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Indian Carrot Curry (Gadjar Kari)

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Country of the Food: India | Email to Author               Posted on 20 April 2003 @ 10:20:47

1/4 c Margarine or vegetable oil
1 tb Cumin seeds
1 1/2 ts Yellow mustard seeds
1 1/2 ts Ground turmeric
1 ts Ground cardamom
1 ts Curry powder
1/2 ts Ground cloves
1/4 ts Cayenne
1 lb Carrots; peeled and sliced
1 md Banana; peeled and sliced
1/4 c Golden raisins
1 c Water
About 1 ts salt
Ground black pepper
Chopped parsley or coriander -for garnish

Heat the margarine in a large nonreactive pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric, cardamom, curry powder, cloves and cayenne, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the carrots and saute until lightly coloured, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the banana and raisins. Add the water, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, cover , reduce the heat to low and simmer until the carrots are tender, but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to medium, and cook shaking frequently untilmost of the liquid is evaporated and the carrots and raisins are glazed, 5 to 10 minutes.


Spicy Indian Potatoes

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2 Large Potatoes
Crushed Black Peppercorns
Dried Green Mango Powder (Amchoor or Umchoor)

Cut potatoes into shoestrings (ie thin fries). Pan fry in oil. Remove to serving platter. Sprinkle liberally with crushed black peppercorns and green mango powder.


Spiced Beets & Carrots

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Country of the Food: Indian | Email to Author               Posted on 20 April 2003 @ 10:21:43

1 lb Beets (about 4 medium)
1 lb Carrots, sliced
2 tb Grated fresh gingerroot
1/2 c Brown sugar
1/2 c Orange juice
1/4 c Cider vinegar
Grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/2 ts Mace

Wash the beets well and cut off the leaves, leaving an inch or so of stem. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer, covered until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and cover with cool or lukewarm water.

When cool enough to handle, slip off the skins. Cut the beets into slices or chunks. Peel and cut the carrots into slices or chunks, resemling the beets in size and style. Steam or boil in lightly salted water about 5 minutes or until tender but not soft. Drain. Combine the ginger, sugar, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest and spices in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until thickened. Simmer the cooked beets and carrots in this sauce for about 5 minutes.


East Indian Vegetable Casserole

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2 tb Butter or margarine
1 c Rice,long-grain,uncooked
3/4 c Celery,diagonally sliced
3/4 c Raisins,dark,plumped
1/4 ts Nutmeg,ground
2 Bouillon cubes,beef
1/2 c Nuts,chopped dry-roasted
3/4 c Onion,chopped
1 c Green pepper,coarse chopped
3/4 c Carrot,sliced
1/4 ts Cardamom,ground
1/4 ts Tabasco sauce
2 c Water,boiling
1 pk Mozzarella cheese,slice(8oz)

Melt butter in a large saucepan; sauce onion until transparent. Add rice; mix well.Stir in green pepper, celery, carrot, raisins, cardamom, nutmeg and Tabasco sauce. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water; add to rice mixture. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart casserole; cover tightly.

Bake in preheated 350'F. oven 30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and vegetables are tender. Remove from oven; sprinkle with nuts and arrange cheese slices over top. Place under broiler 3 minutes, or until cheese melts. NOTE: To plump raisins, drop into boiling water; let stand 5 minutes, then drain.


Indian Curried Peas

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2 ts Oil 2 ts Butter or margarine
1 c Minced onions
1 Clove garlic
1 sl Gingerroot, 1/2-in thick, -peeled
1 ds Caraway seeds
1/2 ts Salt
1 ds Black pepper
1 ds Ground turmeric
1/4 c Tomato puree
10 oz Pkg frozen peas or 1 lb Fresh peas
1 ds Ground coriander
1/8 ts Ground cumin
1/8 ts Red pepper
1 1/4 c Sliced mushrooms
Plain yogurt (optional)
Sweet chutney (optional)

Heat oil and butter in large heavy skillet. Add onions and saute until tender. Puree garlic and ginger in blender with small amount of water and add to onions. Add caraway seeds, salt, pepper and turmeric. Cook 8 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking and scorching. Add tomato puree and heat through. Add peas and simmer 5 minutes. Add coriander, cumin and red pepper and cook 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, cover and cook 10 minutes longer, or until mushrooms are tender. Serve with yogurt and sweet chutney, if desired.


Indian Lentil & Vegetable Stew (Mjeddrah)

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3 c Water
8 oz Dried lentils (1 1/4C)
2 md Potatoes, peeled, 1" cubes
1 md Onion, chopped
1 Stalk celery, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, fine chop
1 tb Finely snipped parsley
1 tb Instant beef bouillon
1 ts Salt
1 ts Ground cumin
2 md Zucchini, 1/2-in slices
Lemon wedges

Lentils come in a rainbow of colors: red, yellow, orange, green and brown. Choose any of them for this vegetable stew. Heat water and lentils to boiling in Dutch oven. Reduce heat. Cover and cook until lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in potatoes, onion, celery, garlic, parsley, bouillon, salt and cumin. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in zucchini. Cover and cook until zucchini is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.


