Slow Food Corvallis is collecting recipes from our events for you to enjoy. The recipes are organized by event. Enjoy!


Katherine Deumling’s Class, “Cook with What You Have,” June 2016

 

Terra Madre Day, December 2014

Lamb Marinade

3 lbs lamb cut into bite-size pieces
1½ tbsp each minced or crushed fresh ginger
and garlic
1½ cups plain whole milk yogurt
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
3 curry leaves
2½ tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp cardamom
3 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt

Sauce
¼ to 1/3 cup canola oil
1½ onions (made into a paste in a food
processor or grater)
½ tbsp grated fresh ginger
½ tbsp crushed fresh garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
8 oz can roasted tomatoes, ground in a food
processor until smooth
4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and
cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp white pepper
½ tsp ground fenugreek

Put lamb and marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Marinate for up to 24 hrs.

When ready to cook, roast the meat on a baking sheet in the oven for 15 min. at 350° F. Keep the leftover marinade for use in the sauce.

Heat ¼ cup oil until hot and fry onion, ginger and garlic till lightly golden.

Add white pepper, cumin, coriander and fenugreek to the onion paste; stir for a few seconds.

Add the leftover marinade and stir for a minute.

Add in the tomato sauce and stir for 3 to 5 min on low heat.

Add the roasted lamb to the pot. Add a bit of water if necessary. Cover and cook the lamb on low heat for an hour to 1½ hours. Stir occasionally.

Add the potatoes. Stir in 1 cup of water and cover and cook until potatoes are tender and lamb is soft.

Just a few minutes before turning off the heat, add the cream and butter and wait until butter is melted and sauce is thickened. Add more salt if needed.

Ecuadorian Dinner, September 2013 (pdf file)

Ecuadorean dinner

Terra Madre Day, December 2012 (pdf file)

 

Mary Ann Jasper’s Class in Baking with Local Wheat, 2012

Hannah, friends, loaves - 1

 

Overnight Rolls and Coffee Cake (pdf file)

Scones and Pancakes (pdf file)

Andrew Pham Cooking Demonstration Class, May 2012

Salad Rolls
Vietnamese

This is probably the easiest and most fun dish to prepare. I usually eat these salad rolls with fish sauce simply because I almost always have some pre-made in the refrigerator. The excellent hoisin-peanut sauce with the coconut milk here is from my friend Thanh Tran. She also provided a list of optional ingredients: soba noodles, jicama, grilled chicken breast, Korean seaweed, toasted sesame seeds, and fried tofu.

The Japanese dashi-based sauce for cold soba noodles also makes an interesting dipping sauce.

Dipping sauce ingredients (do not mix)
¼ cup hoisin sauce
½ cup creamy (or crunchy) peanut butter
¼ cup light coconut milk
Pinch of salt
Water

½ lb pork loin
½ lb shrimp, shelled and de-veined
1 packet of rice paper
2 cups of cooked rice vermicelli (optional)
½ tsp salt
Bowl or warm water (to wet rice paper)

Vegetable ingredients (do not mix)
1 bunch of cilantro, separated into single stems
Several bunches of spring onion
2-3 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 4″ long batons
Mint
Basil
Red leaf lettuce
Pickled carrot and daikon (optional)
Perilla leaves (optional)
Bean sprouts (optional)

1. Prepare the dipping sauce first. Heat coconut milk in a small pot. Add hoisin sauce and peanut butter. Simmer and stir until ingredients meld. Add water (1 tablespoon at a time) to reach desired consistency. Taste and adjust by adding sugar or salt as necessary. Set aside.
2. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot with salt. Add shrimp and stir gently until cook. Remove shrimp and set aside.
3. Add pork to boiling water. Cook thoroughly. Remove and let cool. Cut into thin slices. Set aside.
4. Roll the salad roll individually. Put 1 sheet of rice paper (2 sheets if the paper is too thin and breaks easily) on a flat surface. Brush it on both sides with water. Put vegetables, herbs, noodles, and meats on sheet. Roll up like a burrito.
5. Pour hoisin-peanut sauce into individual dipping saucers.
6. Serve salad rolls and hoisin peanut sauce with a side of Sriracha chili sauce or red chili paste.

 


Cabbage and Eggs
Vietnamese

This is not only the simplest dish in the book, but also one of the most subtly flavored dishes. The cabbage provides the sense of freshness and sweetness. The carrot gives the earthy counterpoint and color. The eggs bring creaminess and protein. The fish sauce simply transform all the other ingredients. I’d be very hard-pressed to think of another 4-humble-ingredients dish that has this much flavor and nutrition.

My mother often had to feed a family of eight on a few dollars a meal. This was her answer: a whole head of cabbage, a few eggs, and a carrot. Sometimes, I get choked up making this dish and remembering how hard she worked to feed so many of us on so little. I’ll be cooking and eating this dish the rest of my days.


½ small head of cabbage, cored and sliced into shreds between 1/8 and 1/4 inch wide

1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into mini batons the size of matchsticks
3 tablespoons oil

Egg mix, beat well in a bowl
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons fish sauce

1. Heat oil in large pan or wok, coating entire cooking surface with oil.
2. Add cabbage and stir fry 5 minutes on medium heat, turning slowly and steadily to keep cabbage from burning
3. Add carrot and continue stir fry for 4 minutes.
4. Add egg mix and stir evenly into cabbage and carrot.
5. Cook until done. Test by tasting cabbage which should be soft with the main stems still having a slight crunch. Adjust with fish sauce for desired saltiness.


