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Chinese Eggplant with Ground Turkey and Green Beans

August 19, 2019

1 pound ground turkey meat

2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine

2 teaspoons ginger, grated

1 teaspoon salt

 

Marinate the turkey meat with the cooking wine, ginger and salt and keep aside for an hour.

 

4 to 6 tablespoons oil

2 long Asian eggplants, cut on a bias into 2 inch pieces

1 pound thin green beans

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon ginger, chopped

4 green onions, green and white part separated and chopped

3 tablespoons doubanjiang (broadbean sauce)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Salt if needed

 

Transfer the eggplants into a large pot filled with water with 2 teaspoons of salt and soak for 10 minutes. Add a weight if necessary to make sure the eggplants are well soaked. After 10 minutes, drain completely and dry well.

 

Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil in a wok like pan and fry the eggplants for 6 to 9 minutes till the eggplants become soft and golden brown. Take out of pan and keep aside. Add more oil and fry the green beans for 4 to 5 minutes. Take out of the pan and add more oil and add the white part of the green onions, ginger and garlic. Saute on medium heat for a minute and add the marinated ground turkey. Saute on high heat till the meat is nicely separated and golden brown. Add the doubanjiang, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Mix well and check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Garnish with the green parts of the green onions and serve with steamed rice.

 

 

Spicy Watermelon and Pineapple Salad

August 18, 2019

I got this recipe from NYTimes, one of my favorite sources for new ideas. I changed up the ingredients a bit and came up with this delicious summer salad- make it before all the yummy watermelon goes away!!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoons honey
1 serrano, sliced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Trader Joes chili lime seasoning
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
½ cup crumbled feta
2 cups arugula
¼ cup cilantro sprigs
¼ cup mint

Make the dressing with the oil, vinegar, lime zest, juice, honey, Serrano, salt and the chili lime seasoning. Mix well and keep aside.
Transfer the watermelon and pineapple in a medium bowl and pour the dressing over the fruit, mix well and let marinate in fridge for at least an hour.
Right before serving, add the arugula, cilantro, mint and feta to a large bowl, add the marinated fruit, toss, check for seasoning and serve.

Poblano Corn Salsa

July 29, 2019

This is a very simple, yet delicious salad I have been making this summer- definitely a crowd pleaser!

  • 6 ears of corn, grilled, off the cob
  • 2 poblano peppers, grilled, skin off and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl. Let sit for at least an hour before serving.

Mango and Green Onion Salsa

July 28, 2019

Salsa is a perfect accompaniment for any summer meal…

  • 2 to 3 ripe mangos, peeled and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Transfer the mangos, green onions, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and olive oil to a medium bowl. Mix well and serve.

Chicken with Almond and Cilantro Curry

July 9, 2019
  • 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.

Channa Dal with Curry Leaves

July 7, 2019

2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 green chili, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 cup channa dal, rinsed and soaked in water

2 cups water

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon garam masala

Juice of one lime

1 teaspoon ghee or oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

5 to 7 curry leaves

1 teaspoon garam masala

½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat a medium pressure cooker with the oil. Add the onion, garlic and chili. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato and sauté for 2 minutes on medium heat. Drain the dal and add to the sautéed onion. Add the water, salt, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Bring to a boil and cook under pressure for 20 minutes. Take the lid off once the pressure has subsided. Continue to cook on medium heat. Add the  lime juice and check for seasonings.

In a small frying pan, add the ghee, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes till the cumin seeds begin to sizzle. Transfer the cumin seeds and curry leaves to the cooking dal. Mix well and add the garam masala and fresh cilantro. Serve warm.

Bean Avocado and Shishito Pepper Salad

June 4, 2019

Shishito peppers are everywhere now.. they are these small Japanese peppers that can be quite mild or every once in a while, they can be a bit spicy.. this salad is delicious with black beans and avocados…

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 3 to 4 shishito peppers
  • 1 medium pepper, yellow or red, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Juice of a large lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Transfer the shishito peppers to a heated cast iron pan. On medium high heat, char the peppers on all sides- about 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer the peppers to a chopping board and let cool and then chop. Transfer the beans, avocado, charred peppers, sweet peppers, green onions and cilantro to a serving bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt, honey and oil. Mix well and taste for seasonings and adjust. Let it sit for at least half an hour before serving.