Friday, January 24, 2014

Stir-Fried Beet Greens with Baby Beets & Potatoes

It was a pleasure to find a bundle of baby beets with the greens attached among the groceries my husband brought home the other day. The greens were very fresh, so I used all of it from the baby beets, attached stems and the greens. Knowing how the greens reduce when cooked, I added a russet potato to add bulk. This is a very simple preparation that can be used with any spinach or greens. Bengalis refer to any and all greens as shaak (spinach), including squash greens, beet greens and all other edible greens.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Carolyne's Cassava Cake

Last of the Cassava Cake

Just Baked Cassava Cake
Cassava is a starchy, tuberous root which, when dried to a pearly & powdery extract, is called tapioca. Grated cassava root is available in the frozen section of the Asian market in our neighborhood. 

Carolyne is a Burmese friend who posted this recipe on Facebook. I followed her recipe exactly, except that the cake did not brown sufficiently so I turned off the oven and left the cake in for an extra half an hour until it developed this lovely golden color. Thank you, Carolyne, for your inspiration and for adding another delectable dish to my Burmese food repertoire. While this cake was baking, our home was filled with a wonderful aroma!

Macapuno strings are usually sold in Asian supermarkets. You can also buy it from online stores like Amazon.  But if you can't find macapuno, you can substitute with 1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut plus 1/2 cup water.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Apple Amish Friendship Bread

Apple Sheet Cake

It disappears quickly!
This is a great bread to make when there are lots of delicious, crisp Fuji apples and it will feed a crowd! This recipe makes 2 loaves, but I decided to make a sheet cake instead and baked it in a 9" x 13" glass pan.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Burmese Spicy Shrimp with Cilantro

A quick and easy shrimp dish that is pumped with maximum flavor. It was inspired by Ma Makhemarus' Spicy Shrimp with Burmese Basil with a few adaptations. I had to substitute oyster sauce for fish sauce, cilantro for basil and green chili sauce for green chilies. Also added tomatoes and tomato paste.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Stir-Fried Carrots & Potatoes Flavored with Dried Fenugreek

Gajar, Alu Aur Kasuri Methi Ki Sabzi
I've made this vegetable preparation before using fresh dill which tasted wonderful! The original recipe used fresh fenugreek greens which I replaced with the dried form.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Baked Cauliflorets Tossed in Sweet Chili Sauce

A quick-cooking baked cauliflower side dish that uses five ingredients and is so easy to prepare.

Masoor Dal with Onions & Tomatoes

Red Lentils with Onions & Tomatoes
A very simple lentil dish that cooks up in less than 20 minutes.

Fish with Sweet Potatoes in Red Curry Sauce

This Thai-inspired fish curry uses a red curry paste along with coconut milk for its sauce. I've used only one Tbsp. of the curry paste, but it should be used according to taste. Use more if you wish the sauce to be more spicy. Any variety of fish fillets that are in season and available could be used in this dish.