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Indian Corn & Cranberry Succotash

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Have you ever heard of succotash? It’s a corn/bean dish that has come down to Americans from the Native Americans. It was especially popular during the Great Depression becasue corn was cheap and redily available.

Well, there’s not much explain to do here. It’s corn, it’s chili, it’s cranberry and with a little Indian flair. Sweet, spicy and delicious! Great as a holiday side dish or a healthy snack! But, since it’s the winter season (well tomorrow starts winter to be exact), I was kind of ghetto and used canned corn. It really tastes yummy and is easy to just open and saute! Plus, corn is a great source of protein and fiber- just check it here!

Indian Corn Succotash:

  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 4-5 small green chilies, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garam masala (I used Homemade)
  • salt to taste
  • coarse black pepper
  • PAM original flavor
  • grated parmgiano cheese (optional)

1. In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat spray with PAM. Add onions and garlic and saute for about 3-4 minutes. Add chilies and garam masala- mix until combined well and fragrant about 1 minute. Add corn and cranberries. Saute for about another 5 minutes until soft and and cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix in cilantro. Place on a serving dish and top with grated parmigiano (I know weird, but the nuttiness of the parmigiano went well with the spicy Indian flavors of garam masala!)

Want More Indian Vegan? Check these out!

Indian Stuffed Masala Peppers

Tandoori Tofu Masala “Salad”

Spicy Cumin Potatoes with Green Chili Tofu

Creamy Maharashtrian Chole

 
 

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Power Shake for Breakfast

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Ingredients:

Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/power-shake-for-breakfast-18300#ixzz1HXiZDnC3

Directions:

  1. 1 Wash produce.
  2. 2 Juice the mango, oranges and papaya.
  3. 3 Pour juice into a blender, add the banana and liquefy.
  4. 4 Serve and feel the power.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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THYME ROASTED BABY BEETS WITH MINT VINAIGRETTE RECIPE

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It started simply enough.  Innocently enough.

Somehow, someway, somebody snuck not one, not two, but three bunches of baby beets into our home.  Given the fact that I’m a lifelong, card carrying member of the N.A.B.A., otherwise known as the National Anti-Beet Association, I knew the ‘somebody’, was certainly not me.

Growing up, I believed beets were served and eaten one, and only one way:  out of an aluminum can packed by the folks who lived in a town called Del Monte. Those fine folks made fruit cocktail, too.  Even as a little girl, beets were horribly off-putting to me.  To be honest, they scared the bejesus out of me. The gelatinous texture, the pungent smell, the unnameable taste, and an alien color which didn’t match any in my sacred box of 64-Crayola Crayons, the bible of all things pigmented and pretty.

Since then, I’ve had a rather turbulent on-again, off-again relationship with beets.  Every time I think I can commit to a bigger bite, I back off.  And RUN.  With 3 bunches of beets at my mercy, I was in a conundrum.  “Take one more chance on us”, I hear them say. “We promise this time it’ll be different”.  How many times had I heard that before?  Reluctantly, I put them back in the fridge (instead of in a bag on my neighbor’s doorstep) and with no other N.A.B.A. members in sight to commiserate with, I head to the bookstore for an afternoon distraction.

Lo and behold, THE beet recipe of all beet recipes lands in my lap.  Thyme Roasted Baby Beets with Mint Vinaigrette.  THE beet recipe which, in an insanely delicious, hocus-pocus, abracadabra instant, converts me from beet basher to beet worshipper.  Just like magic.  Just like that.  Yes, roasted beets are a now a weekly staple and somebody is very happy about it.

Make sure to use an assortment of beets, not just the old familiar red ones.  Not only are golden and chioggia beets gorgeous to look at, they add a subtle nuance of sweetness to the final dish.  If I can’t make to the farmer’s market, I like buying my beets in the loose bulk bin at Whole Foods.  I can pick and choose the exact mix I want and get only as much as I need for that evening (plus, it costs less than buying them in full bundles).  If you have trouble finding baby beets, medium ones are dandy.  Slice them in half before cooking.  For larger beets, slice into quarters.  Just make sure all pieces are more or less the same size to ensure even cooking.

And whatever you do, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT leave out the fresh mint.  This dish without the mint is like a crème brûlée without its heart-stopping crackly top.  It just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Adapted from Harvest to Heat

 

Source: http://kissmyspatula.com/2011/02/09/thyme-roasted-baby-beets-with-mint-vinaigrette/


 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Vegetables

 

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Sindhi Kadhi Indian Recipe

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Sindhi Kadhi is a dish that is fully rounded and has so many levels of flavor. The hints of sweet and tangy combined with the spiciness and the beautifully colored vegetables is a feast to the eyes and to the hungry stomach. Change out the vegetables, eliminate some you don’t like or add on the ones you love – it’s a very forgiving dish. Enjoy this Sindhi Kadhi with some plain white Basmati Rice and you’ll need little else to satisfy the soul.

