin, cumin seeds, lime zest and juice, beans, and water. Mix well, and bring to a boil. Once boil is reached, turn to low, and let simmer for about 20 minutes and season with salt. Take off heat, add cilantro leaves and let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with cheese!

Moroccan Chicken Curry Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

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

INGREDIENTS

1-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 1 inch pieces
Salt/white pepper
2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped
½ cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
Butter
1 package frozen puff pastry

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook garlic and onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken, and sauté until cooked through. Season with salt and white pepper. Add the apples, raisins, and spices, and sauté, stirring well mixing in all the spices. Add the flour, and mix thoroughly making sure the flour dissolves into the mixture. Finally, add the chicken broth, mix well and turn butner to low and allow to simmer, 15 to 20 minutes. Take off burner, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Lightly greased ramekins (8-10 ounce size) with butter. Pour the chicken mixture into the ramekin until ¾ full. Cover with a square of puff pastry just larger than the ramekin, pushing down slightly so it adheres to the ramekin. Cut some slits into the top of the puff pastry and sprinkle with a little cinnamon in top.
Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and place in oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Green Chili Gravy

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

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 sauce pan and boil, about 15 to 20 minutes or until tomatillos are soft. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender and add roasted peppers, cilantro, cream, lime juice and zest and blend until smooth.

Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

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.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh cranberries
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup tequila
1 cup water
1 medium jalapeño, roasted, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Place first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat, and add jalapeño and cilantro, and combine.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 sheet. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds and cut each half into half-inch slices. Lay them on the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes or until soft.
When cool enough to work with use a paring knife or your hands to peel the skin off each slice and chop the squash and put it in a bowl.
In a medium sauté pan, cook the onions, garlic and jalapeño in the oil until tanslucent. Add the pepper strips and cook for a couple minutes more. Add the squash and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the squash is tender and the flavors have melded. Season with salt and pepper, add cilantro and take off heat.
Spread a few tablespoons of the cooked squash mixture onto one 10-inch flour tortilla. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of the cheese. Place another tortilla on top and sprinkle with more cheese and place in a hot pan with oil, and fry until crispy. Cut the finished quesadilla into 6 triangles. East while warm.

Tortilla Salsa

INGREDIENTS

10 tomatillos, husked and well washed, quartered
½ bunch of scallions, roots and green ends trimmed, cut into big segments
5 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños, roughly chopped
Pinch of cumin
¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together until very smooth in a blender. Season with salt.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 generously with salt, place skin side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and cool and scoop out center, leaving a little on the bottom as the shell becomes a boat or vessel for your mixture. Chop the eggplant super fine and place in a large bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and place in shells and bake for about 30 minutes or until super soft. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

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)

Smokey Eggplant Mousse

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants
1 bulb of garlic, to use 4 cloves
Olive oil
Sea salt
1 teaspoon sumac
½ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoky Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of one lemon, grated super fine
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

PREPARATION

Prepare a Charcoal grill or pre heat a gas grill (charcoal grill gives a much smokier flavor). Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and sumac. Place eggplant side down first and grill for a few minutes turning once until eggplant is tender. Place garlic right on grill to cook until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out inside of eggplant and place in a blender. Place 4-5 cloves of garlic in the blender as well (remove skins first). Pour in olive oil and blend until light and fluffy or mousse consistency. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in spices and herbs.

Purple Majesty Potato Latkes with Tomato Cumin Sour Cream

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 to high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-3 inch pancakes, drop into pan and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, usually about 2-3 minutes on each side. Take off heat and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

CUMIN TOMATO SOUR CREAM

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin

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

Meatballs with Pomegranate Sauce

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 to 450ËšFand line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and form into small meatballs. Place meatballs on baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes or until meat is fully cooked. Serve immediately with pomegranate sauce.

Pomegranate Sauce

INGREDIENTS

¾ cups pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup honey
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Pinot Noir wine
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

PREPARATION

In a small saucepot over medium heat, combine all ingredients and reduce by half. Sauce should be thick, but still pourable.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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, recipe below
¼ cup white wine vinegar
Avocado, for garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients except shrimp, cilantro pesto and avocado in a large mixing bowl. Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in a food processor or blender, pulsing until semi-smooth. Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Grill shrimp, brushing occasionally with cilantro pesto. Serve in martini glasses with 2 grilled shrimp and avocado for garnish.

Cilantro Pesto

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch fresh cilantro (approx. 1½ cups)
Juice of 4 limes
3-4 cloves fresh garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon cumin
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped and seeded (optional)
½ cup walnut oil or olive oil
Salt, to taste

PREPARATION

In a blender, or with a handheld food processor, combine all ingredients with salt and blend until smooth.

Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth. Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

Cilantro Pesto

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 a little salt and blend until smooth.

Cilantro Lime Mango Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cumin
Fresh cilantro leaves, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth. Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with cilantro.

Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Cilantro Lime Mango Gazpacho

Peruvian Herbed Blue Potato Latkes with Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

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

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
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 to high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-3 inch pancakes, drop into pan and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, usually about 2-3 minutes on each side. Take off heat and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice of ½ of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Tandoori Herb Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Traditionally an Indian dish and always made with a yogurt base, the tandoori style of cooking has spread throughout the world and is common in the Middle East except that the tandoori clay grill is not used; the marinated meat is simple put over hot, hot coals. Tandoori barbecue sauce is an amazing way to keep the meats moist because yogurt is an exceptional tenderizer due to the acids it contains. In this recipe we lean toward the Indian version of flavor but it is designed to put on any grill. Used as a marinade and mopping sauce, this recipe is excellent on chicken thighs, lamb and fish.

Makes 2 cups of sauce and takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 cayenne chili pepper, sliced thin (without seeds for milder sauce)
1 cup plain yogurt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until a smooth, even liquid sauce is formed. Marinate meats or fish and grill using. Then, use as a mopping sauce throughout the entire cooking process.

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