Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poori Masala

Potato poori masalaDelish potato masala that goes well with fried poori.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Spinach Kootu

Spinach Kootu

1/2c. toor dal
2c. chopped spinach
1/2c. coconut
1 red chili
splutter (urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin)

Pressure cook the toor dal with turmeric, salt and the chopped spinach with 2c. water for 5 mins.

In a frying pan, heat 1 tsp sesame oil then add urad dal, 1/2 red chili, and cumin.  Fry until dal turns golden brown.  Thaw coconut in the microwave 15 seconds at a time.  Mix the fried dal mixture with the coconut in a blender.  Add a little water and grind till smooth.

In the same frying pan, heat a little more oil and splutter mustard seeds and urad dal until dal is golden.

Add the coconut paste and the mustard seed splutter to the pressure cooker dal.  Simmer for 3-4 mins, add salt to taste and serve with rice or roti.

Serves 4

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fave Ethiopian Dishes

1/2 cup (125 mL) canola oil
1-1/2 medium yellow onions, halved, thinly sliced
3 large carrots, peeled thinly sliced on diagonal
2 white boiling potatoes, peeled, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 tbsp (15 mL) puréed fresh garlic
1 tsp (5 mL) pureéd fresh, peeled ginger
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each: turmeric, fine sea salt, black pepper
1 cup (250 mL) water
8 to 10 cups (2 to 2.5L) chopped, coredgreen cabbage
1 jalapeno, chopped with seeds
In large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion. Cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add carrots. Cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add potatoes. Cover; Cook 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add water. Cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add cabbage and jalapeno. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. (Don’t let it burn.)

Makes about 4 cups (1L).

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rava Upma

Love this recipe, no adjustments needed!

Rava Upma

Monday, January 4, 2016

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I divided this recipe by 3 to make a smaller quantity.  I poured the cake batter into 3 ramekins, and baked for about 30 mins which was perfect.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Creamy Goan Black Eyed Peas


I discovered this dish for New Year's and it was amazing.  D said it was the best black eyed peas dish he's had!  I cut the turmeric in half, used fresh tomatoes (closer to 1 cup than 1/2 cup), and subbed a dash of chili powder for the cayenne.

Perfect Popcorn

Stovetop Popcorn

Finally, a popcorn recipe that tastes amazing.  I found Alton Brown's popcorn recipe after trying many others.  It's light and crunchy, and can be made with ghee instead of oil (or a combination of the two).  I put the bowl right on the gas burner and used oven mitts to shake it every 30 secs or so.  Not a single burned kernel!!!  Drizzling melted ghee over the popcorn and adding extra salt took it to a new level, but that part was definitely optional.