Indian Potato Curry

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15 Baby potatoes
2 Zucchini for cooking
1/2 Onion finely sliced
Pce ginger finely sliced
2 Cloves garlic finely sliced

2 Red onions finely sliced
2 ts Sweet paprika
1 ts Cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly grnd pepper
2 sm Chillies seeded finely slicd
Fresh coriander leaves chpp
1/2 ts Garam masala
1/2 ts Ground cumin
1/2 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Cayenne pepper
30 Fresh peas podded
250 Ml coconut cream
1/2 bn Coriander
300 g Natural yoghurt
1/2 Continental cucumber
1/2 bn Fresh mint
2 Ripe tomatoes
1 ts Cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly grnd pepper
Juice of 1 lemon

To make onion relish, in a bowl combine onion, spices, seasonings and lemon juice, then squeeze them with your fingers. Let sit for an hour. Just before serving mix through coriander to taste.

In a saucepan of lightly salted water, boil potatoes, in their skins, until just cooked. Allow to cool, then cut them in half. Slice zucchini on the bias into 5mm thick slices. Saute onion, ginger, garlic and chilli until soft. Add spices and fry for 30 seconds. Add all the vegetables, toss well and add coconut cream bit by bit as they cook.

To make raita, put yoghurt in fine sieve and leave to strain for 15 mins. Grate cucumber with skin on. Chop mint leaves. Peel, seed and dice tomatoes. Combine vegetables with yoghurt and seasonings. Chill. Chop coriander leaves. When vegetables are cooked and a thick sauce has formed, add coriander and lemon juice to taste.


Indian Vegetable Curry

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1/4 c Veg Oil
1 pn Mustard seeds
1 1/2 ts Ginger, grated
1 lg Yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 ea Green chiles, seeded
2 1/2 ts Coriander, ground
2 1/2 ts Cumin, ground
1/4 ts Turmeric
1 sm Potato, cubed
2 ea Carrots, cubed
1 ea Eggplant, cubed
1/4 lb Green beans, chopped
2 ea Green bell peppers, chopped
2 ts Salt
1 pn Sugar
1 1/2 c Coconut milk
4 tb Cilantro, chopped
1/4 ts Paprika

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry mustard seeds until they pop. Add ginger, onion , chiles; fry for 2 minutes. Stirring constantly, add coriander, cumin, turmeric; cook gently for a few seconds longer.

Add the vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Add salt, sugar and coconut milk. Cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Mix in the cilantro and sprinkle with the paprika before serving. Garnish with toasted coconut.


Indian Salsa

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11 Tomatillos, husked and -and finely chopped
4 lg Ripe tomatoes, finely -chopped
3/4 c Finely chopped onion
6 Jalapeno peppers, seeded, -deveined and finely chopped
1/2 c Fresh cilantro, finely -chopped
1 ts Freshly squeezed lime juice

Toss together all the ingredients in a bowl. Allow to marinade about 1 hour to bring out the full flavor. Serve cold or at room temperature.


Indian Carrot Salad

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1 tb Corn oil
1 tb Lime juice
1/2 ts Cumin; ground
1/2 ts Cinnamon
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 ts Garlic; minced
4 c Carrots; sliced & cooked
1/2 c Wheat sprouts or cooked Wheat berries; for garnish

Whisk oil and lime juice together in large bowl. Whisk in cumin, cinnamon, salt and garlic. Sir in carrot. Cover and refregerate until cold. Serve chilled, garnished with wheat sprouts.


Indian Summer Tomato Salad

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4 lg Tomatoes, sliced
1 tb Lime juice
2 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 ts Cumin seeds
1/4 ts Fennel seeds
1 ea Dried hot chili pod
2 tb Cilantro, chopped
Salt & pepper

Arrange tomato slices on a platter. Sprinkle with lime juice. Warm oil in a small pot over moderate heat. Add cumin, fennel & chili pod, cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat, discard pod and cool. Whisk in the cilantro; spoon seasoned oil over tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. If it sits, the flavour will intensify.


Indian Tamarind Chutney

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2 ml Tamarind cake
3/4 c Boiling water
1/3 c Raisins
1 tb Sugar
1 ts Roasted, ground cumin seeds
1 ts Lemon juice
1/4 To 1/2 teaspoon powdered -hot red chile pepper or -cayenne
Salt to taste

Combine tamarind and boiling water; let soak for at least 1 hour. Soak the raisins in 1/3 cup hot water for 1 hour.

Puree the raisins in a blender and set aside. Squeeze the tamarind with fingers to break it up; push through a sieve held over a bowl, rubbing as much of the pulp through as possible. Scrape the back of the sieve to collect all the pulp remaining there. Stir in the pureed raisins and all the remaining ingredients. Blend the mixture well, cover and let stand at room temperature for several hours. Serve with fried foods and savory pastries.


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