Mushroom,Spinach and Corn Bake

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This post is very special for me for a number of reasons. First, I just learned that my recipes will be a weekly feature on the popular local “mom” blog series “AZ Desi Mums“, “Sydney Desi Mums“, and “Dubai Desi Mums”! “Desi” is an affectionate reference to people from India who live abroad. “Desi Mums” is a hangout for “desi” moms to share, recommend and discuss mom concerns and interests. This will be my first featured recipe! Another reason why this recipe is special to me is because this was one of the first dishes I learned to cook. This dish was a party favorite back home and I am forever grateful to my Mom for teaching me how . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Green Shrimp Curry

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Green Shrimp Curry- Serves 2 Green chicken curry has recently become a hot favorite at home – especially with my daughter. So much so that I’ve had to prepare it almost every day! Green masala is a combination of cilantro, green chillies, and other spices that forms the base for the curry. And since my daughter is a big seafood fan, I figured using shrimp instead of chicken would be a hit. This is such an easy and simple recipe but truly outstanding! Very few but fresh ingredients make the flavors of the curry shine. This is my mother’s recipe who belongs to the Pathare Prabhu community. The Pathare Prabhu community were one of the earliest settlers of Mumbai ( . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Red Chicken Curry

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Chicken curry is chicken cooked in a gravy. The gravy which is called the curry is cooked in different ways to give each curry a unique and distinct taste. There are many types of chicken curries cooked in my house. One where I use fresh cilantro, green chillies, tomatoes and coconut milk which is green chicken curry. “Seyal curry” is made with lots of caramelized onions and tomatoes. Today’s curry is made with roasting spices like poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and caraway seeds. The spices are roasted on a dry pan to release it’s essential and aromatic oils and are then crushed to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. This is what we call “Dry . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Punjabi Rajmah Curry

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“Rajmah (Red kidney beans) Curry” is a very popular, vegetarian dish from North India. Cook red kidney beans (soaked overnight in water) with tomatoes, onions, whole spices like black cardamom, cloves and bay leaf. Serve with white rice or Indian bread. This recipe is adapted from Nita Mehta’s amazing cookbook, Nita Mehta’s Punjabi Khaana. The recipe’s fairly simple but can take a while to prepare on account of the browning of the onions. The dish also freezes very well – so great as a make-ahead dish as well. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups red kidney beans (lal rajmah) soaked overnight 1 tablespoon split gram (channa dal) soaked overnight salt to taste 2 onions 6 to 8 garlic flakes 1″piece ginger . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chicken Biryani With Mint And Cilantro”Hyderabadi Biryani”

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Biryani is a rice-based dish layered with meat and/or vegetables. The rice and meat are cooked separately, and then layered and baked together or cooked on low flame. This allows the aromas from various spices to get fully infused, making biryani highly enjoyable and delectable. Often made at my house as a party dish, I decided to make it as a weeknight treat for my family to enjoy! It is elaborate but those who have tasted biryani know it’s worth the effort. Traditionally, the dish is served with a raita made with cucumber, tomatoes and onions. The yogurt helps to cool the palette from the heat of the spices in the biryani. I made this with lots with caramelized onions, . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Paneer Rolls

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Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) rolls consist of a scrumptious filling of paneer cooked with caramelized onions, tomatoes and tandoori masala. The bright red color comes from the tomato paste and tandoori masala. Rolled in a tortilla or “chappati” (traditional Indian flour bread) topped with chopped onions. From time-to-time I’ll add homemade green chutney for a more traditional flavor! I have put the paneer filling in “Kawan” chappati which is a Malaysian brand that you can find in the frozen section of the Indian grocery store. If using these, do not defrost them. Heat on a pre heated pan until cooked. You can also use flour tortillas which work great because of their softness. You need Paneer and "Rajah" tandoori masala . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Goat Curry with Cardamoms and Spinach”Elaichi Mutton”

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Goat Curry “Elaichi Mutton” Yeah, I am back from my awesome trip to New York. I was on spring break with my daughter, it was a very relaxing holiday thanks to my lovely family and friends.This trip was all about just hanging out at home and chilling with family. We did not go out much, ordered in a lot from my favorite Malaysian restaurant “Penang”. I have eaten roti-canai for the whole year! We did visit an Indian restaurant “Amiya” for their lunch buffet in New Port, NJ. The kebabs were outstanding. So while I was away being treated to this fantastic food, hubby was at home eating Subway and hot dogs. So as soon as I got back, I . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chicken Fajitas

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We enjoy “Tex-Mex” and “Chipotle” is our favorite “Mexican” food place. I tried “Tex-Mex” for the first time in the States about 11 years ago. It’s surprising that there aren’t many Mexican restaurants in India, considering how similar the cuisines are in their use of beans, rice, cumin, and cilantro. In fact I often find my self using tortillas instead of “rotis” to serve with chicken curry or kebabs. This recipe is adapted from “Williams-Sonoma” stir fry cook book. I make a vegetarian version of this too, using mushrooms instead of chicken. I usually have all the ingredients in my fridge or pantry and best of all everyone at home loves it. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Green mixed vegetables “Sai Bhaji”

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I cringed the first time I saw this dish (as a newly wed no less). I remember thinking, “What’s this green slush I have to eat?!” I did not want to make a fuss and quietly sat there and took a bite. OMG! I loved it! I could not believe how flavorful it was! Here’s the list of good stuff you’ll find in this delicious concoction – spinach, dill, tomatoes, egg plant, fenugreek and other vegetables along with lentil for a shot of protein. I could not stop telling my in-laws how much I loved this dish and that I had to make it for my dad and mom. “Sai-Bhaji” is a Sindhi (a community in India that’s taken their . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Green Chicken Curry

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This chicken is a typical Goan chicken curry. Goa is a beautiful state in India known for it’s beaches, places of worship and architecture. It was also the location of the opening sequence of the worldwide smash, “The Bourne Supremacy”. Hundreds of beach-side shacks serve home cooked, spicy vindaloos, sarpotels, goan sausages to visitors from all over the world. Goan cuisine is famous for sea food, liberal use of coconut milk, cashews and “kokum” – Garcinia Indica. I remember this dish from my first luncheon at my to-be-in-laws place. Cilantro, green chillies, cashew nuts tomatoes and coconut milk with a dash of tamarind paste at the end make this curry delightfully flavorful. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken – 2 lbs 1 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE