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

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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

Beef Curry

A little something from For The Love of Ghee’s Archives! A good old curry is enough to keep you nice and toasty!

For The Love Of Ghee

My Mum’s Recipe

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This is a long overdue recipe that has finally made it on For The Love of Ghee.  So, for those of you out there who wanted this recipe, here it its!

This basic beef curry is quite delicious, and yet again easy to make.  The prep time is definitely quick.  It does however need a significant amount of cooking time.  Therefore,  I would suggest making this on the weekend, obviously it being a little less mayhem than a weeknight.

Needless to say, it is rather delicious reheated the next day or saved for later in the week.  Frankly the curry tastes great, cold or warm, stuffed into a sandwich and served alongside a pickle and chips or eaten warm with a hot slice of toast or roti.

However, I would suggest eating the curry atop a pile of rice with a pickled condiment of choice…

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Achaari Chicken – Chicken with Spicy Mango Pickle

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“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

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