Pumpkin, Potato, Spinach Madras Curry

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Canola oil (to coat bottom of the pan)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional for extra heat)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped large
5-6 fresh curry leaves (optional)
2 cups pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cubed in 2 inch cubes
6-8 baby potatoes, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 ounces Ger-Nis’ Madras Curry Mix (recipe follows)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped fine
2 cups rich ginger & onion broth (recipe follows) or vegetable broth
2 cups baby spinach
Steamed basmati rice
Yogurt for garnish

Directions

In a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed soup pan, heat canola oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, ginger and red chili for a few minutes. Add the onions and curry leaves and continue to sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to get slightly translucent. Add pumpkin and potatoes and sauté about 3 minutes or until a little browned. Sprinkle the curry mix over the top and season with the salt and pepper, stirring constantly as the mixture will begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the lemon juice and the tomatoes and cotinue to do the same. Turn heat to low or a simmer and add curry leaves and broth. Cook on a low simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Turn the heat off and add the spinach and cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Mix well and serve over basmati rice, and garnished with a dollop of yogurt.

Madras Curry Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

½ teaspoon coriander, ground
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds, ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground
1 teaspoon cloves, ground
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ground
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1 dried red chili, ground

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, making sure that the dried chili pepper is ground up well. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Sweet Ginger-Onion Broth

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

Red onion skins and pieces
Shallot skins and pieces
2 tablespoons ginger pieces, skins ok
¼ cup honey
Carrot pieces
Parsnip pieces or root vegetable
4½ cups water
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large soup pan over. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20-40 minutes. Strain, cool and set aside.

Slow Roasted Madras Leg of Lamb

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

Canola oil (to coat bottom of the pan)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional for extra heat)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped large
5-6 fresh curry leaves (optional)
1 4-5 pound leg of lamb trimmed, bone in
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 ounces Ger-Nis’ Madras Curry Mix (recipe follows)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped fine
2 cups rich ginger & onion broth (recipe follows) or vegetable broth
Steamed basmati rice
Yogurt for garnish

Directions

In a large Dutch oven, heat canola oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, ginger and red chili for a few minutes. Add the onions and curry leaves and continue to sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to get slightly translucent. Take out the onion mixture and set aside. Place a bit more oil in the pan and season the leg of lamb with salt, pepper and the curry mix, making sure it is evenly coated. Add the leg of lamb to the Dutch oven and brown on all sides. Remove leg of lamb from pan. Add back the onion mixture and mix well. Add the lemon juice and the tomato paste and mix well, scraping any of the stuck bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and continue to do the same. Turn heat to low or a simmer and add curry leaves and broth. Place the leg of lamb back in the pan and place in a preheated oven (450°F) covered for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350°F and stir and place back in the oven. Remove every fifteen minutes to stir and turn the leg over. Roast for a total of about 1½-2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Serve over basmati rice, and garnished with a dollop of yogurt.

Madras Curry Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

½ teaspoon coriander, ground
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds, ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground
1 teaspoon cloves, ground
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ground
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1 dried red chili, ground

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, making sure that the dried chili pepper is ground up well. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Sweet Ginger-Onion Broth

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

Red onion skins and pieces
Shallot skins and pieces
2 tablespoons ginger pieces, skins ok
¼ cup honey
Carrot pieces
Parsnip pieces or root vegetable
4½ cups water
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large soup pan over. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20-40 minutes. Strain, cool and set aside.

Spicy Beef Madras Curry Stew

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Canola oil (to coat bottom of the pan)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional for extra heat)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped large
5-6 fresh curry leaves (optional)
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1½ inch cubes
1.5 ounces Ger-Nis’ Madras Curry Mix (recipe follows)
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped fine
2 cups rich ginger & onion broth (recipe follows) or vegetable broth
Steamed basmati rice
Yogurt for garnish

Directions

In a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed soup pan, heat canola oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, ginger and red chili for a few minutes. Add the onions and curry leaves and continued to sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to get slightly translucent. Add the beef and sauté until all sides are browned. Sprinkle the curry mix over the top and season with the salt and pepper, stirring constantly as the mixture will begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the lemon juice and the tomato paste and mix well, scraping any of the stuck bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and continue to do the same. Turn heat to low or a simmer and add curry leaves and broth. Cook on a low simmer for about 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Serve over basmati rice, and garnished with a dollop of yogurt.

Madras Curry Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

½ teaspoon coriander, ground
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds, ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground
1 teaspoon cloves, ground
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ground
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1 dried red chili, ground

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, making sure that the dried chili pepper is ground up well. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Sweet Ginger-Onion Broth

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

Red onion skins and pieces
Shallot skins and pieces
2 tablespoons ginger pieces, skins ok
¼ cup honey
Carrot pieces
Parsnip pieces or root vegetable
4½ cups water
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large soup pan over. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20-40 minutes. Strain, cool and set aside.

Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Sweet Onion Broth

March 30th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

Red onion skins and pieces
Shallot skins and pieces
Carrot pieces
Parsnip pieces
4 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons salt
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a a large soup pan over. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, cool and set aside.

Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the soup

1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup sweet Madeira
4 cups of sweet onion broth (see recipe)
½ cup heavy cream
Black pepper

For the grape honey

1 cup frozen concord grapes or fresh black grapes, chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ tablespoons black pepper, freshly cracked

DIRECTIONS

For the sweet onion broth

In a large soup pan, add a bunch of red onions skins, shallot skins, carrot pieces, parsnip pieces, and 4½ cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, ½ cup honey, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, and set aside.

For the soup

In a large heavy bottom soup pan, over medium high heat, add butter and pumpkin oil. Cook shallots and onions, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add bouquet garni, bay leaves, and Madeira. Add the 4 cups of sweet onion broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove bouquet garni and bay leaves and blend with hand held immersion blender until smooth.

For the grape honey

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes. Take off heat. Cool. Place in blender, and blend until smooth. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

To serve soup, place in bowl, and swirl in grape honey.

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