Thanksgiving 2018

Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Follow the link below for recipe. This recipe makes a center piece for vegetarian thanksgiving. Use sauce from recipe as gravy. http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/whole-roasted-cauliflower-with-poblano-vinaigrette-and-goat-cheese-cream-clinton-Kelly. Serve with nan and/or plain rice.

 

 

Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients
  • 4 large or 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Directions
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Transfer them to a Dutch oven or a large soup pot. Cover the potatoes with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot and let potatoes cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine milk, heavy cream and 4 tablespoon of butter in a small sauce pan and warm it.
  3. Drain potatoes once they are cooked and transfer them to same pot. On low heat, mash the potatoes with a potato masher or a ricer. Stir in half of milk mixture with mashed potatoes. If mashed potatoes are dry add more milk until potatoes have creamy consistency. Save some milk if you are not going to serve mashed potatoes immediately. Season with remaining salt and pepper.

 
Mexican Corn Stuffing

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups corn bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped, green, light green and white part separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, minced
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco or finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup or more vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out corn bread cubes in even layer into two baking pans. Bake corn bread cubes until bread is almost dry, 25 to 30 minutes. Let bread cool down.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil and 2 tablespoons butter until butter is melted. Add white and light green parts of scallions and sauté it for a minute. Add garlic, green chili, red pepper and corn. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, pepper and paprika. Sauté vegetables for 2-3 minutes to soften them slightly. Let vegetables cool down for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise and vegetable stock. Add corn bread, ¼ cup cheese and vegetables, and stir until bread and vegetables are well coated. Add more stock if mixture looks too dry.
  4. Butter 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Transfer stuffing to buttered baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake stuffing for 35 to 45 minutes until top is browned.
  5. Before serving garnish with green part of scallions and cilantro.

 
Charred Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 navel orange
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup cilantro or parsley leaves
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Wash and trim Brussels sprouts. In food processor with a slice blade, slice Brussels sprouts.
  2. Heat large cast iron pan on high heat. Transfer Brussels sprouts to pan and sauté them until they are charred in several places, 10 to 12 minutes. Add minced ginger and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Let Brussels sprouts cool down for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cut orange segments. Squeeze juice from remaining orange. Add maple syrup and season with salt and pepper. Combine juice and orange segments with olive oil.
  4. Add cooled Brussels sprouts and stir with dressing. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle pomegranate seeds and cilantro or parsley.

 
Cranberry Chutney
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Apple Pie Bars
You can find the recipe on NYTimes Cooking.

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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

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Pav (bread) Bhaji (mixed vegetables) is a street food available all over India. The bhaji should be soft and mashed which you can scoop up with a pav. This recipe uses small quantity of variety of vegetables which is great use of left over vegetables. You can also use left over mashed potatoes for this recipe.
Ingredients
  • Quarter of cabbage, shredded
  • 3 to 4 florets cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 Japanese eggplant or ½ of large eggplant, peeled and ½ inch diced
  • ½ dhoodhi (Indian squash), peeled, deseeded and ½ inch diced (optional)
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 large red onions, finely diced (reserve ½ cup for serving)
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes, ¼ inch diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
  • ¾ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters for serving
  • 6 soft buns (pav), any kind
  • Butter for brushing on buns
Directions
  1. Combine cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, eggplant and doodhi in a large microwave safe bowl or large soup pot or Dutch oven. Cook vegetables in microwave (7 to 8 minutes) or stove top (10 to 12 minutes) until soft. Vegetables will release some liquid, keep that liquid. Mashed vegetables with potato masher and set aside. (You can use same soup pot or Dutch oven to make bhaji. You can transfer cooked and mashed vegetables to a mixing bowl).
  2. Heat oil or butter on a medium high heat in a large soup pot or a Dutch oven until oil is shimmering and butter is melted, 2 minutes. Lower heat to medium, add garlic and sauté it until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onions and sauté them until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Next add all dry spices except pav bhaji masala and sauté with onions and garlic for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and sauté them until softened, 2 minutes.
  3. Add mashed potatoes and combine with sautéed vegetables. Let potatoes warm through before adding rest of mashed vegetables, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add rest of mashed vegetables, season with salt, stir and cover with a lid. Let bhaji cook for 7 to 10 minutes on low heat until flavors meld, stirring frequently. If bhaji is sticking to bottom, add some water. Uncover, add peas, pav bhaji masala and let bhaji cook for 5 to 6 minutes on low heat.
  4. Spread butter on buns and toast them on a griddle or frying pan until light golden brown but still soft.
  5. Serve hot bhaji with pav (buns). Garnish individual serving of bhaji with 1 tablespoons of cilantro. Serve reserved onion and lime on side.

