Aloo Jeera

Submitted by Jayashree T. Rao
Serves 4

Aloo JeeraAsafoetida may look like a typo, but it’s a dried latex derived from roots used in middle eastern cuisine.  It’s supposed to taste similar to leeks when cooked.

Aloo Jeera
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Ingredients
  • ½ kg. potatoes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. Take a microwave safe bowl, add oil with cumin, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  2. Microwave for thirty seconds. Put the potato pieces into it.
  3. Microwave on 600 Watt power for five minutes. Stir in between.
  4. Add salt and mix well. Continue to microwave for another ten minutes.
  5. It gives a nice crisp look. Add chili powder and give a toss.
  6. You can again microwave for 30 seconds if you wish.

 

Kerala Style Beef Stew

Once you’ve added the coconut milk, be sure not to boil it too long or else the milk may curdle. You can substitute yogurt or plain milk for the coconut milk for health reasons.  Thank you to Chacko’s Kitchen for submitting this recipe.

Kerala Style Beef Stew
 
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Indian
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs beef
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 c. shallots
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 c. coconut milk
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2-1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2-4 green chilies
  • 4 cloves
  • 1-1/2" cinnamon stick
  • 6 green cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean & cut the beef into 1″ cubes. Drain.
  2. Peel & finely slice the shallots.
  3. Finely slice the tomatoes & store separately.
  4. Peel, wash, & cut the potato & carrot into 1″ cubes.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil in a non-stick pan. Add the Garam Masala ingredients (cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, & star anise) & saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add shallots (reserving about 1 tbsp) & saute until translucent, taking about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the drained, cubed beef, potato, & carrot along with the turmeric, salt, & pepper. Saute until all sides are seared & lightly caramelized and browned.
  8. Add the tomatoes, green chilies, & ½ the coconut milk. Transfer to a pressure cooker & cook on high heat until 1 whistle, reducing to a medium flame. Continue to cook for 20 minutes & then 10 more minutes on low flame.
  9. In a separate non-stick pan, heat the remaining oil & saute the reserved shallots & curry leaves. Add the remainder of the coconut milk & bring to a boil on medium heat. Remove from heat.

 

Zucchini Relish

Michelle Says: This is better than pickle relish!

Zucchini Relish
 
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Recipe type: Condiments
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Ingredients
  • 10 c. small-medi zucchini
  • 4 c. onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 2½ c. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Grind or chop finely the zucchini, onions, red & green peppers. Add salt.
  2. Let stand in a covered bowl overnight. After letting stand, drain & rinse in cold water. Drain again.
  3. Add remainder of ingredients. Cook 30 minutes until hot & lightly bubbling, stirring often.
  4. To seal in jars, place mixture into scalding pint jars. Close with hot seals & place, upside down, on a clean town until cool.

 

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Modified Agli e Olio

Submitted by Johnboy
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 pkg angel hair pasta turmeric
Olive Oil salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the angel hair pasta, slightly overcooked. It should take about 8 minutes or so.
  2. Drain the pasta & place in a bowl.
  3. Add olive oil & place a liberal sprinkling of turmeric on top. At least cover the top.
  4. Put on a light amount of pepper, freshly ground is best. Toss all spices until evenly mixed. Salt to taste.

Moroccan Lamb & Fruit Stew

Submitted by serenityn0w
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

1-2 tsp crushed dried red pepper ¾ tsp ground turmeric
¾ tsp ground ginger ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ c. tsp salt 2 lbs. well trimmed, boneless leg of lamb, cut into
2 tbsp olive oil or cooking oil 1″-1½” pieces
2 large onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14 oz. can beef broth 1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cold water 1 c. pitted dates
1 c. dried apricots Hot cooked couscous or rice
¼ c. toasted slivered almonds Orange peel curl (optional)

Directions

  1. In a shallow mixing bowl combine crushed red pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, & salt. Coat meat with seasoning mixture. 
  2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown meat, one-third at a time, in the hot oil. Transfer meat to a 3½ or 4 qt. electric slow cooker. Add onions & garlic; stir to combine. Pour beef broth over all.
  3. Cover & cook on low-heat setting for 7-9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3½-4½ hours or until meat is tender. 
  4. Skim fat from the surface of the juices in the slow cooker. Stir cornstarch into the cold water; stir into crockery cooker.
  5. Add dates & apricots; stir to combine. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Cover & cook for 30 minutes more or until mixture is slightly thickened & bubbly.
  6. To serve, spoon stew atop hot couscous or rice. Top with almonds. If desired, garnish with orange peel curls.