|Paneer & Apple Payesh|
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
|Green Beans Kasundi|
Kasundi is a fiery mustard sauce that originates in West Bengal in India. It is used as a condiment at the Indian table for dipping fried foods and as a sauce for stir-fried spinach. Today I decided to spice up my green beans dish with a dollop of this sauce. Taken on its own, it imparts a pungent flavour of mustard that can make your sinuses flow.
Even though there is no comparison between the two, if kasundi is not available, try substituting with coarse-ground dijon mustard.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|Stewed Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes|
Inspired by: Kumar Arun of Sikandalous Cuisine. https://www.facebook.com/
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Monday, August 24, 2015
|Musuri Dal Begun Diye|
Saturday, August 22, 2015
|Phool Kopi Karaishuti Posto|
White poppy seed (posto in Bengali) is very versatile and can be added to any combination of vegetables. It is especially tasty with cauliflower and peas.
This dish was introduced to me by my sister, Rene, who lives in Toronto in Canada. I specifically remember the evening she made this on one of my visits to Toronto. She had also made Chicken Razala whose leftovers she told me she'd packed for my husband to have when I got back home to Michigan.
At the U.S. border, a female customs official questioned me about what food I was carrying in the car and I told her about the chicken. She asked me to pop the trunk and examined the ice chest, came back to me in a fit of anger and informed me that she could impound my car. Really startled, I asked her what the problem was and she said she found some cauliflower along with the chicken. I told her to take the entire contents of the ice chest and throw everything in the trash, for all I cared. Honestly! Give a woman a little bit of power and she's likely to go bonkers!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Skinless and boneless chicken thighs come in packages of 12-16 pieces at Sam's Club so I cut each into bite-size pieces, marinate them in ginger & garlic paste, salt, Kashmiri mirch and oil, divide them into 4 separate Ziploc bags and freeze them. The night before cooking a chicken dish, I transfer a bag of marinated chicken from the freezer to the refrigerator so that the chicken is completely thawed. A couple of hours before cooking, I take the package out of the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature on the kitchen counter.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|Mango & Tapioca Pudding|
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
|Mango Kyauk Kyaw|
Kyauk Kyaw made with just coconut milk is supposed to separate into two layers, a transparent layer on the bottom and opaque on the top where the cream settles. I've been experimenting with Kyauk Kyaw for quite a few years and have not been able to create this layered effect. I think it may be because I've always used canned coconut milk instead of fresh. So making two separate layers of mango and coconut milk gives me great satisfaction.
Agar agar is available in strands or powder form. I've used Telephone brand of the powder which is really convenient. For this dessert only 3 teaspoons of the powder was used which was only about a quarter of the packet. It's important to thoroughly dissolve the powdered agar agar in cold water before bringing it to a boil to avoid clumps. The mango layer is made first, poured into the serving dish and allowed to come to room temperature by which time it sets. The coconut layer is then poured over the mango layer to get a two-tiered effect.
Gelatin takes hours to set in the refrigerator. Agar agar sets once it comes to room temperature in less than half an hour and needs refrigeration only to chill. Chilled kyauk kyaw tastes better so make sure to refrigerate it overnight before serving.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
|Pickled Cucumbers & Jalapenos|
1 English seedless cucumber, sliced & tossed with salt
4 Tbsp. white balsamic or plain vinegar
4 Tbsp. sugar or Splenda or half sugar half Splenda
1 tsp. finely ground chili flakes
- Do not peel the cucumber.
- Toss cucumber slices with salt and leave in sieve to drain overnight in fridge.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Chill in fridge overnight before serving.