 

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Undhiyu

Undhiyu

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This mixed vegetables recipe is quintessential Gujarati dish. It is a very famous dish from city of Surat in Gujarat. The variety of green beans called papadi used in this recipe are named after the city. The fresh papadi is available mostly in winter months in India. In US it is mostly available frozen in Indian grocery stores along with other vegetables. Most of the time, undhiyu is cooked on stove top but it is also cooked underground in a clay pot called matalu covered with food fire, known as matala undhiyu.
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. frozen Surati papadi, thawed
  • ½ lb. frozen Surati papadi lilva, thawed
  • ¼ lb. frozen tuver lilva, thawed
  • ¼ lb. frozen ratalu (purple yam), thawed
  • 4 Indian eggplants
  • 4 small yellow or red potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, 1 inch diced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain seeds
  • 4 teaspoons green garlic or 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies, finely minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 recipe fried methi muthia
Masala (Spice mixture):
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground peanuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut
Directions
  1. Wash eggplants and potatoes, and pat dry. Make an X cut on ⅓ of eggplant on stemless side, keeping the stem. Make an X cut on ⅓ of potato on one side. Repeat the same with rest of eggplants and potatoes.
  2. Combine spice mixture plus 2 tablespoons of cilantro, 1 tablespoon minced chili, 2 teaspoons garlic and 2 tablespoons oil into a medium mixing bowl. Set aside ½ of spice mixture. Gently widen an eggplant and stuff it by gently pushing stuffing down by hand. Try not to break it and not over stuff it. Repeat the same with rest of eggplants and potatoes. If any stuffing remains, add it to set aside spice mixture.
  3. Heat remaining oil on a medium-high heat in a roasting pan or a Dutch oven until shimmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ajwain seeds and let them sizzle. Add remaining garlic and green chili. Sauté it for 30 seconds. Lower the heat to low while you arrange vegetables on top.
  4. In a Dutch oven, first arrange stuffed eggplants and potatoes in single layer. On top arrange papadi, papadi lilva, tuver lilva. Spread ½ of spice mixture on top. Next arrange sweet potatoes and ratalu in single layer. Spread remaining spice mixture on top. Or in a roasting pan, arrange first eggplants vertically on one side, next arrange potatoes, and then arrange one by one papadi, papadi lilva, tuver lilva, sweet potatoes and ratalu. Spread spice mixture evenly on vegetables except eggplants and potatoes. Add ½ cup water in Dutch oven or roasting pan. Cover with lid or aluminum foil. You can either cook vegetables on stove top on medium heat or a preheated 375 degrees oven until vegetables are tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Check on vegetables half way through cooking and stir gently with spice mixture. If vegetables are sticking to bottom, add more water.
  5. Once vegetables are cooked, add muthia and stir to combine everything. Let undhiyu cook for 3 to 4 minutes, uncovered. Garnish with remaining cilantro before serving. Serve warm with puri or other Indian flat bread. Serve cilantro chutney, garlic chutney and thin sev (thin crispy chickpea flour noodles) on side to add to undhiyu to enhance the flavor.

 

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Samosa

Samosa

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Samosas have become quite popular in many countries with Indian population. This delicious snack is sold on streets all over India. In US it's available freshly made and frozen in most Indian grocery stores. My cousin, Vibha, runs a catering business in India and this is her recipe. While making samosa at home, you do not need to finely mash potatoes for filling and the filling can be made in advance.
Ingredients
For dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain seeds
  • Water as needed
For filling:
  • 2 russet potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for frying
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon sanchar (black salt)
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala or juice of ½ a lemon
  • ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt
Directions
  1. Make the dough: Combine flour, salt, ajwain seeds, oil and shortening in a medium mixing bowl and mix it with hands. Gradually add water while mixing and kneading until it makes soft and smooth dough. Cover the dough with a plate or a kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes to one hour.
  2. Make the filling: In a wok or a frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat until simmering. Add all the seeds and let them sizzle. Add green chili, ginger and sauté them for 30 seconds. Add mashed potatoes, garam masala, chaat masala or lemon juice and black salt. Stir everything to combine spices with mashed potatoes. Let the mixture cook on low heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Add peas and cilantro. Stir to combine and let the filling cook for 1 more minute. Taste the filling for salt as black salt and chaat masala are quite salty. Add salt if needed. Let the filling cool for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Make samosas: Divide the dough into 20 or so equal parts. Roll into balls and cover with a plate or a towel. Take one ball of dough and roll out into about 6 inch circle. Cut the circle in half. Put about 2 tablespoons of filling in the middle of half circle, leaving about ¼ inch space on the round side. Pick corner of flat side and cover the filling. Pick another corner of flat side and cover the dough with filling. Press gently to seal dough over the filling. It should make a triangle. Pinch together round side of dough and the corner. Cover the prepared samosa with a towel. Repeat the process with remaining dough balls and filling.
  5. Heat oil in frying pan until ready for frying. Drop 4 to 5 samosa in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel lined plate.
  6. Fry remaining samosa same way. Serve warm with cilantro chutney and tamarind and date chutney.

