Posts Tagged ‘indian’

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golden milk

October 22, 2014

one of my favorite drinks of all-time.

i make this recipe regularly, or whenever i can remember to. curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been clinically shown to reduce inflammation, and therefore ease symptoms of everything from arthritis to allergies. other studies tentatively show it may shrink cancers, reduce the plaque in the brain associated with alzheimer’s, and calm anxiety. in traditional ayurvedic medicine, it clears skin and regulates blood sugar, as well as reducing inflammation and “assisting the whole female system,” which sounds pretty good to me.

i wouldn’t be so inclined to believe them if i didn’t crave golden milk so much, particularly during the changing seasons. it turns my bad knee into my “not quite as good” knee.

(warning: turmeric permanently stains absolutely everything, including things you didn’t even know could stain, like your grater, your hands, your stove, and your sink. it’s completely worth it.)

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+ add two cloves and a quarter to a half inch of cinnamon bark. toast for a few minutes.
+ add 1 cup milk (any milk or milk substitute! some people even use water – but add a drop of ghee, coconut oil, or almond oil to aid absorption. i recommend cow, goat, coconut, or almond milk.)
+ grate 1 inch raw turmeric and 1/4 inch raw ginger into the milk. if you can’t find them raw, feel free to use turmeric or ginger paste, juice, or even powdered.
+ make sure to stir regularly
+ add a saffron thread, if you have it
+ add a pinch of black pepper. this is the only ingredient, besides the turmeric and milk, that isn’t optional! pepper helps you absorb the turmeric.

you will notice a sharp change in flavor when it is done – between five and eight minutes, usually, is all it takes to release the active chemicals.

made with thick, unhomogenized local milk and finished with a spoonful of raw honey, it’s a rich dessert. taken just as is, it’s perfect medicine for the winter blahs, for seasonal allergies, for healing injuries, and as a general tonic to stay well.

probably one of my top ten most highly recommended recipes.

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goan coconut sauce

October 21, 2014

Another great recipe from tarladalal! This recipe is for a paste from Goa, in India. You can thin it into a sauce for veggies, fish, meat, or whatever you can imagine!

2 whole medium sized onions (unpeeled)
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
26 mm (1″) cinnamon (dalchini)
3 cloves (laung / lavang)
4 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
2 tsp whole coriander (dhania) seeds
3 whole dry kashmiri red chillies, broken into pieces
3/4 cup freshly grated coconut
7 to 8 cloves of garlic

Roast the onions on a open flame till they turn black in colour. Cool, peel, discard the blackened/ charred layer and slice the onions. Keep aside.
Heat the oil in a kadhai, add the poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, coriander seeds and red chillies, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 5 minutes.
Add the coconut and sauté on a medium flame for another minute. Keep aside to cool.
Combine the above mixture, sliced onions and the garlic and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste, using ½ cup of water.

Use this gravy on the same day to make recipes of your choice.
Don’t use fresh coconut if you want to freeze the leftovers. Instead, cool the gravy completely, add 1 tsp vinegar and mix well. Pour in food-grade zip lock bags or airtight containers and freeze. While making vegetables using the stored gravy, thaw and use it as per the recipe. Towards the end, add 2 tbsp coconut milk instead of freshly grated coconut.

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adapted from tarladalal

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dahiwale achari baingan (eggplant in spicy yogurt sauce)

August 8, 2014

Yet another recipe that looks amazing from ãhãram! Aubergines, baingan, eggplant – it’s one of my favorites.

Baingan or Aubergines – 250 gms
Onions – 2 Large
Dahi, Curd or Yogurt – 1 Cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Saunf or Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
Jeera or Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Kalonji or Nigella Seeds – 1 tsp
Rai or Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Methi or Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Amchur or Dried Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
Hing or Asafoetida – A Large Pinch
Oil – 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Method

In a large vessel, create a marinade by mixing ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil.
Cut the eggplant into 1/2″ pieces.
Mix the eggplant pieces well with the marinade.
Set aside for 10 minutes.
Peel and slice the onions into thin long pieces.
In a wok or kadhai, heat 1 tbsp oil.
Add the marinated aubergine pieces and stir-fry till the aubergine just starts to turn soft.
Take out the aubergines and set aside.
To the same wok, add the remaining oil.
Add mustard, fennel, nigella, cumin, and fenugreek seeds.
Stir-fry for a minute or till the seeds start to pop.
Add the sliced onions and slit green chillies.
Stir-fry till the onions are transparent & turn off heat.
Add asafoetida, garam masala and amchur powder.
Mix well.
Beat and add the yogurt to the fried onions.
Mix & add remaining ingredients.

