Cloves (lavang or laung) are the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree. It’s heady aroma immediately wafts out of my spice box when it’s opened. It has a strong distinct woodsy smell, and a bite into the bud will immediately release a warm sweet heat in your mouth.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to teach a class on Indian Spices to a bunch of very enthusiastic participants! It was such a fun class to teach. After sharing my knowledge of the various Indian spices with everyone, they made a curry in class and were confident enough to experiment with the spices at home too.
Here’s a couple of photos from the class. Some photos are courtesy of the participants.
A sample of spices
Gulgullas stuffed with cherries and chocolate
Summer is zooming by and I’m struggling to hold onto it’s tail strings. Ramadan is almost over and a single Ramadan celebratory food post has not appeared on Fortheloveofghee. A friend suggested a Ramadan post at the beginning of the month, which I was all for… well… in my head anyway!
So with out further ado and less than a week before Eid, heres a recipe you can indulge on in the next few days. My recipe for gulgoolas, a fried sweet fritter, is eaten at the beginning of the meal after breaking fast with a glass of milk and fresh dates.
Gulgoolas are usually made sans the Cherries and Dark Chocolate, but I just couldn’t help myself…what?? with all the fresh cherries practically being thrown at me at the grocery store and my kids eternal craving for chocolate… I just had to succumb to what the season was offering… Continue reading
Everyone claims to have that perfect banana cake or banana bread recipe and of course, I had to get on that band wagon too…. BUT WAIT! Before you hit the back button. Read a my slightly creative approach on writing this recipe, it’s a fun recipe you will love reading… as well as making… come on it has GHEE in it!! I’ve been working on writing this recipe for a bit and I absolutely loved it! so here goes…
Once a Week Banana Cake
I burst through the garage door into the warmth of the laundry room, simultaneously shrugging off my jacket, tugging off my shoes and dumping my bag in its spot. I stop for a brief moment to toss my coat onto the rack and correct the alignment of my shoes, perpendicular to the door – ok… that’s good.
I step into the kitchen and slow down just enough to let the warm sudsy water rid the unseen dirt off my hands, before engulfing them into the plush yellow towel – hey, they deserve luxury too.
I yank open the fridge and pull out a stick of butter* from its boxed container and rip off the paper its so carefully encased in. A quick zap, maybe 9 seconds? Yes, perfect – it’s at room temperature. I unduly toss the stick into the beloved stand mixer and turn it on low.
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. Continue reading