 

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Bataka Vada

Bataka Vada

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Bataka (potato) Vada (friiters)
Ingredients
  • 3 medium to large russet or Idaho potatoes
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 3 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Batter:
  • 1 ½ cups chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • Water as needed
Canola or Vegetable oil for frying
Directions
  1. Combine chickpea flour, spices and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Make a batter (slightly thinner than pancake batter) with water. Let it stand for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Cut potatoes in half and boil them with skin until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Peel potatoes while they are still warm. Immediately mash potatoes with a ricer or masher in a large mixing bowl. Season mashed potatoes with salt, sugar, lemon juice, dry spices, chilies, ginger and cilantro. Mix everything well. Foam into 24 to 25 golf ball sized balls by hand or with a small ice cream scoop.
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil until ready for frying. Dip potato balls (bataka vada) one by one into batter, covering the entire surface. Let the excess batter drip, drop it in hot oil and fry it until light golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. You can fry 6 to 7 bataka vada at a time depending on the size of frying pan. Serve warm with cilantro chutney or ketchup or tamarind date chutney. Can be served as an appetizer or horsd'oeuvres.

 

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Veg. Thanksgiving 2016

   
Tandoori Cauliflower
This delicious recipe of tandoori cauliflower with spiced yogurt by Kelsey Nixon made a great center piece for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

Spicy Potatoes

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Ingredients
  • 2 lb. bag of assorted color baby potatoes
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 serrano chilies, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground cumin and coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Wash potatoes and cut them in half.
  2. In a large cast iron pan or non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium-high heat until shimmering, 2-3 minutes. Add cumin seeds once oil is hot and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, shallot, green chili and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Lower heat to medium. Add turmeric, chili powder and dhana-jeeru. Stir in spices with shallot mixture. Add potatoes, season with salt and stir everything so that potatoes are covered with spices. Cover the pan and let potatoes cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes, stirring few times.
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, uncover the pan and let potatoes brown and become crispy for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with any Indian flat bread.

 
Mixed Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Directions
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Transfer them to a Dutch oven or a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot and let potatoes cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine milk, heavy cream and 3 tablespoons of butter in a small pot and warm it.
  3. Drain potatoes once they are cooked and transfer them to same pot. On low heat, mash the potatoes with a potato masher or a ricer. Stir in milk mixture and cheese with mashed potatoes. Save some milk if you are not going to serve mashed potatoes immediately. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Just before serving, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small pan. Add cumin seeds and paprika in melted butter, let it toast for 30 seconds and pour over mashed potatoes.

 
Tomato and Pumpkin Gravy

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Ingredients
  • ½ 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 medium shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 tablespoons kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves), see Note.
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Directions
  1. Combine tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, almond butter, corn starch, shallot, tomato, ginger, jalapeno and garlic in a blender bowl. Blend all the ingredients until smooth sauce. Set it aside.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add the pumpkin-tomato sauce. Add all the dry spices and stir the sauce. Season with salt and sugar. Cover the pot and let gravy cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. If gravy is too thick add some water.
  3. Uncover the pot, stir in heavy cream. Let gravy cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until cream is well combined.
Notes
Kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) can be purchased from Indian grocery stores.

