Oct03

Indian Dinner Party

I am celebrating! Aside from making it into the 3rd round of Project Food Blog – thank you all for your votes! – I am celebrating the release of a new book by my favorite fiction author, Deanna Raybourn.  Her Lady Julia series, set in Victorian England, feature the exploits of Lady Julia and private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane.  In each book they must discover who is behind any number of nefarious deeds.  They are...

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Sep13

Paneer Potato Cakes

In the last few months I have discovered a few new ingredients that I absolutely love! The first of these is a spice called asafoetida, a deeply pungent smelling spice that, when cooked, adds a smooth onion flavor.   A little of this spice makes a big difference as far as complexity of flavor is concerned.  The other ingredient is chickpea flour.  I was inspired to try this from a cooking show where the presenter made sweet potato...

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Mar30

Chicken Tikka Masala

  I have been craving Indian food lately and it has been an excellent opportunity to try out some new recipes and dig out some old favorites.  It has been an adventure, trying different blends of spices, different cooking techniques, and working out what I like and what needs tweaking. Chicken tikka masala is one of my favorite dishes to order at Indian restaurants.  When I try a new place I order the chicken tikka masala and use it...

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Mar13

Aloo Paratha

When I was taking my Breads & Rolls class last year in culinary school we made an Indian bread called Aloo Paratha. It is a wheat bread dough that is filled with a curried potato mixture, rolled flat and cooked on a hot griddle. They were, in a word, delicious!     I have thought of them fondly, but had not gotten around to making them when the curry bug bit one afternoon. I had potatoes, I had Indian spices, and I had wheat...

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Mar04

Curry Crusted Chicken Thighs

I love Indian flavors, but I don’t always have the time, or the foresight, to marinade a bag of chicken for a day or two during the week.  Some nights I need curry, and I need it fast.  This recipe is perfect because it take about five minutes to prep but yields chicken that tastes like it has been soaking up curry marinade all day. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they stay moist after being roasted in a very hot...

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Feb27

Naan

For the most part, I have had a lot of luck with bread recipes.  If it does not work out the way I want on the first try I begin the tweaking process.  It is not always fast but I get there in the end.  I say for the most part because I have had one bread nemesis.  One bread that, no matter how I tried, would never work out the way I wanted.   That bread was the delicious Indian flat bread called naan. Naan is my nemesis no longer. ...

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