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

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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

Dhokri or Dhokla – Steamed Savoury Cake

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Dhokri is my comfort food… I ate a lot of it whilst growing up and could count on there being a plateful of dhokri at any given event.  Apart from being a delicious mouthful Dhokri does make for the perfect finger food.  The lemony yellow snack would shine away as if peeking out from behind a cloud – heavy with rain. The tangy sponginess accompanied by the snappy crunch of the sesame seeds, laced with the herby aroma of the cilantro will have you salivating unapologetically.

Dhokri is a slightly spicy and tangy savory snack mostly made in Gujarati homes.  It has the texture of a light sponge cake.  The bulk of the recipe is made with chickpea flour and the dough is tied with either buttermilk or yogurt, along with several spices and left to ferment overnight.  It’s then steamed in trays, cooled, cut and garnished with fresh cilantro, sesame and black mustard seeds.  It does seem kind of daunting at first, but believe me once you get the hang of it, it’s ‘putsy peasy’. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Sugar and 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. Continue reading