Palak Paneer (Spinach with Curd Cheese)
Mar28

Palak Paneer (Spinach with Curd Cheese)

  Ingredients • Bunches fresh spinach – 4  • Asafetida powder (hing) – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp • Tomatoes – 2  • Green chili pepper – 1  • Ginger root – 2 tsp • Paneer (curd cheese) – 6-8 ounces  • Paprika – 1/2 tsp  • Ground cumin – 1 tsp • Turmeric – 1 tsp...

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Pan-Fried Whole Bitter Melons with cashew stuffing
Mar27

Pan-Fried Whole Bitter Melons with cashew stuffing

Salting and preparation time: about 1 hour Cooking time: 30 minutes   Ingredients • Baby bitter melons (about 12 ounces/340 g each), 2 ½ -3 inches (6.5-7.5 cm) long – 8  • Salt – 1 ½ table spoons (22 ml)  • Sugar – ½ table spoon (7 ml)  • Water – 3cups (710 ml) • Cashew halves, blanched almonds or hazelnuts...

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Sauteed Eggplant and Bell Peppers
Mar25

Sauteed Eggplant and Bell Peppers

  This dish can be made with green, red or yellow bell peppers, all yielding wonderful flavor and color variations. The eggplant is steamed prior to its browning in seasoned ghee, a step that cuts calories to the minimum. Fresh garam masala puts of distinction on the dish.   Preparation time (after assembling ingredients): 10 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients • Caraway seeds – ½...

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Lima beans with Golden Raisins
Mar24

Lima beans with Golden Raisins

  Fresh lima beans are usually available as small “butter limas” or larger, as “potato limas”. Shop for local produce dark green pods, tightly closed and bulging with large beans. To free the beans from the pods, cut a strip along the inner edge of the pod, then with your thumbnail remove the beans. June, July and august yield the most profuse crops, yet at some specialty greengrocers the availability...

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Spiced Green Beans
Mar23

Spiced Green Beans

  Here is a simple yet delicious way to cook green beans Marawadi style. If you are a gardener, try growing Thompson and Morgan’s thin, long asparagus beans; they most resemble the type used in India. Beans are sweet and tender only when harvested immature and full of sugar. They are best cooked within hours after being picked, as are peas. If you are supermarket shopping, try to get locally grown, vividly green beans that...

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Sauteed Cauliflower and Green Peas
Mar21

Sauteed Cauliflower and Green Peas

  In all cauliflower dishes, the quality of the vegetable is paramount. Look for crisp, tightly packed white flowerets and bright green leaves. It is important to cut the flowerets into uniform pieces, but the success of the dish really lies in slow, gentle braising; the cauliflower cooks in its own juice and seasonings until the flowerets are butter-soft and the stems tender-crisp. Garden-fresh peas are in a class of their own,...

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