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Mrs. Kaur

Jaahaan’s mom, Mrs. Kaur is visiting from Delhi for a few weeks. I don’t know why she would visit Syracuse in January with all this snow when the weather in Delhi is balmy and wonderful. I’d been hearing stories about her mom’s obsession with PNC, so I asked for a cooking lesson and Mrs. Kaur gratefully obliged. When I arrived at Jaahaan’s apartment Mrs. Kaur  already had all the spices set out, the vegetables diced, and was ready to go. It was like entering into the Indian version of Everyday Italian with Giada. Pretty much a dream come true.

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This is all Mrs. Kaur has to work with. One saucepan, one skillet and a rice cooker. And I learned that the basic ingredients in any Indian dish are tomatoes, onions, maybe some ginger garlic paste, and some spices. Really the most essential spice is a garam masala mix. Just goes to show that Indian cooking isn’t hard. All you need is a pot, some vegetables, and a spice mix and you are cooking like a true Desi lady. Most of the ingredients used can be found in the International isle at Wegmans. Some of the more obscure items, like amchoor powder, can be found at Kashmir Grocery on Erie Boulevard.

PANEER CURRY

1/4 cup onion paste* |||| 1 teaspoon garlic ginger paste |||| 3/4 cup tomato puree |||| 1 teaspoon salt |||| 1/2 teaspoon turmeric |||| 1 teaspoon garam masala |||| 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder |||| 1 teaspoon chili powder |||| 1/2 cup diced green pepper |||| 1/2 cup diced onion |||| 1 1/2 cups milk |||| 1 package fried paneer

*To make the onion paste: mix diced onions in a blender or a food processor until an onion paste forms. Then briefly saute the paste in a skillet with some oil until the paste turns light brown. The onion paste will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

1. Heat vegetable oil in the bottom of a medium-sized pot. Add the onion paste and garlic ginger paste and saute for about 2 minutes.

2. Then add the tomato puree and spices. Allow the mixture to cook for another 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the milk, green peppers, onions, paneer, and 1 /2 cup of water to the spiced tomato puree mixture.  Allow the mixture to boil until the curry thickens and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

POTATOES with MUSTARD SEEDS

1 teaspoon mustard seeds |||| 2 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and diced |||| 1 small onion, cut into thin strips |||| 1 teaspoon garlic ginger paste |||| 1/4 cup tomato puree |||| 1 teaspoon salt |||| 1/2 teaspoon amchoor (dried mango powder) |||| 1/2 teaspoon turmeric |||| 2 teaspoons garam masala |||| 1 teaspoon dhania powder (coriander seed) |||| 1 teaspoon chili powder

1. Heat a few teaspoons of vegetable oil in a skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. Beware! The mustard seeds will pop. Stand back so you don’t shoot your eye out. Allow the seeds to cook for about 30 seconds before adding the onions.

2. Once the onions start to turn brown add the tomato puree and the spices. Allow the onions to cook with the spices for another 3-4 minutes.

3. Then add potatoes and 1 cup of water to the skillet. Allow the mixture to cook until the water is totally evaporated.

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Econ homework and a plate of Indian food for dinner.

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This kitty only speaks Hindi.

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get smashed

MASALA SMASHED POTATOES

1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped |||| 1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped |||| 1 can diced tomatoes |||| 2 tablespoons Shahi Paneer Masala spice mix |||| 4 red potatoes

1. Saute onion and green pepper until tender. Then add the tomatoes and spice mix to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture thickens.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes, diced into large chunks with skins still on. Boil the potatoes until they are soft and tender.

3. Combine the curry mixture into the potatoes and smash them together. Add a little bit of milk or chicken broth to make the potatoes more creamy.

 

Standin around in my kitchen, making expletives out of the letters on the fridge, everyone ate the paneer chunks out of my leftover curry. (Paneer is cheese cubes that function like tofu in many Indian dishes.) This was Indian cuisine at its finest – cold leftovers eaten straight out of the pan with Tostitos chips. I’ll call it college Indian.

Any how, now I have just the leftover tomato/onion/green pep mix. Oh, and this curry was super spicy because I had a ditsy moment and added waaaay too much of the spice mix. In order to dull the intense spiciness I was planning on adding roasted potatoes to the leftovers, but the smashed potatoes ended up being a great last minute call. The recipe posted here is sort of a guess at how to make these mashed potatoes when they aren’t leftovers.

But that’s the thing about Indian, once you get familiar with the spices, its so easy to make. And I think its kind of healthy. Although a lot of dishes contain butter or cream, most are packed with veggies. This recipe is just too easy and delicious to pass up. If you can’t make it out to the Indian store for the masala mix, just substitute with curry powder from the grocery store.