 
Paella with Roasted Vegetables

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Ingredients
Roasted Vegetables:
  • 1 green bell pepper, 1 inch diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, 1 inch diced
  • 1 small zucchini, 1 inch diced
  • 1 small yellow squash, 1 inch diced
  • 1 medium carrot, 1 inch diced
  • 1 15oz. can baby artichokes, well drain
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Tofu Chorizo:
  • ½ of 10.5oz. package of extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Paella:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced, white and light green parts
  • 1 large red onion, ½ inch diced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, ½ inch diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups basmati rice or short grain rice
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Roasted vegetables: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine vegetables for roasting in a large mixing bowl. Toss the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a large baking sheet and arrange vegetables in a single layer. Roast the vegetables for 30 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are slightly brown. Keep them aside.
  2. Tofu Chorizo: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Combine dry spices and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Crumble tofu on top of spices in tiny pieces. Drizzle oil and vinegar over it. Stir tofu with spices until well coated. Transfer tofu to a baking pan and make a single layer. Bake tofu in the same pre-heated oven until tofu is brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Keep it aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan warm stock. Add saffron to stock and keep it warm.
  4. In a large cast iron pan or paella pan, heat oil on a medium high heat. Sauté leeks and onions with pinch of salt until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes and sauté them until tomatoes break down, 3 to 4 minutes. Make a space for tomato paste and sauté it for a minute. Stir everything and sauté for a minute.
  5. Add rice, paprika, black pepper and sauté with onions and tomatoes until rice is well coated with oil, 2 minutes. Add warm broth and let rice cook until almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove artichokes from roasted vegetables, add rest of the vegetables to rice and stir. Add tofu chorizo and stir rice. Level rice and arrange artichoke and green peas on top. Let rice cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Before serving, garnish with cilantro.

 
Brussel Sprouts and Green Apple Slaw

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Brussel sprouts
  • 1 delicious green apple
  • Seeds from ½ pomegranate
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
Directions
  1. Make dressing: Combine all ingredients of dressing in a small mixing bowl except oil. Whisk everything until salt is melted. Slowly drizzle oil while whisking until dressing emulsifies. Set it aside.
  2. Wash and drain Brussel sprouts. Cut them in half and thinly sliced them. Remove core of apple and cut it in matchsticks roughly same size as Brussel sprouts. Combine them in large salad bowl and dress the slaw. You can dress the slaw up to two hours in advance.
  3. Just before serving, spread pomegranate seeds and mint leaves on top.

 
Cranberry Orange Chutney
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Eggless Pecan Pie
I tweaked recipe of Chocolate Caramel Crunch Pie from Giada De Laurentis to make it as an eggless pecan pie. I replaced walnuts with pecans, semi-sweet chocolate with dark chocolate and 24 oz. dulce de leche with 8 oz. dulce de leche and 8 oz. salted caramel sauce. For a crust, I used 1 ½ cups of honey nut cheerios cereal instead of graham crackers. I forget to buy graham crackers, the crust with cereal turned out great.

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Stuffed Vegetables

Ringal Bataka na Ravaiya

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The stuffed vegetables are known as Ravaiya or bharelu skaak.
Ingredients
  • 4 small ringan (Indian eggplant)
  • 4 small red or yellow bataka (potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida or 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped, divided
Stuffing:
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground peanuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Wash eggplants and potatoes, and pat dry. Make an X cut on ⅓ of eggplant on stemless side, keeping the stem. Make an X cut on ⅓ of potato on one side. Repeat the same with rest of eggplants and potatoes.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients plus 2 tablespoons of cilantro into a medium mixing bowl. Gently widen an eggplant and stuff it by gently pushing stuffing down by hand. Try not to break it and not over stuffed it. Repeat the same with rest of eggplants and potatoes. If any stuffing remains, keep it aside.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Once oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida or garlic. With garlic, sauté it for a minute. Lower the heat and arrange stuffed eggplants and potatoes in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let vegetables cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes, stirring gently few times. Sprinkle any remaining stuffing on top of the vegetables during half way of cooking.
  4. Garnish with remaining cilantro before serving. Serve warm with any Indian flat bread.
Easier Method:
  1. Cut eggplants and potatoes into quarters.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients plus 2 tablespoons of cilantro into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida or garlic. With garlic, sauté it for a minute. Lower the heat and arrange eggplants and potatoes in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let vegetables cook for 5 minutes. Uncover pan, stir the vegetables and sprinkle stuffing on top of the vegetables evenly. Cover the pan and let vegetables cook until tender, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring gently few times.
  4. Garnish with remaining cilantro before serving. Serve warm with any Indian flat bread.

