Friday, November 29, 2013

Color for Black Friday- Stuffed Butternut Squash

a traditional touch, baked butternut squash stuffed with brown rice and chickpeas, spiced with black pepper and cumin. The crown: blue agave cranberry sauce- simmered with cinnamon and clove. What flavor!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Masala Dosa- a Feast for Thanksgiving

Of course, there was sambar, fresh coconut chutney and tomato-onion chutney!
Thin, crisp dosa takes skill and patience to master, and here you are! That too, from scratch! Thanks Vita Mix!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Spicy Smoked Bourbon Baked Acorn Squash

When bourbon is not on the rocks, it  glides on squash: these slices are brushed with bourbon, balsamic vinegar and spices: nutmeg and smoked paprika. Whoa- way to eat your vegetables!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mame Miso- Fitting the Weather

Delectably flavorful, fresh and soothing- this miso soup is so easy to assemble. Bok Choy, leeks, tofu and good quality mame miso paste-  a tad of ginger root slightly toasted in sesame oil- makes a lunch full. And light.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chili Rellenos- a Twist to the Classic

Here is an egg free alternative to the classical chili rellenos: batter made with chickpea flour, in the same manner Indian bajji batter is made. As a matter of fact, I found this batter better tasting and crisper than the egg one. Shhhhh...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stir Fried Noodles, Eggplant and Tomato Stufeed Bell Peppers, Goat Cheese Topped

These Ramen style stir fried noodles, eggplant and tomato stuffed bell peppers are seasoned with herbs, then baked in a bath of spicy bouillon, topped with goat cheese  and broiled to a golden chewy texture.
Although the rice stuffed bell pepper is more common in Moldova, this was received with a unanimous expression of approval! How could it not?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Deepavali Feast- of Light, Colors, and Taste

Nothing like a homemade meal on Deepavali (Diwali), followed with what could pass in the Guiness Book of Word Records as The Most Sinful Desert- Gulab Jamun! But Deepavali without sweets is like a fox without tail (just made that up)!

Drumstick and carrot sambar, garlic tomato tasam, beets, potato and spinach curry, okra curry, curd, spice and pickle! Did I mention RICE? We have leftovers. Good news for a Sunday.

One day late for posting, but took the family to the Denver Botanical Gardens for a treat for the eyes, plus two Diwali events here in town.

Happy Deepavali

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spinach Pakora and Vada- with a Twist

Probably the best example of the vanishing Indian snack: by the time the cook deep fries the last batch, the rest is GONE! I have witnessed it many times, last one was right here, in this very place.

The pakoras carry a twist: the traditional ones are made dipped in chickpea flour batter, while these are made with cooked and  ground chickpeas- same dough as for kofta/ vada/ name it.

Spices of your liking: black pepper, chili, and a hoard of other ones. Tamarind chutney: a must. At least here.

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