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
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.
As promised, I am sticking to my plan of introducing one spice at a time to My Spice Cupboard and heres one more – Coriander.
Coriander (dhaania) Seeds are the seeds of a mature cilantro plant. The tannish yellow globes are very light in weight and have a subtle citrus flavor. They are grown in Europe and in India too. The coriander seeds grown in India tend to have a more of a citrusy flavor. When selecting them at the store, they 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