 

ROASTED GARLIC and BACON SMASHED POTATOES

1/2 head of roasted garlic |||| 4 slices of bacon, chopped |||| 5 red potatoes |||| 1/4 cup sour cream |||| 1/4 cup milk |||| 2 tablespoons butter |||| salt and pepper to taste

1. Directions for roasted garlic here.  

2. Boil potatoes.

3. Fry bacon.

4. Smash everything together.

 

Okay, so this isn’t the most creative recipe ever. But damn, these potatoes are fine.

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experimental pie

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PIE FILLING

3 large yams, peeled and diced |||| 8 apples, peeled, cored, and diced |||| 1/2 cup sweet white onion, finely chopped |||| 2 tablespoons paprika |||| 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup vegetable oil |||| 2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon curry paste |||| 1 tablespoon cinnamon |||| 1/4 cup of + 2 teaspoons honey |||| 2 tablespoons apple cider |||| 1 teaspoon mustard |||| 1 cup of dried, sweetened cranberries

CRUST

1 2/3 cups white flour |||| 1/3 cup cornmeal |||| 1 teaspoon salt |||| 3/4 cup vegetable shortening |||| 1/3 cup ice water |||| 1/2 cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss the diced yams with vegetable oil, paprika, salt, and pepper. Spread out yams evenly on the baking sheet. Roast yams until they are tender and lightly browned on the outside, about 1 hour.

2. Saute the onions in a large non-stick skillet. When the onions are tender, add apples, 2 tsp curry paste, cinnamon and honey to the skillet. Saute the apples until they are tender and browned.

3. In a small bowl combine 1/4 vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon curry paste, 2 teaspoons honey, mustard, and apple cider.

4. When the yams and apples are done, combine them in a large bowl with the curry/honey mixture and the cranberries.

5. Combine all the crust ingredients in a large bowl. Kneed with your hands until the course dough starts to mold into a ball.

6. Evenly press the dough into the bottom and sides of 2 9-inch greased pie pan. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumbly dough for the topping.

7. Divide yam/apple mixture evenly between the two pie pans. Top each pie with 1/4 cup of the crumbly pie crust, 1/4 cup brown sugar and a drizzle of honey.

8. Bake pie at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

 

This Experimental Pie started as a recipe for roasted yam and apple salad out of October’s Bon Appetit. But my salad turned out too mushy and not particularly appetizing. And I wasn’t really digging the sweet and savory flavors. After a taste test and caucus with Dana, I was convinced to turn this salad into PIE! So I immediatly started making some pie crust -shout out to Kathryn’s Mom for the pie crust recipe! (Although I did add the cornmeal because I was just short on flour for the recipe.) Also note that this recipe makes two pies.

Even as a finished product, I still didn’t really like this pie. My roommates on the other hand, loved it! I guess its just a personal preference. Its just the combination of the savory curry paste and mustard with the honey and brown sugar. But don’t let that discourage you, this pie is delicious to some.

I gave one of the pies to the boys upstairs. Still waiting for reviews and my pie pan back.

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potato bacon onion soup

ANOTHER LOCAL RECIPE FROM AMY!!!

6 stripes of bacon, cooked and cut into pieces |||| 5 large potatoes, diced |||| 2 large white onions, chopped |||| 2 garlic cloves, minced |||| 1 cup sour cream |||| 1 carrot, chopped |||| 1 stalk celery, diced |||| 6 cups of water

1. Fry bacon in the bottom of a large pot. Add garlic, onion, carrot, and celery. Let it fry until everything is looking toasty. Then throw in a slab of butter (I like extra flavor!)

2. Take off heat and add in water. Toss in the potatoes and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let cook for a good 20 minutes until potatoes are soft. At this point add in salt, pepper or herbs you have available. I threw in lovage, which has a celery taste and adds a nice green.

3. After twenty minutes, take a ladle of the broth and put it int oa bowl on the side. Add the sour cream to the broth and mix well. Then add the sour cream mixture back into the big pot of soup. Mix thoroughly. Once the soup has a nice white broth, it is ready to eat!

This recipe is simple, fast, and again, I am only using ingredient available to me right now in upstate New York. If you have access to salt, pepper and any other herbs to throw in, I would go for it! Most ingredients were either bought from the co-op or from the regional farmer’s market where you can get great prices on quality products!

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split pea soup

2 1/2 cups of green split peas |||| 1 medium sized onion, chopped |||| 1 teaspoon garlic, minced |||| 1 teaspoon curry powder |||| 1 teaspoon salt |||| 2 tablespoons soy sauce |||| 8 cups water |||| 1 large potato, diced |||| 3 stalks of celery, chopped |||| 2 large carrots, chopped

1. Saute onion, garlic, curry powder and salt in a skillet until onions are tender.

2. In a large pot combine sauted mixture with water, peas, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

3.  Add potato, celery, and carrots and cook for 30 more minutes.

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