“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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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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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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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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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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Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Serves 8
Ingredients
1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined [...]

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Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

Makes 20 tacos
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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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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Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For the paneer
1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the green sauce
1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola
3 whole dried red chiles
¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
7 green cardamom pods
7 whole cloves
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh [...]

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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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Massaman Thai Curry Paste / Gaeng Massaman

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

5 small fresh red chilies
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 [...]

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Mezcal, Cilantro Dried Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings

Smoky mezcal and dried cherries give these wings a unique flavor, and the sweet and smoky flavors perfectly complement ice cold beer!

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Not-so-dull Dal

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 dried red chiles
Pinch asafetida (optional)
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1½ cups washed masoor dal or yellow split peas (channa dal)
6 cups water
Juice of ½ lemon
DIRECTIONS
Heat the [...]

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Parathas Stuffed with Potato, Chiles, and Cilantro

Makes about 12 Parathas
INGREDIENTS
1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
Salt
1 to 1¼ cups water
1½ pounds boiling potaotes, boiled in their skins until tender (25 to 30 minutes) and cooked
½ cup very finely chopped red onion
1 fresh hot green chile, very finely chopped
1½ tablespoons very finely chopped [...]

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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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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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Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

Serves 6 to 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups basmati rice
4½ cups cold water
2 medium red onions
¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 green cardamom pods
A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Combine [...]

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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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Samosas, Puff Pastry, with green peas

Makes 9 turnovers
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 (9-to-10-ounce) package frozen petite peas
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Green Chutney, or store-bought (sold as cilantro or mint chutney)
1 tablespoon Tamarind Chutney, or store bought
1 pound frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt, for glaze
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Combine the oil and cumin [...]

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Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

Makes 15 tostadas
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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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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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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Stir Fried Carrots with Cumin and Lime

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds (optional)
A 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into a fine julienne
½ fresh hot green chile, minced
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of [...]

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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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Sweet & Spicy Herbal Slaw

Makes 4-5 cups of Slaw, serving 12-15 people
INGREDIENTS
1 medium to large head of red cabbage, shredded and center discarded
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, deseeded, pith remove, and chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Tamarind Chutney

Makes about 1¼ cups
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
2 cups water
1¼ cups sugar
3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate
DIRECTIONS
Heat the oil and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until the spices are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1 [...]

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Tamarind Rice

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
½ cup warm water
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional)
6 dried red chiles (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon turmeric
1 large red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Sambhaar, or 1 [...]

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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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Thai Green Curry Paste / Gaeng Keow Wan

Makes 1 cup curry paste
Ingredients
5-10 small fresh green chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
3 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon [...]

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Thai Red Curry Paste / Gaeng Phet

Makes 1 cup curry paste
Ingredients
5-10 small fresh red chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons white peppercorn, [...]

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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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Warm Lentil Salad with Coconut and Tomato

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2½ tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon yellow split peas
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole dried red chiles
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 fresh hot green chile, cut corsswise into thin slices
1 red onion, sliced
1½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut [...]

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