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Roasted Brussels sprouts with Chorizo

November 20, 2017
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pack fresh Mexican chorizo, casings off and crumbled
  • Salt
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Blanch the Brussels sprouts in boiling water, drain and put them into an ice bath to shock them and retain the color. Take out of the water and pat dry. Keep aside. This can be done a day before and refrigerated.

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chorizo and cook on medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes till golden brown. Add the shallots and cook, stirring and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the pine nuts and cook for a minute. Add the Brussels sprouts to the mixture, mix well and cook for 5 to 6 minutes till the sprouts are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Garlic Cilantro Naans

October 18, 2017

This will be a great addition to the Diwali dinner…

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup full fat yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Extra all purpose flour
  • Cast Iron Pan

Garlic Topping

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Mix the all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

In a large bowl, mix the flour baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Add the yogurt and mix well to make a soft dough. Add more flour if necessary making sure it is still soft but not sticky. Clean the bowl and rub the oil and return the dough to rest covered with a damp towel for an hour.

Divide the dough into 3 even balls, cover with some flour and roll out with a rolling pin into a oval shaped naan. In the meantime, heat a wide cast iron pan on a medium high heat. Apply a bit of water on one side of naan and place it on the pan with the water side down. Brush a third of the butter mixture on top and cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or till the bottom part of the naan is golden brown. Take off the heat and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet under a medium heat broiler. Cook under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or till the top of the nann is golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm.

Dal Makhani- Black Lentils with a Cream Sauce

October 17, 2017

Diwali is coming up and this is a must in our house… people typically make this lentil dish for a special occasion but it is so simple… you can make it any day you want… yum!

  • 1 cup whole urad dal (black lentils)
  • ¼ cup rajma (red kidney beans)
  • ¼ cup channa dal (gram lentils)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons half and half

In a pressure cooker or sauce-pan, add the urad dal, rajma, channa dal, water, crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper, coriander powder, turmeric and ghee. If using a pressure cooker, then close the lid and cook on high till the pressure is built, then turn the heat on low and cook for an hour. Turn the heat off, and take the lid off- check the consistency. The dal should be like a thick soup or a think stew. If there is excess liquid, then turn the heat on high and begin to evaporate the liquid. Add the garam masala and half and half. Cook till the dal reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasonings.
If using a sauce-pan, then bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat, cook for at least 2 hours or till the lentils are soft and mushy. Add the garam masals and half and half. Cook till the dal reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasonings.

Fresh Corn Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing

September 10, 2017

Before corn goes away… make this yummy salad.. so easy and so delicious!

  • 4 ears of corn, taken off the cob
  • 4 cups mixed greens

Transfer the corn and green onto a salad bowl. Keep aside.

Dressing

  • 2 lemons, ends cut off, cut in half with the pits out
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add all the ingredients into a blender (I used a vitamix) and blend till everything turns into a smooth sauce. Add more water or oil if needed. Check for seasonings.

Add half of the dressing to the corn and the greens, toss and add more if necessary. Serve immediately.

Greek Style Oven Fries with Oregano and Lemon Zest

August 30, 2017
  • 6 to 8 medium yellow skinned potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 large foil lined cookie sheet
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F convection for 400 degree F regular.

Add the potatoes to a large saucepan filled with water. Bring to a boil. Turn heat off, drain the water and return to the pan and let the potatoes dry.

Transfer to the lined cookie sheet. Add the olive oil and salt. Mix well and roast in oven for 45 minutes to an hour till the wedges are golden brown and crispy.

Topping

  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt

Transfer the hot potatoes into a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, oregano and garlic and toss well. Add more salt if needed. Serve immediately!

 

Pancetta and Green Onion Fried Rice

August 8, 2017

This rice recipe complements the chicken adobo from yesterday really well…

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, cooked al dente, cooled and kept aside
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wok like pan with the oil. Add the pancetta and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and green onions. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the cooked rice and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt and cilantro. Check for seasonings and serve with the adobo chicken.

South Indian Style Tomato Rice

June 25, 2017

This is my version of a classic South Indian style tomato rice- mine is made with brown rice.  No one was able to tell which rice was used. It is a great side dish accompanied by a protein or it is a great main to eat with a fried egg on top… either way, it is delicious!

  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Bring the water, salt and oil to a boil. Add the rice and simmer on medium low heat with partial lid on for 10 minutes. Cover with lid and turn to low and cook for another 25 to 30 minutes. Fluff with fork once the rice is cooked and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt

Heat a frying pan with the coconut oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves and curry leaves. Saute on medium heat for a minute. Add the onion and ginger and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, coriander powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Saute on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the cooled rice, mix well and check for seasonings. Serve right away.