 

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients:

Water – 5.5 Cups + .5 Cups
Besan/Chick Pea Flour – 1/3 Cup
Drumsticks – 1 Cup, cut to 1″ length
Carrots – 2 med. peeled, washed and cut
Cauliflower – 2 big florets, cut to bite-size
Green Beans – 10, cut to 1/2″ pieces
Potato – 1 medium, cubed
Green Chillies – 4 or to taste, slit
Small Eggplants – 3, cubed
Oil – 1 tbsp
Methi / Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste
Jaggery – 2 tbsp or to taste
Tamarind – 2 tbsp or to taste
Cilantro – for garnish

Method:

1. In pressure cooker, combine the Chickpea Flour and the 5.5 cups of Water and remove all lumps.
2. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and allow the pressure to release by itself.
3. In a small saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup Water and the Drumsticks and allow them to come to a boil.
4. Once the Water and the Drumsticks have come to a boil, low heat to a simmer and cook till ready to use.
5. In a big open pan, heat Oil on medium heat and add in the Fenugreek Seeds and allow them to sizzle.
6. Add in Turmeric and Red Chilli Powder and immediately after that all the Vegetables (Potatoes, Green Chilies, Carrots, Cauliflower, Beans & Eggplant)
7. Turn the flame up to a high, mix and coat all the Vegetable with the Oil.
8. Cook for about 3 minutes or till the Vegetables get a slight golden brown and lower the heat to a medium.
9. Add in the Chickpea Flour and Water, add the Drumsticks and the water, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
10. Add in the Salt, Jaggery and Tamarind Paste and mix.
11. Increase heat and allow the Kadhi to reduce and thicken up to a thin custard consistency.
12. Garnish with Cilantro and serve with Rice.

 

 
 

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Okra (Bhindi) Raita Recipe

Okra Raita is a medley of crisp, crunch, flavor, coolness, eye-appeal and uniqueness. A little patience takes us a long way and is so worth the effort. Okra is a favorite vegetable for a lot of folks, so enjoy this great combination.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients:

Bhindi /Okra – 1 lb
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Yogurt – 2 cups
Cilantro – few sprigs, chopped fine
Green Chilies – to taste, chopped fine

Method:

1. Wash, wipe and remove the end of the Okra.
2. Using a Food Processor, pulse a few times to chop them.
3. In a wide pan, heat Oil and add Mustard Seeds.
4. Once they pop, add Asafoetida, and the finely chopped Okra.
5. Add Chaat Masala, red Chili Powder and Salt and mix.
6. Reduce heat to a low and cook Okra till it shrinks, gets crunchy and changes color.
7. It will take a while and have patience and keep stirring so there is even cooking.
8. When the Okra gets a dark brown color and it has shrunk quite a bit, it is done.
9. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.
10. In a serving bowl, beat the Yogurt and add Salt, Cilantro & Green Chilies and mix.
11. At time of serving, sprinkle or mix in the Okra.

Tips:
1. Store the Yogurt and Okra separately and mix together right before serving so it retains the crunch.
2. If the Okra looses crunch, place in a oven or toaster oven on low heat for a few minutes.

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Indian Cuisine

 

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Betty’s Broccoli with Cheese Sauce Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Broccoli with Cheese Sauce. This is a quick and easy recipe. Most of it can be made ahead of time and put together at the last minute!

Ingredients:

12-oz. package frozen broccoli cuts (For the amount of cheese sauce I made, you can make (2) 12-oz. packages of frozen broccoli cuts. You may substitute broccoli spears or chopped broccoli, if desired.)
2 cups white sauce (You will find a recipe for white sauce in the video, Quick Tip 93—How to Make White Sauce.)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Place frozen broccoli cuts in a pot containing ½-inch of boiling water. Return to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook broccoli until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 2 cups white sauce until warm. Add 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese to the heated white sauce. Stir, and continue to heat and stir, just until cheese is melted. By this time the broccoli should be done. Drain broccoli through a colander, and place it in a nice serving bowl. Pour the cheese sauce into a pitcher to accompany the broccoli. Alternatively, you may mix the broccoli and cheese sauce together. This makes a bright-colored and healthy food for your table! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 

 

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Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon Recipe by Nigella Lawson

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These are little potato pancakes made with “Smash” instant potato, remember “for mash get smash”

 

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