Aam Aur Lasoon Chi Tikhat

April 4th, 2010

Mango and Garlic Hot Chutney

The State of Maharashtra in India with its capital city Mumbai faces the Arabian sea and is famous for seafood dishes. Coconut is an essential ingredient in Maharashtrian cooking. The food is mostly cooked in peanut oil and most of the curries are spicy and tart from chilies and tamarind. The thing that makes Maharashtrian food different from food cooked in other states is the use of dry roasted and ground nuts, like peanuts and cashews and sesame seeds. This is fresh chutney that can be served with dinner as a condiment.

2 Cups Green Mango peeled seeded and chopped. This is a tart variety of mango available in Indian and Thai groceries in spring and summer. If unavailable, you can substitute with any hard mango from grocery stores. Read the rest of this entry »

Doodh Pak

April 4th, 2010

Rice pudding from Gujarat

The vast land area and the differences in climate in the State of Gujarat have contributed to the different variety of food and cuisine. Gujarat is one of the few states in India where many different and flavorful vegetarian dishes can be found. Gujarat cuisine has a number of desserts which are different from the desserts of other states, but since rice is more or less the staple food of India, each state has it’s own method of preparing rice pudding. “Doodh Pak” is rice pudding from Gujarat. I got this recipe in course of my travels to Porbandar and Bhavnagar in Gujarat.

4 Cups Whole Milk

1 Cup Basmati Rice Available at Indian or Thai groceries.

11/2 Cup Sugar Read the rest of this entry »

Salaat Chole Nariyal Ki

April 4th, 2010

Salad made with Garbanzo Beans and Coconut

I learned this recipe during one of my visits to Pune, Maharashtra.

1 Cup Dried Garbanzo beans soaked overnight in warm water and drained.

1 Cup Carrots sliced thin

1 Cup Tomatoes chopped

1 Cup Red Onions thinly sliced

3 or 4 Hot green chilies sliced thin

1 Cucumber sliced thin

1 Cup Diakon or White radish thinly sliced

1 Cup Cilantro chopped

½ Cup Mint leaves chopped fine

1 Lime juiced Read the rest of this entry »

Tandoori Murg

April 4th, 2010

Tandoori Chicken or Murg Angar (Chicken on Fire)

The Indian Independence Act was passed by the British Parliament in July of 1947. This act ended the British rule of India and provided for the partition India on August 15th 1947. On August 15th two independent countries were created, India and Pakistan. The state of Punjab was divided in half, West Punjab going to Pakistan and East Punjab joining India. Almost six million Hindu and Sikh refugees streamed out of West Punjab and into India carrying they personal belongings, their famous Clay Ovens called Tandoors and their extra ordinary cuisine. Tandoori cooking was like a hurricane that swept through New Delhi and spread over all of India.

The secret is to marinate the chicken in the spices overnight or for at least four hours. Then the chicken is cooked very hot, very fast. Read the rest of this entry »

Pork Vindaloo

April 4th, 2010

A little bit of Vindaloo history:

In 1509 the Portuguese explorer, Alfonso de Albuquerque came to India. He captured Goa a tiny state on the West Coast of India, from the Sultan of Bijapur and made it the headquarters of the Portuguese Empire in India. The Portuguese controlled the whole of India’s export trade to Europe for more than a century. The Portuguese introduced chili peppers, potatoes, coffee, tobacco and Christianity to India. Goa became a Portuguese colony and is about one third Christian to this day.

Vindaloo is a very hot and sour dish developed by the descendants of the Portuguese. Goa is known for its fiery Pork Vindaloo. Goa is one of the few states in India where pork is commonly consumed. This dish use to be taken on sea voyages hence there is no water used in it, and the vinegar acts as a preservative. The word Vindaloo comes from the Portuguese word Vin, meaning vinegar and Alho meaning garlic.

Vindaloo Masala

8 Dried Red Cayenne peppers

20 Black Pepper Corns Read the rest of this entry »

Cranberry Chutney

February 21st, 2010

2 Cups Fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 Cup Fine sugar

1 Cup Brown sugar

1 Tbs. Salt

1Tbs. Peeled and grated fresh ginger

1 Tbs. Whole mustard seeds

1 Tsp. Crushed red pepper

1 Tbs. Cooking oil

Heat the oil in a pot and put the mustard seeds and the crushed peppers in. When they start popping add the ginger. Fry the ginger a little bit and then add the cranberries, sugars, salt and simmer the chutney in medium heat till the cranberries are mushy and there is a thick gravy. Serve as a condiment or sweet chutney on the side with dinner.

Cucumber Raita

February 21st, 2010

2 Cups Thin slices of Cucumber

1 Green lime juiced.

1 Tsp. Roasted and ground Ground Cumin seeds.

1 Tsp. Kala Namak or Rock Salt Powder available at Indian Groceries already powdered and if not available, use regular Salt.

1 Tsp. Sugar

1 Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Cup Chopped Cilantro

2 Tbs. Fresh Mint Leaves minced fine

Mix everything together in a bowl and serve as a condiment with dinner or as an appetizer with chips.

Gota Siddhow

February 21st, 2010

Means “Whole Boiled”

This cuisine is a special one and it is better to search for small sized whole vegetables.

1 Cup Small whole potatoes.

1 Cup Small onions peeled

1 Cup Frozen peas

1 Cup Butternut Squash peeled, and chopped

1 Cup Baby carrots

1 Bunch Spinach Leaves

1 Cup Brussel Sprouts

2 Plantains

2 Tarro Root this can be found in Asian markets or in regular grocery stores

You can be creative and add any vegetables. Do not stick to the rules, if you have bigger vegetables cut them in chunks.

Boil the vegetables together with 1 cup of water and after they are cooked try to dry the water up as much as possible on high heat taking care not to burn them. Cool the vegetables and mix them in a bowl with:

2 Tbs. Mustard Oil available at Asian or Indian Groceries. You can also use Ghee or Clarified Butter

1 Tbs. Ground hot mustard powder

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Green Lime or Yellow Lemon juiced

1/2 Cup Chopped cilantro

1 Jalapeno or two Serranos chopped.

Serve with plain rice or the rice and lentil stew.

Aloo Morich

February 21st, 2010

The word “Aloo ” means potato and “morich ” means black pepper.

4 Big Potatoes boiled, peeled and cubed.

1 Tbs. Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbs. Ghee or Clarified Butter or cooking oil

1 Tsp. Salt.

1 Cup Water

In a pan or cooking pot heat the ghee or clarified butter, or canola oil. Add the potatoes and salt and start cooking on medium heat until the potatoes mix well with everything. Add the ground black pepper and keep cooking. Add the water, lower the heat and simmer covered until the potatoes are more soft and the water is dried up. Serve over rice, toasted bread or with Kitchuri.

Daal Makhani (Lentils cooked in a creamy sauce)

February 16th, 2010

Daal Makhani is a favorite lentil delicacy from Punjab, North India. Any Indian full course dinner or lunch must have some type of lentil in the menu. Lentils are cooked into a spicy gravy and are used as a dipping for flatbreads or to spread over rice. Lentils can also be soaked and blended into a puree and fried as appetizers. In South India lentils are soaked, ground and mixed with rice powder to make crepes. These crepes are called Dosas or they may be filled with spicy potato filling and rolled into Masala Dosas or spicy crepes. Lentils are an excellent source of protein and each state in India and each village cooks them in their own special way. When you visit an Indian Grocery store you will see many different varieties of the lentil. These lentils are also available at Asian or Far East markets. Today’s lentil recipe will use three different types of lentils. Read the rest of this entry »