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Dal Palak – Indian Style Lentil Curry with Spinach

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Ingredients:

½ c. Chana Dal (split chickpeas)
¼ c. Masoor dal (pink lentils)
2 c. Spinach (chopped, you can use frozen too)
1 Tomato (chopped)
1 Onion (chopped)
2-3 Green chilies (chopped)
2 tb. Coriander (chopped)
3 tb. Ginger (chopped)
1 tsp. Cumin seeds
¼ tsp. Asafoetida powder
¼ tsp. Turmeric powder
1 tsp. Kashmiri red chili powder
Oil
Salt

Recipe:

Begin with washing the lentils and pressure cook until done. Keep aside.

In a pan heat some oil and add cumin seeds, chilies, ginger and sauté for a minute or two.

Add onions and cook until slightly golden. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and continue cooking over medium heat.

Add all the spices and cook until oil begins to separate.

At this stage add the spinach and cook until it becomes soft and stops releasing water.

Once done, add the cooked lentils and mix well.

Adjust the thickness of the curry by adding water as per your liking.

Check for salt and simmer for 5-6 minutes on slow heat.

Garnish with coriander and serve along with some rice

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Chicken Handi

The traditional recipe requires a clay cooking pot as it enhances the flavor. However, cooking the same in a regular pot works just fine too.

Ingredients:

500 Gr. Chicken (cut into medium pieces)
½ C. Cashew nuts (plain, unsalted)
1 Onion (finely chopped)
1 Tomato (finely chopped)
2 Fresh green chili’s (Slit)
½ in. Ginger (julienne)
2T. Ginger Garlic paste
¼ th C. Coriander leaves (chopped)
¼ th C. Mint leaves (chopped)
1C. Yogurt
1T. Chili powder
¼ th T. Turmeric powder
½ T. Garam masala powder
½ T. Coriander powder
4Tbs. Oil
2 cloves
½ in. Cinnamon stick
2 green cardamoms
Salt to taste

Recipe:

Start by soaking the cashew nuts in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and grind them into a paste. Add yogurt and continue to grind. Set aside.

Heat oil in a cooking pot & add cinnamon, green cardamom, and cloves. Once fragrant, add chopped onions and cook till golden brown.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, julienne ginger and cook till the oil separates. Now add the chicken pieces, chopped coriander, mint leaves and sauté over medium heat.

Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder & coriander powder. You can adjust the salt at this stage.

Now add the ground cashew – yogurt paste, garam masala powder and slit green chilies. Give it a nice stir evenly coating the chicken.

Keep stirring while the gravy simmers, approximately for 5-6 minutes or till the oil starts to separate.

Once the chicken looks cooked, garnish with chopped coriander & julienne ginger.

Serve hot with roti’s, naan or parathas.

Creamy Spinach Penne Pasta

Ingredients:

250 Grams penne pasta, cooked
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Onion, finely chopped
5C. Fresh spinach, washed, dried & chopped
1/2  C. Basil, finely chopped
1T. Olive oil
1T. Butter
2C. Cooking cream
1C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 T. Salt
1/4 T. ground black pepper

Recipe:

Start by cooking the penne pasta. Drain and keep aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat.

Sauté the onions, garlic, salt, and pepper until lightly browned.

Add cooking cream and parmesan cheese, and continue to cook the sauce on low heat until slightly thickened.

Now add the spinach, cup by cup and keep stirring gently until it wilts.

Once the sauce is ready add the basil and cooked pasta to the pan and stir to coat.

Garnish with some more parmesan cheese and enjoy the delicious creamy spinach pasta.

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

4Pcs. Chicken Breasts (skinless & trimmed)
1T. Lemon Juice
2T. Honey
2T. Mustard Sauce
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
1T. Olive Oil
1/2T. Cayenne Pepper
Salt & Pepper – as per taste

Recipe:

Toss the chicken pieces with lemon juice and set aside.

Combine all the other remaining ingredients to form a marinate.

Coat the chicken pieces with the marinate and refrigerate for few hours. For best results marinate overnight.

Grill the chicken on medium-high heat until done.

Cabbage & Coconut Stir-fry

photo-01-01-09-12-04-30-amIngredients:

4C. Cabbage (shredded)
6-8 Potatoes (small to medium size)
2 Green chilies (sliced and deseeded)
3-4 Dry red chilies
1T. Cumin seeds
1T. Mustard seeds
1T. Lemon juice
2T. Desiccated coconuts (lightly toasted)
4T. Coriander (chopped)
2T. Oil
Asafoetida (a generous pinch)
Salt & Pepper

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Method:

Start with preparing the potatoes for the recipe. In a pot of boiling water add salt and cook potatoes for 10-12 minutes. Peel and lightly crush. Set aside.

In a pan heat some oil and add dried red chilies along with mustard, cumin and asafoetida. Smoke till fragrant. Once the seeds began to crackle, toss in the cabbage and sliced green chilies.

Make sure the cabbage gets coated with spices and oil nicely. Add the potatoes and continue tossing for few minutes. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.

Once it combines, throw in the toasted coconut, chopped coriander and lemon juice. Give it a final toss to combine.

Serve hot as a side dish.

The key here is the crunch in the cabbage. Don’t overcook!

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Cauliflower Risotto

Photo 01-01-09, 12 08 38 AMIngredients:

1C. Arborio rice
½ C. White wine
2C. Vegetable stock
2T. Parmesan – Romano (grated)
1T. Lemon Juice
3T. Olive oil
Saffron (optional)

Ingredients for Puree

1 Cauliflower head (minced)
1 Onion (chopped)
6-8 Basil leaves
1C. Water
3T. Butter
Salt & Pepper

Ingredients for Garnish

2T. Garlic (minced)
3T. Cauliflower (minced)
3T. Mushrooms (chopped)
2T. Red bell pepper (chopped)
2T. Green bell pepper (chopped)
2T. Spring onion (chopped)
1T. Olive oil

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Method:

Start with preparing the cauliflower puree. In a pan add the butter, basil leaves and onions. Once the onions start to sweat, stir in the cauliflower and season with salt & pepper. Cook the cauliflower on slow – medium heat without turning it brown. Add a cup of water if required. Once cooked properly let it sit for few minutes and puree using a blender. Set aside.

Take another pan and prepare for the garnish. Drizzle few drops of olive oil once heated add the garlic, spring onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and cauliflower. Saute for 6 – 7 minutes and reserve for later use.

Heat a flat pan on medium heat. Add some olive oil, once hot add the Arborio rice. Toast the rice till fragrant and then stir in the wine. Once the wine is absorbed add the vegetable stock. Keep on stirring to avoid sticking at the base. Also, you can add a dollop of butter to emulsify the rice. Add the lemon juice, cover and cook. Once the rice is almost done add the cauliflower puree and stir. This is the time when you will add the saffron, if using. Remove from the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir to mix the cheese evenly. Check for seasoning.

Pour some hot risotto in a plate, top it up with some prepared garnish and serve hot.

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