Sweet & Spicy Harissa with Yogurt

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

8 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
5 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
1 dried chili de arbol
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
4 garlic cloves

¼ cup brown sugar
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions

Place the dried chilies in a medium bowl and cover with the boiling water, let stand for about 15 minutes, allowing the chilies to soften. Grind the toasted seeds until a powder is formed. Transfer the softened chilies, the spices, the garlic, the red pepper, the lemon zest and juice, the salt and the olive oil into a food processor and process until smooth. At this stage add the fresh mint leaves and process until all the mint is chopped and incorporated. Season with salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Before serving if desired mix ½ cup with 1 cup of yogurt!

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt and Pomegranates

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, chopped super fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Pita Bread
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds

For the Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use hands to mix well, making sure all ingredients and spiced are all combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled over medium-high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to make sure they are browned on all sides.
To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor, and blend until smooth.
Serve meatballs in pita with yogurt and garnished with pomegranate seeds.

Buckwheat Crepes with Greek Yogurt and Fresh Fruit

October 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 crepes

Buckwheat adds a delicious sour note to crepes and breads. As a crop, buckwheat gives a boost to the environment because it suppresses weed growth and provides nectar for honeybees. It requires little to no chemical fertilization and actually adds nutrients to the depleted soil on which it’s grown. I like to fold these crepes in half, but they can also be filled and rolled like sushi.

Ingredients

¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour
13 cup white flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 large eggs
2 cups fresh berries
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup Greek yogurt
½ cup coarsely ground walnuts

Directions

To make the batter, mix the flours and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, and 1½ cups water. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until the batter just comes together. Cover the batter and let it rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, drop ¼ cup of the batter into the skillet, immediately titling and rotating the pan to spread the batter evenly. Cook the crepe for roughly 1 minute, until it is set on the bottom, then gently loosen the edges with a heatproof spatula and flip. Cook on the second side for 30 seconds, or until firm. Slide the crepe onto a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

In a medium-sized bowl, toss the berries with the honey. Lay a crepe on a flat surface and place ¼ cup of the berries on one side of the crepe. Fold in half. Repeat with the remaining crepes. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of walnuts.

Copyright 2011 © by Louisa Shafia. All rights reserved.

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.

Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 25 small cakes

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Ingredients

4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

For tomato salad

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped medium
Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful of fresh basil, chopped fine

For Greek yogurt dip

1 cup Greek yogurt
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

Directions

Coarsely grate the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or mandolin slicer. Transfer to a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water.

Put the chopped scallions in a bowl and crumble in the feta. Add the dill and flour and season well with salt and pepper. Gradually add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly before adding in the drained zucchini.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and drop heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan (an ice cream scoop works well here), flattening them with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden, then transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve with dollop of Greek or natural yogurt, either hot from the pan or at room temperature.

For tomato salad

Place chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the chopped basil and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for at least 1 hour.

For yogurt dip

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Chill until ready to serve.

White Gazpacho

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and also add more oil and vinegar to desired taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-8 cakes

Ingredients

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, making sure to break up eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry along with grated ginger and stir. (Place all ingredients in a large measuring cup for easy pour). Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve with ginger maple syrup.

Almond Recovery Smoothie

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Yogurt Pops

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup cream
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup honey

Directions

Blend up all the ingredients and pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. If you do not have popsicle molds pour into wax paper cups and freeze for about 1 hour. After the hour, place popsicle sticks into the middle of the cups and continue to freeze for 6 hours.

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!

Lentil Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

For the salad

6 cups water
113 cups French lentils, sorted
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
1 stalk celery, finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
½ medium yellow bell pepper, finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

For the dressing

1 cup yogurt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon freshly milled black pepper, or to taste

Directions

To prepare the salad, in a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook at a boil for 10 minutes. Add the salt and boil for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until the lentils are cooked through but are still firm enough to hold their shape. Drain them in a sieve and rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain thoroughly and pour into a serving bowl.

Add the chopped vegetables and herbs and stir to combine.

In a bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Let the salad to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Adapted from The Modern Vegetarian Table by Peter Berley

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

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.

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

Mango Lassi

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 cups plain yogurt
Juice of ½ lemon
1 cup canned mango pulp (preferably Ratna Alfonso brand)
½ cup cold water
20 ice cubes
¼ cup sugar, or to taste

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process until the yogurt is frothy and the ice is is crushed into small pieces. Taste for sugar. Serve in tall glasses.

© 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

Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

A 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces and skinned
3 medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
¾ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt
1½ medium onions, roughly diced
5 garlic cloves
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half crosswise
3 tablespoons canola oil
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 fresh hot green chile, cut in half
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
1 cup water
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine the chicken, potatoes, ½ teaspoon of the turmeric, ¼ teaspoon of the cayenne, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl and stir to coat the chicken and potato with the spices. Let stand while you make the sauce.

Finely mince the onions, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and set aside.

Combine 2 tablespoons of the oil, the cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, red chiles, coriander, and cumin in a large casserole over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced onion mixture, the green chile, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the vegetables brown around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon and green chile, and stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon turmeric and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth; set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and potatoes and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the yogurt 1 tablespoon at a time and stir well after each addition. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes, to evaporate some of the moisture.

Add the pureed tomato, mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in the water. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer partially covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir every 5 to 8 minutes and scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the sauce from sticking. Then uncover and cook 5 more minutes to reduce and thicken. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice. Taste for salt and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For cake batter

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs

For mint honey cream

1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray or softened butter. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, and yogurt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated, repeat with remaining eggs; add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of lemon yogurt mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition (about 5 seconds). Repeat using half of remaining flour mixture; mix until batter is thorougly combined. Add cake batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.

For mint honey cream

In a large metal bowl, add cold heavy cream and whisk until soft peaks. Add honey and continue whisking until medium to stiff peaks form. Fold in mint and serve alongside lemon cake.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

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.

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, chopped super fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

For the Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use hands to mix well, making sure all ingredients and spices are all combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled over medium-high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to makes sure they are browned on all sides.

To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor, and blend until smooth.

Serve meatballs with yogurt sauce, in pita sandwiches, or over Middle Eastern vegetables and couscous.

Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Cool, healthy, and refreshing, these carrot latkes are incredibly fresh and zesty!

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

10 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For the Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemongrass, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 small Thai chili, seeded and chopped superfine
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, flour, baking powder, cilantro, green onions, ginger, 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, 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 lemongrass chili mint yogurt in a small mixing bowl, and combine until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Grape Leaves

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

INGREDIENTS

2 (1 lb) jars grape leaves or pack of 12
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups cooked basmati rice
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
sautéed with onions and garlic
cooled Salt and pepper, to taste
5 scallions, roughly chopped
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450ËšF. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch grape leaves for 1-2 minutes to remove vinegar solution. Remove and once cooled, trim stems. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, carrots, scallions and feta and season with salt and pepper. Place single grape leaf on cutting board and add a small amount of the rice mixture in the middle, fold in on both sides and roll away from you to form a small cylinder. Repeat until finished. Place grape leaves on sheet trays with a small amount of water (to prevent sticking) for 2-3 minutes, or until warm. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain low fat yogurt
¼ cup celery, grated
1 teaspoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups chopped English cucumber, seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Grape Leaves

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

005 (2)

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

Directions

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

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

Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy, and Yogurt

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup yogurt
Lemon juice, to taste
Olive oil
2 cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
½ cup mint leaves
2 large eggplant, diced and salted
2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
½ teaspoon chili flakes
5 cloves garlic, only 1 clove finely chopped
1 lb. lamb loin
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large sprig rosemary
Maldon sea salt, to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 475˚F. In mixing bowl whisk together yogurt, lemon juice (to taste) and olive oil. Fold in chopped cucumbers and mint. Set aside. Pat eggplant dry. Saute in olive oil until just cooked through. Place in mixing bowl with anchovy, chili flakes and chopped garlic. Set aside. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Roast lamb in oven with rosemary and 4 remaining cloves of garlic until cooked to an internal temperature of 135˚F. Remove from oven and let rest for fifteen to twenty minutes. Smear yogurt sauce on plate. Slice lamb and place on top. Spoon eggplant ‘relish’ on top of lamb and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy and Yogurt

Almond Recovery Smoothie

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

PREPARATION

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Almond Recovery Smoothie

Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes with Ginger Maple Syrup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-8 cakes

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, making sure to break up eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry along with grated ginger and stir. (Place all ingredients in a large measuring cup for easy pour). Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve with ginger maple syrup.

Ginger Maple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon grated ginger

PREPARATION

In small sauepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Lavendar Honey

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Adapted from www.Tastewiththeeyes.com
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin (one packet)
1 ½ cups non-fat kefir
1 ½ cups non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey, for garnish
4-5 tablespoon crushed lavender flowers

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3 T. cold water, stir and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.  In a separate large bowl, add yogurt and whisk.  Meanwhile, In a small heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat combine kefir, sugar and salt and warm through till sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat, add softened gelatin and vanilla, stir and let cool.  Gradually whisk the warm kefir mixture into the yogurt.  Pour mixture into 2 ounce ramekins and let come to room temperature before covering (to prevent a skin from forming).  Chill at least 6 hours.  To serve, invert panna cotta and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with lavender flowers

Zucchini Cakes

August 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 40 small cakes

INGREDIENTS

4 zucchini, grated
¾ cup bread crumbs
½ small onion, grated
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ bunch scallions, roughly chopped
1 cup canola oil
1½ tablespoons fresh dill, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and make into small patties. In a large sauté pan, heat canola oil and add zucchini cakes (be careful not to crowd pan) and cook till golden brown on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the cakes over and cook on the other side until done, about 2-3 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain of excess grease. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

For Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain low fat yogurt
¼ cup celery, grated
1 teaspoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups chopped English cucumber, seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Zucchini Cakes

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, minced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh coriander, chopped fine
1 teaspoon dried cumin
½ teaspoon dried cinnamon
½ teaspoon dried allspice
1 teaspoon dried paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use fingers to mix well making sure all ingredients and spices are all combined well. Form into 1 inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled on medium high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in a 375° oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to makes sure they are browned on all sides.

To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor and blend until smooth.

Serve meatballs with yogurt sauce, in pita sandwiches or over Middle Eastern vegetables and couscous.

Zucchini Mint Latkes with Minted Yogurt

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

INGREDIENTS

Minty, healthy and light, these latkes make a delightful snack or appetizer.
4 cups zucchini, washed and grated
2 medium potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
1 medium white onion, grated
3 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
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.

Minted Yogurt

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

PREPARATION

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

Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Cool, healthy and refreshing, these carrot latkes are incredibly fresh and zesty with flavor!

INGREDIENTS

6 cups carrots, shredded
1 cup all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
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.

Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced fine
1 teaspoon lemongrass, minced fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 small Thai chili, seeds removed and minced fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

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

Fresh Herb Yogurt Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup plain white yogurt
1 fresh red chili, chopped (optional for heat)

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is an excellent condiment on grilled meat sandwiches, chicken, steak, ground beef or lamb. Also excellent on grilled vegetables, zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Tashi

November 11th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Tashi is the Cyprus version of tahini with yogurt and a good amount of garlic. It is usually eaten with bread.

Makes 2½ cups

INGREDIENTS

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ cup sesame paste
Juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup plain Greek style yogurt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Salt to taste

PREPARATION

Mix together all ingredients until well blended. A food processor or handheld processor will do, but do not over blend.

Curry Cilantro Mint Yogurt Dressing

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 c Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes and zest of 1
1 tablespoon curry powder
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

In a medium mixing bowl blend all ingredients together with a whisk.

Serve over Cauliflower salad, use for curry chicken salad or with a fresh pea salad.

Santorini Chicken Soulvaki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breast, cut into thick 2 inch pieces
juice and zest of 3 lemons
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
¼ c chopped fresh oregano
¼ c chopped fresh parsley
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried marjoram
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t red pepper flakes
1 c Greek yogurt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients except the chicken in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Add chicken and marinate in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Place chicken on skewers and grill using remaining marinade to baste while grilling. Serves 6. Eat with pita, tzaziki and roasted eggplant.

Santorini Tzaziki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized cucumbers, peeled but not deseeded and chopped fine
2 c Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ c fresh chopped dill
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well mixed and smash cucumbers to make them blend in a bit better. Set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Before serving, remove from refrigerator but allow them to remain just a bit cooler than room temperature for best flavor.

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 Large cucumber chpped
¼ c chopped red onion
1 c plain greek yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup chopped dill
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a small food processor until smooth.

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