Refreshing Salmon and Arugula Salad

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Crunchy, refreshing and chocfull of protein.  I simply can’t get enough of this salad.  I’ve literally been shoving tonnes of it down my throat recently, its kinda scary. And to tell you frankly, I really Continue reading

State Fair Cilantro Chutney – Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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It’s been way too long since I blogged, almost 4 months – I know… that’s just terrible!  I did try though 😉

As you all know, I started my business “Shamim’s Pantry” earlier this year and it has taken off to a good start!  I make my ghee from local grass-fed butter from a farm here in the Midwest.  And because Continue reading

Almost Paleo Haleem – Hearty and Spicy Lamb Stew

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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.

 

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Several weeks ago a friend approached me about making a paleo Haleem.   Continue reading

Coriander in My Spice Cupboard

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 seeds

Coriander (dhania) 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

Cumin in My Spice Cupboard

Cumin, can be added to many curries as a seed or ground into a powder. In fact, one of the popular spices in most curries IS cumin, believe it or not.

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are slightly crescent shaped with ridges appearing lengthwise around them.  Don’t let the seeds fool you, they may look dry and dusty but the magic is all inside.  In seed form they taste earthy with pungent undertones.

Cumin seeds are used either at the initial stage of cooking a curry or they are popped in hot oil and sprinkled at the end as a garnish.  The hot oil enhances the deep and nutty aroma of the spice. The flavor of the cumin really kicks in when it is cooked.

The most dramatic of techniques, to intensify its flavor, would be to fry it in a little oil or ghee, at a really high temperature until it starts popping. Becareful not to burn them at this stage. If you do, it is best to throw it out and restart with some fresh oil. Continue reading