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from ãhãram!

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dal fry (lentils punjabi-style)

August 7, 2014

This recipe is from from ãhãram!

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yellow lentils/tuvar dal/pigeon peas/gandules – 1 Cup
Tomato – 1 Medium
Onion – 1 Medium
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Fresh Coriander for Garnish

Boil 1 c lentils in 2 c water. Or, soak the Tuvar Dal in 2 Cups water for about 30 to 60 minutes and pressure cook the dal for 4 whistles.
With a heavy ladle, mash the dal completely.
Chop the tomato into fine pieces.
Chop the onion into 1/2″ pieces.
Chop the green chillies into fine pieces.
In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil.
Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
Add the onion pieces and fry till transparent.
Add the tomato pieces and stir fry till the tomato pieces are soft.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the green chillies, red chilli powder, and turmeric.
Stir fry for 2 minutes.
Add the mashed dal, salt, and 1/2 cup water to the onion-tomato mix.
Mix well and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with jeera rice or rotis.

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from ãhãram (great blog – highly recommended)

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onion tomato chutney

August 11, 2013

an onion
a few small tomatoes or a big tomato
3 cloves garlic, whole
2 T roasted gram or urad dal or other split pulse
2 t oil
3-5 dried red chili peppers
1/4 t tamarind paste
3 curry leaves
1/4 t mustard seed
salt, to taste

peel garlic cloves and add whole chilis and whole garlic cloves to medium-hot pan with oil. roast. add chopped onions. salt and saute until golden. add tomato and cook until mushy. add roasted gram/lentils. switch off flame. add tamarind. cool and grind with a little water. temper curry leaves and mustard seeds in an oiled pan and add to the food processor or mortar and pestle.

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adapted from jeyashri’s kitchen

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gujarati khattai alu (sweet and sour potatoes)

July 18, 2013

another recipe i used to make all the time when i first learned to cook!

1 lb floury potatoes
1 T tamarind pulp
1/4 c water
2 t brown sugar
1 1/2 T ghee
1/2 t black mustard seed
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t cayenne or ground chili
1 t ground coriander
1 t ground cumin
1 t salt
2 fresh green chilis
2 T dessicated (dried) coconut

peel and dice potatoes. dissolve sugar in tamarind pulp liquid after soaking leftover tamarind in water to extract pulp.

fry mustard seeds in oil or ghee. add spices and fry for 1 min on low. add potatoes, toss with salt and water for a minute. cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. add tamarind, chili, and coconut and stir. cook 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

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source: a sheet of paper

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peanut mint chutney

May 27, 2013

Peanuts: 1/2 cup
Fresh Mint Leaves: 1/2 cup, packed
Onion: 1 large sized
Green Chillies: 6
Tamarind Extract : 1 tbsp or as needed
Salt to taste
Oil: 2 tsp

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Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal: 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tsp
Hing (asafoetida): 1/8 tsp
Oil: 1 tsp

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1. Heat a heavy bottomed pan on a medium heat, slowly roast the peanut to golden brown color. Cool and rub the skins off.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and slit green chillies. (If you’re raw or don’t eat onions, throw in some fresh raw garlic, or maybe a little fresh lime juice!)

3. Fry the onions until light brown color. Take them out of the pan and set aside.

4. In the same pan, add the mint leaves and fry for 3 – 4 minutes and turn off the flame and allow it to cool.

5.Grind the roasted peanuts, tamarind pulp, sauteed onions, sauteed mint and some salt to a smooth paste by adding a little water.

6. Transfer the chutney into a bowl and keep it aside.

7. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds and urad dal and let them splutter.

8. When the seeds stop popping, add the hing and stir for a few seconds and turn off the heat.

9. Pour the tempered ingredients over the chutney and combine well. Serve with idli, dosa, ponga, or upma – or rice, veggies, meat, salad, or whatever else you can dream up!

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adapted from blend with spices

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I made a few alterations to this. First of all, I drastically decreased the amount of hot pepper, since a dinner guest was sensitive to spice. I also left out the asafoetida. This chutney is AMAZING. I served it alongside rice with chickpeas, dried fruit, and herbs, but I think this could potentially go with anything. It’s that perfect something to add when dinner needs a boost. I’m going to make a huge batch of this. I think it would be good on anything – cooked veggies or meat, cold salads – even just as a dip for raw veggies! Ground with a little extra water, this could make an amazing sauce, too. Highly recommended.

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