Nepal potato salad

Ingredients

4 medium size waxy boiling potatoes
4 tbsp ground roasted sesame seeds
4 tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 tsp salt
1 hot green chiles, finely minced
4 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp vegetable oil
Pinch ground asafoetida*
8 to 10 whole fenugreek seeds*
3 tbsp cilantro minced

How to prepare

Boil the potatoes in a big pot. Meanwhile, combine the chiles, salt, lemon juice and ground roasted sesame seeds in a non-metallic bowl. Add the sesame oil just a little at a time and mix in with a wire whisk. Using a metal ladle heat the vegetable oil by holding it over heat. When quite hot, add the asafoetida powder and fenugreek seeds. The fenugreek seeds will start to darken in the hot oil in just a few seconds, when this happens dump it all into the bowl. Mix well, then add the cilantro and mix some more. Check your seasonings. When the potatoes are done, drain and peel while hot (holding with a fork if you need to.) The peel should slide right off. Cut into 3/4″ dice and add to the bowl of dressing. Gently mix to coat all the cubes and finally adjust your seasonings if needed. Let cool, cover and refrigerate. You can eat this after a couple of hours, either cold or room temperature. However, it’s supposed to be much better the next day. It keeps for up to 4 days refrigerated.

* Look for these in an indian or middle-eastern grocery

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Gourmet’s curry crockpot

Ingredients

1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
3 tbs. Butter or vegetable oil
1 lb. Bottom round of beef, cut in 1″ cubes
1 tbs. Ground coriander
1/2 tsp. Ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. Ground ginger
2 cups beef bouillon

How to prepare

To cook: in a large skillet over medium high heat, saut

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Murg naram garam – spicy chicken pot roast

Ingredients

1 whole chicken, cleaned and trussed
12 whole cardamoms, bruised
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
8 peppercorns
3 cloves
1 small cinnamon stick
1 tsp ginger, minced
3-4 dried red chilies
10 scallions, white part only, crushed
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil to med in a heavy bottom vessel. Fry the scallions for 2 minutes, then add cardamoms and fry 1 minute more. Stir in all other ingredients and heat through. Pour in enough water to barely cover and bring to the boil. Add chicken, cover and reduce heat to a hard simmer. Cook 45 minutes, turning at least twice. Remove cover and cook, turning often, till the spice mixture is fairly dry and coats the chicken. Serves: 4 to 6 heat scale: med

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Grilled spiced fish

Ingredients

4 sole filets, skinned
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground coriander
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp chile powder
1 tbsp lemon juice lemon wedges, to garnish

How to prepare

Rinse fish, pat dry with paper towels and place in a shallow non-metal dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix together yogurt, coriander, chile powder, garlic, and lemon juice. Pour over fish. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours to allow fish to absorb flavors. Preheat broiler. Transfer fish to a broiler rack; cook about 8 minutes, until fish just begins to flake, basting with cooking juices and turning over halfway through cooking. Serve hot, garnished with lemon wedges.

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Curry chicken stuffed with celery

Ingredients

3 lb. Chicken cut in pieces
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 small bunch celery cut into 2″ lengths (save the leaves)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp savory

2 tbsp all purpose flour (opt.)

How to prepare

Wash and wipe the chicken and rub the skin all over with curry powder. In the slow cooker make a bed of the celery pieces. Place the chicken in the pot, layered with celery leaves, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and savory. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Before serving: you can serve the chicken plain or turn the cooking liquid into a delicious sauce. Drain the juices from the cooker and skim off and reserve about 1-2 tab.. Of chicken fat. Pour the juices into a small skillet; turn the heat to high and boiled own until there is 1/2-3/4 cup of stock. In another skillet, over low heat, warm the chicken fat and stir the four into it. When you have a smooth paste, pour the cooked down stock into the skillet, stirring quickly to keep the sauce smooth. Simmer 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Place the chicken in a serving dish with the celery pieces around it and pour the sauce over all. Yield: 6-8 servings

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Curried pork chops

Ingredients

8 thin pork chops
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1 tsp vegetable shortening
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 tbsp curry powder
1 cup catsup

1/2 cup worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp cider vinegar
3/4 cup water

How to prepare

Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper; brown in shortening in a large frying pan; remove and set aside. Stir onion and curry powder into drippings in pan; saut

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Potato cakes (aloo roti)

Ingredients

4 large potatoes
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
3 fresh hot green chile peppers
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
3 tbsp butter
vegetable oil for frying

How to prepare

Boil the potatoes in their skins, drain well and peel. Work in a food processor with the flour, salt, seeded and chopped chile peppers, coriander and melted butter to make a soft dough. Be careful not to over-process to the point of the dough becoming a paste that sticks to the processor bowl. Leave in a warm place for about half an hour. Divide into six portions and roll out each to form a disc about 6″ in diameter. These breads can either be cooked on an oiled heavy griddle or lightly fried until each side is nicely brown. Makes 6.

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Cauliflower and potato curry

Ingredients

4 cups potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp salt

Big pinch of sugar
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 tsp garam masala

How to prepare

Add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for approximately six hours.

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Scallops tandoori

Ingredients

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp to 1 tbsp curry powder

1 lb large sea scallops
1 tsp salad oil
paprika

How to prepare

In a non-metallic bowl, combine everything except the oil and paprika. Mix well to coat scallops evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, turning the scallops occasionally. Thread scallops onto skewers and brush lightly with oil. Sprinkle with paprika. Broil or barbecue about 4″ from heat source, turning frequently, about 8-10 minutes. Serve hot with cooked basmati. Makes 4 servings

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Indian-style potatoes

Ingredients

4 waxy boiling potatoes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/8 tsp asafoetida powder
1/2 tsp whole cumin seed
1 or 2 diced hot red peppers (opt)
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 6-oz. Cans v8
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coriander

How to prepare

Boil whole potatoes with the skin until soft. Peel the skin and cut to bite size. In hot oil, put cumin seed, red pepper and asafoetida powder to sizzle. Put in all the potatoes and fry a little, turning. Add salt, turmeric and tomato sauce. Cover and allow to simmer gently 4 to 6 minutes. Asafoetida powder is not your every-day ingredient, but is nearly essential in many indian dishes. It’s considered a flavoring but also a digestive aid. Find it at an indian or middle-eastern grocery, or mail order a small jar. A pinch is usually all that’s ever used. A complete modification. First you heat the oil or ghee (or butter) and cook the spices briefly. Throw in some cut green beans for a few seconds and then diced potatoes and some garlic and onion. Let saut

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