Haleem, haleem, haleem is what most of my husband’s dreams are made of. He loves this dish with a passion. He claims the best haleem is made in Chicago at a popular Pakistani restaurant and I would have to agree.
Haleem, my friends, is a hearty lamb or beef stew made with bone-in meat cooked in a spicy curry and then thickened with wheat and lentils. The curry is then pulverized into a thick soup and eaten with leavened crusty bread, such as naan, ladened with ghee or eaten with a hearty loaf of bread slathered in butter.
Several weeks ago a friend approached me about making a paleo Haleem. Continue reading
“Nah! It’s not really cold yet!” I’ve been repeating this to myself every day. Well… the weather hasn’t dipped that low yet. Come on, don’t frown – it’s Minnesota for goodness sake! If I complain of the cold, I might as well pack my bags and leave.
Walking to the bus stop yesterday morning was bitterly cold. I felts little streams of tears running down my face and no, I was not crying, my eyes were watering from the bitter wind blowing into them. Continue reading
Raw Turmeric – member of the Rhizome Family
Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric (haldi or hadur)… all the rage now! Everyone wants to talk about turmeric. And why not, there have been loads of evidence-based research that turmeric contains curcumin (not cumin) believed to be a cancer-fighting component. And it is a powerful anti-inflammatory too, amongst others. Continue reading
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.
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