 

 

Bhinda na Ravaiya

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. bhinda (okra)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida
Stuffing:
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground peanuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Wash okras and dry it with paper towel. Okras should be as dry as possible otherwise it will become slimy. Remove stem, and ¼ inch end of okras, and cut large okras into half. Make a cut in okra almost to half point on one side and another cut almost to half point on other side in opposite direction. Repeat the same with remaining okras.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Gently widen okra on one side and stuff it by gently pushing stuffing down by hand. Repeat the same on other side. Try not to break it and not over stuffed it. Repeat the same with rest of okras. If any stuffing remains, keep it aside.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida. Lower the heat and arrange stuffed okra in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let okra cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring gently few times. Sprinkle any remaining stuffing on top of the vegetables during half way of cooking. Once okras are cooked, lower the heat, uncover the pan and let okras cook until it becomes dry and crispy, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with any Indian flat bread.
Easier Method:
  1. Wash okras and dry it with paper towel. Okras should be as dry as possible otherwise it will become slimy. Remove stem, and ¼ inch end of okras, and cut large okra into half. Cut okras into quarters.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida. Lower the heat and arrange okra in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let okra cook for 5 minutes. Uncover pan, stir okra and sprinkle stuffing on top of okra evenly. Initially okras will be slimy but as it cooks it will become less slimy. Cover the pan and let okras cook until tender, 6 to 7 minutes, stirring gently few times. Once okras are cooked, lower the heat, uncover the pan and let okras cook until it becomes dry and crispy, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with any Indian flat bread.

 
Maracha na Ravaiya

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. small or baby assorted peppers (15 to 18 peppers)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida
Stuffing:
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • ¼ cup ground peanuts (optional)
  • ½ cup dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 3 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 6 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon garam masala
  • ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Wash peppers and pat dry. Make a T cut on one side of pepper and carefully remove seeds and membrane. Keep the stem.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Stuff the peppers one by one with stuffing either by hand or with a ¼ teaspoon measuring spoon. If any stuffing remains, keep it aside.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida. Lower the heat and arrange stuffed peppers in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let peppers cook until soft but not mushy, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle any remaining stuffing on top of the peppers during half way of cooking. The bottom of peppers will caramelize during cooking and it will add nice flavor.
  4. Can be served warm as a side dish and/or with any Indian flat bread.

 
Karela na Ravaiya

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I have learned this recipe of stuffed bitter melons from my sister-in-law Ushabhabhi.
Ingredients
  • 5 to 6 small karela (Indian bitter melons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish
Stuffing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch of piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground peanuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 3 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 6 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon aamchoor (dry mango powder)
Directions
  1. Wash and pat dry karela. Cut ¼ inch of both ends and peel the rough skip. Keep the skin aside. Cut karela in half and scoop out the pulp with seeds. Discard the big seeds and combine the pulp with saved skin.
  2. In a food processor, pulse shallot until finely minced.
  3. In small pan, heat one tablespoon olive oil on medium heat. Add shallots and pinch of salt. Let shallot caramelize on low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. While shallot is cooking, add skin and pulp of karela, garlic, green pepper, and ginger in food processor bowl. Pulse until finely minced.
  5. Once shallot is brown, add above mixture and garam masala. Stir everything and let it cook for 2 minutes. Let it cool down for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Combine rest of the stuffing ingredients and remaining olive oil in a medium mixing bowl. Add cooled mixture and combine. Stuff melon halves with stuffing. If any stuffing remains, keep it aside.
  7. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Lower the heat and arrange stuffed melon halves in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let melon cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle any remaining stuffing on top of the vegetables during half way of cooking.
  8. Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serve warm with any Indian flat bread.
Notes
Karela is extremely bitter. If you want to remove some of the bitterness, before cooking it, sprinkle about teaspoon of salt on them and transfer them to a colander. Transfer colander to baking dish or a pan to catch drippings. Let karela stand for 30 minutes to an hour and proceed with the recipe.

 
Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
Stuffing:
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground peanuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup dhana-jeeru(spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Wash Brussels sprouts and pat dry. Trim the dark end and wilted leaves. Make an X cut on ⅓ of Brussels sprouts on coreless side.
  2. Combine stuffing ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Gently widen a Brussels sprout and stuff it by gently pushing stuffing down by hand. Try not to break and over stuffed it. Repeat the same with rest of Brussels sprouts. If any stuffing remains, keep it aside.
  3. In a large non-stick or cast iron pan, heat oil on a medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, sauté it for 30 seconds. Lower the heat and arrange stuffed Brussels sprouts in a pan in a single layer. Increase heat to medium, cover the pan and let them cook until tender, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring gently few times. Sprinkle any remaining stuffing on top of the Brussels sprouts during half way of cooking.
  4. Uncover the pan; lower the heat to low and let Brussels sprouts caramelized for 3 to 5 minutes without stirring.
  5. Serve warm as an appetizer or side dish. Can be served with Indian flat bread also.

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