African Banana Puri – Banana Dumpling

I could so do with a Banana Puri right now. Been working really hard on a new project and wishing I had a couple of these to keep me going.
A little blast from the past. Although, I would use grapeseed oil for frying now. Enjoy!

For The Love Of Ghee

My Grandmother’s Recipe

If you’re craving something not too sweet and delicious with your coffee or tea (chaa), this is the recipe for you.  I won’t beat around the bush, but I struggled a little thinking of the best way to describe this to you.  The puri is not, by all means, meant to be soft and fluffy like a beignet or doughnut.  It is rather solid, moist and crunchy all at once.  I ate these puris countless of times during my childhood.  If I had to put a finger on it, I would say the banana puri  to me is the equivalent of a doughnut to some, that is if we were talking about childhood nostalgic foods.

If you’re lucky enough, when you’re frying the puri’s they puff up into these balloon like disks, creating a hollow center.  I love peeling away this layer and eating it…

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Sugar and Ghee

From the Archives… Another favorite! Just made them again today, and they were delicious!

For The Love Of Ghee

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I craved something sugary but not cane sugar sweet.  I had an idea, maybe something with a little more depth – a sweet treat with coconut sugar.  Already my mind was swirling and I began tampering about in my kitchen experimenting.  I thought to myself, “Well, if I was to use coconut sugar I might as well make it gluten free AND add ghee as its base.”  A few days later I came up with this recipe.  This revelation happened months ago and I have since, made it umpteen times and it’s practically begged to be showed off.

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Turmeric and Cumin Spiced Potatoes

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The potato craving usually hits hard in the winter when I need some good ol’ comfort food that will stick to my ribs and satisfy my need for warmth… if only for a while. These potatoes, spiced with turmeric and green chilis does just that.

I would have to agree, sweet potato is the healthier option as it contains a tonne of good stuff, especially vitamins A and C.  I cook with these naturally sugary potatoes often, but for this recipe only a good old fashioned potato will do.  I occasionally cook potatoes much to my husband’s dismay, as he loves them in his curry.  Every now and then I make a potato dish I call ‘batata fry‘. Continue reading

Curry Leaf infused Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving is a holiday we absolutely adore!  It’s my son’s favorite!  We have for several years now celebrated it in our home with the whole shebang.  I brine the turkey for a couple of days and then dry rub it with loads of spices just before shoving it into the oven for several hours.  As it leaves it’s warm cocoon, the golden bird is greeted with all the glory of a coronation, with many eyes feasting on its magnificence. Continue reading

Masala Eggplant in Jersey City

Conjuring up this dish brings back fond memories of living in a highrise apartment in Jersey City, right along the Hudson River. The whiff of the nigella seeds toasting in oil, reminds me of floating blocks of ice gliding across the river in front of me as I peered out of the large windows framing the Manhattan skyline.

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Usually in the evening, with my pots simmering away in my awesome little kitchen – I’d sit near the window and gaze across the river into the city, waiting patiently for my husband to come home. Now, now, don’t get carried away with your imagination, it was not like an Indian movie…and I was surely not wearing a sari. Well not on that day anyway 😉 Continue reading