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Creamy Paneer and Peas (Mattar Paneer)

April 15, 2018

This is yummy interpretation of a classic mattar paneer…

2 tablespoons ghee or butter
1 teaspoon black cumin seeds
3 cloves
2 inch cinnamon stick
1 medium yellow onion
4 garlic cloves
2 inch fresh ginger
1 cup tomato puree
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups paneer, grated
½ cup cream
1½ cups frozen peas
½ cup cilantro, chopped

Transfer the onion, garlic and ginger to a processor and process till finely chopped.
Heat a large frying pan with the ghee/butter. Add the cumin, cloves and cinnamon. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the onion mixture and sauté on medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomato puree, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper and coriander and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the paneer and cream. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer and cook with lid on for 5 minutes. Add the frozen peas, cover with lid and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro.

Chicken Curry with Carom Seeds: Nanoo’s Chicken

April 3, 2018

Delicious, delicious chicken curry- you won’t get this in any restaurant!
Nanoo's Chicken

  • 2 pounds skinless, bone-in, chicken thighs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon ajwain
  • ½ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 3 large onion, sliced
  • 1 head of garlic, sliced
  • 2 inch piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt to taste

Mix the yogurt, salt, cayenne pepper, garam masala and ajwain and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the chicken and marinate over night, or at least 3 to 4 hours.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds. Once the spices begin to sizzle, about 30 seconds, add the onions. Saute on medium heat till the onions are translucent and decreased in size by half, about 10 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and sauté for 15-20 minutes until the onions, ginger and garlic begin to disintegrate. Add the chicken stock and cook on low heat 40 to 50 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve with rice or fresh roti.

Channa Masala and Spinach Fried Rice Bowls

April 1, 2018

I love making noodle and rice bowls and so I thought why couldn’t I make one with Indian ingredients.. that is how this bowl came about. If you want to leave it completely vegetarian and more vegan, eliminate the egg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked for at least 2 to 3 hours
  • 1 14 ounces can fire roasted tomatoes with chili
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

Transfer the tomatoes, onion, garlic and ginger to a blender. Blend well till everything is well combined and formed into a sauce. Keep aside. Heat a pressure cooker to a large saucepan with the butter. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Saute for 30 seconds on medium heat. Add the drained chickpeas, tea bag, salt and water. Bring to a boil and follow directions for the pressure cooker and cook under pressure for 2 hours. If using a regular saucepan, cook for 2 to 3 hours or more depending on how long the chickpeas were soaked. Keep adding more water as needed. Once the chickpeas are soft and tender, bring to a boil and cook till a thick soup consistency if formed. Check for seasonings and garnish with garam masala.

Spinach Brown Rice with Mustard Seeds Fried Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water

Heat a medium saucepan with the butter. Add the rice and salt and sauté for a minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Partially cover the saucepan with lid and cook on medium low heat till most of the water is cooked away, about 15 minutes. Cover with lid and lower the heat to low and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes or till the rice is cooked through. Fluff rice with fork and let cool.

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Salt

Heat a wok like pan with the coconut oil. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves and cook for 30 seconds on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the spinach and let it wilt, add the cool rice and soy sauce. Cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt if needed.

Tomato and Cucumber Relish

  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of one lemon

Mix everything together and keep aside.

Assemble bowls with the spinach rice, channa masala and relish. Top with fried eggs if desired and garnish with some chili sauce.

 

Chicken with Almond and Cilantro Curry

March 20, 2018
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ½ cup full fat yogurt
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and cut
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Add the yogurt, half and half, mint, cilantro, ginger, garam masala and salt to a blender and blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Transfer to a mixing bowl with the chicken pieces and marinate for at least 2 to 3 hours, preferably over night.

  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup hot water

Soak the almonds in the hot water for an hour and then place in a blender and blend till a smooth paste is formed, keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon mace
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon black cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick, ½ inch
  • 1 medium onion, chopped

Heat a heavy saucepan with the butter. Add the mace, nutmeg, black cumin seeds and cinnamon stick. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the onion and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the almond paste and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken with the marinade and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Turn the heat up to cook off any excess moisture. Mix well and serve warm with rice or rotis.

Sauteed Zucchini with Mustard Seeds and Curry Leaves

March 18, 2018

Sauteed Zucchini with Mustard Seeds

 

  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon

In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute for 30 seconds on medium high heat or till the seeds begin to sizzle. Add the zucchini slices and sauté on high heat 5-6 minutes, till the slices begin to brown. Add the salt, coriander powder and cayenne pepper. Mix well and turn the heat off. Add the lemon juice and check for seasonings before serving.

Shrimp with a Cilantro and Mint Sauce

February 5, 2018

This is a yummy green curry made with coconut milk, cilantro and mint! It was a delicious combination I served with lemon rice  and it was a bit hit. Overall- it was a successful attempt at a green coconut curry… I was very satisfied.

  • 1 pound medium sized shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Green Curry

  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 serrano chili, chopped
  • ¼ cup water

Blend the cilantro, mint, green onions, white onion, garlic, ginger, chili and water till a smooth sauce.

  • 3 teaspoons coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounces) light coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Juice of one lemon

Saute the shrimp on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes in a wok like sauce pan with the extra light olive oil. Take the shrimp out on a paper towel lined platter. Keep aside.

Reheat the wok like sauce pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute for a minute on high heat or till the seeds start to sizzle. Add the sauce and sauté on medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the coriander seeds, salt and coconut milk. Mix well and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the shrimp, cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice, taste for seasonings. Serve with plain or lemon rice.

Quick Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves

November 13, 2017
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces

Marinade

  • Juice of a large lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Marinate the chicken pieces with the lime juice, salt, coriander and cayenne pepper for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 serrano pepper, slice in half
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with coconut oil. Add the fennel seeds, curry leaves, onion, Serrano pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 inutes. Add the turmeric, coriander powder and a teaspoon of salt. Saute on medium heat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken with the marinade and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover with lid and cook for about 15 minutes. Take the lid off and let the chicken simmer on medium heat for another 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with garam masala and cilantro. Serve with rice and roti.