Succulent Eggplant & Paneer Cheese in Spicy Tomato Glaze
Feb28

Succulent Eggplant & Paneer Cheese in Spicy Tomato Glaze

Ingredients: • Ghee for deep-frying • Black mustard seeds – 1½ tsp • Minced fresh ginger – 2 tsp • Minced fresh green chili – 1 tsp • Yellow asafetida powder – ¼ tsp • Tomato puree – 2 cups • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp • Ground coriander – 1 tsp • Paneer cheese from 2½ litres milk, pressed and cut into 1.5 cm cubes, (recipe follows) • Eggplant, cut into 1.5 cm cubes – 1 large • Garam masala...

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Braised Brussel Sprouts
Feb27

Braised Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients: • Brussels – 7 cup • Ghee – 4-5 tbsp • Hing – 1/4 • Ground coriander – 1/2 tsp • Black pepper – 1/4 tsp • Water –  1 1/2- 2 cup • Salt, as desired Preparation: 1. In a frying pan on high, chaunce in the hot ghee the hing and then the coriander and pepper. 2. Add the brussels and stir fry a few minutes until they begin browning. 3. Add water and cover. Cook on high heat until the water...

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Cauliflower and potato Surprise

Although this was one of four cauliflower and potato vegetables served at a recipe testing banquet, it was unanimously voted the favorite. It is indeed popular through out much of North India, this version a long-time secret from the Shashi gupta family of Kurukshetra. I noticed that although undeniably rich, it is always one of the first to disappear at holiday dinners. I often use homemade yogurt, or good commercial yogurt like...

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Baked Eggplant Puree with Seasoned Yogurt
Feb22

Baked Eggplant Puree with Seasoned Yogurt

Eggplant bharta, in one form or another, is a national favorite of India. I learned to make this variation during my first Bombay residence in the kitchen of the Kalish Seksaria family. The cooks excel at several regional cuisines, and this Punjabi-style presentation was a favorite of hosts and wood fire until they nearly fell apart. Chilies and seasonings gave the dish a feisty punch, and the yogurt added creamy distinction....

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Creamed Spinach with Fresh Curd Cheese
Feb12

Creamed Spinach with Fresh Curd Cheese

Ingredients: • Chopped fresh ginger – 1 tsp • Fresh hot green chili, seeded and minced – 1 • Ground coriander – 1 tsp • Sweet paprika – ½ tsp • Ground cumin – ½ tsp • Turmeric – ½ tsp • Ghee or oil – 1 tbsp • Large bunches of spinach, washed, trimmed steamed, drained and finely chopped – 2 • Cream – 4 tbsp • Fresh homemade curd cheese (panir) made from 2 litres milk, cut into 1.25...

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Bengali Spinach
Feb08

Bengali Spinach

Ingredients: • Raw almonds, peanuts or pistachios, with skins – 2/3 cup (100 g) • Warm water – 2 cups • Ghee or sesame oil • Black mustard seeds – 1 tsp • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp • Fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp • Jaggery or dark brown sugar – 1½ tbsp • Scraped, fined shredded or minced fresh ginger root – ½ tbsp • Seeded and minced hot green chilies – 1 tsp • Fresh spinach, trimmed, washed and...

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