Eggplant Garlic-Chili
Mom’s favorite

Traditionally, this dish is stir-fried in about ½ cup of oil or lard. Eggplant has sponge-like quality. It can easily absorb twice its weight in oil, and it takes a considerable time to cook. I use the microwave to reduce the cooking time by two-third and minimize amount of oil used. The flavor profile is sweet, salty, and spicy. The eggplant can also be thoroughly stir-fried until it breaks down completely into a mush.

1½ pounds eggplant, cut into thumb-size segments
5 cloves garlic
½ medium yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons oil
2 Thai chilis, finely diced (optional, increase to taste)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
Water

1. Microwave eggplant on high for 5 minutes.
2. Heat oil in pan, coating entire cooking surface with oil. Sauté garlic and onion.
3. Add semi-cooked eggplant and stir fry on high heat for 3 minutes.
4. Add chili, sugar, and fish and continue to stir fry on medium heat for 5 minutes to allow flavors to meld, adding a little water as necessary.
5. Taste and add fish sauce or sugar as necessary. Serve.


Claypot Pork Spareribs
Vietnamese

Use a large pot, big enough to line all the spare ribs on the bottom in a single layer.

This homey dish can also be prepared with the two-fire method (see claypot fish recipe). The long simmer as described here will make the meat “fall off the bone” tender. For a firmer meat with the same flavor intensity, after step 6, take pot off heat and let cool to room temperature. Add ½ cup of water and simmer covered again until sauce reduces down to a thick gravy once more.

2 lbs pork spareribs, ask for strips cut roughly 1″ wide
2 tablespoons oil
2 to 4 cups of water

Sauce mix
3 tsp coconut caramel (see recipe)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
½ cup hot water
2 tablespoons garlic, crushed and chopped
1 Thai chili chopped (optional)
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

1. Trim off excess fat from ribs. Cut spareribs into individual bite size segments.
2. Heat pot with oil and lightly sauté the garlic. Remove from heat.
3. Put spareribs into pot, in a single layer. Add sauce mix.
4. Add sufficient water to cover spareribs. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to lowest possible simmer. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes.
5. Check frequently to make sure that fluid has not boiled off completely (and burning the ribs). Stir gently once.
6. When liquid has reduced to a thick sauce (roughly ¼ inch deep at bottom of pot), taste and adjust to preference by adding coconut caramel, chili, black peppers, and fish sauce, in small increments. Stir gently to turn and coat spareribs on both sides.
7. Add 1 cup of water and continue to simmer for 30-50 minutes, until nearly all fluids except for oils and thick gravy remains at the bottom of pot.
8. Skim off excess oil and serve.

Garnishes: cilantro, mint, cucumber slices
Sides: pickled cabbage (or anything acidic)


Claypot Fish
Vietnamese (my version)

Recommended fish are baramundi, tilapia, and catfish. Acceptable fish are trout, snapper, and grouper. Most similar white-meat fish with good fat content are ideal. For deeper flavors, start with whole fish rather than fillets.

Choose a pot large enough so that all the fish pieces can be lined in a single layer at the bottom. If using fillets or fish with low fat content like trout or snapper, add 3 ounces of sliced pork belly, laid in the pot under the fish.

Pineapple chunks, pieces of fresh coconut meat, or suga cane batons can be also be added to the pot for variety.

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 Thai chilis, cut in half lengthwise (or more or less, to taste)
1 pound fish, cut into steaks
1 to 2 cups water

Sauce mix
3 Tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp cracked black pepper
3 tsp coconut caramel (see recipe)
1 cup warm water

1. Put ingredients into pot in the following order: garlic, chili, fish, and sauce mix. Add enough water to just barely cover the fish.
2. Bring to a boil on medium heat for 1 minute. Lower heat and simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes until roughly ¼ to ½ cup of sauce remains in the pot.
3. Adjust sauce to taste by adding more fish sauce, chili, and/or coconut caramel (add in small increments and taste again). Simmer 2 minutes. Turn off heat and serve.
4. Optional: use 2-fires technique to deepen flavors. Let pot rest until it reaches room temperature (refrigerate to shorten time). Carefully, turn each piece of fish over. Add ¾ to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil on medium heat and then simmer on low heat (about 20minutes) until sauce reduces to ½ cup once more. Plate, garnish with chopped spring onions (optional), and serve.

Sides: julienne green mango or green papaya


Fried Fish with Coconut Sauce
Cambodian

Although this Cambodian recipe generally uses catfish, almost any type of white meat fish will work. Some fish I’ve tried with good results are cod, snapper, grouper, tilapia, and baramundi.

This rich and succulent dish goes well with fried morning glories or steamed vegetables.

1 pound boneless fish fillets, cut into 3- to 4-ounce pieces
½ cup oil
¾ cup light coconut milk
½ cup bell pepper, sliced

Aromatic mix
1 6-inch lemongrass stem, finely diced
1 cup onion, chopped
5 kaffir lime leaves, diced
2 Thai chilis, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, crushed and chopped
½ tsp shrimp paste
1 tablespoon palm sugar
Pinch of black pepper
1 tablespoon fish sauce
4 tablespoons water

1. Pour aromatic mix into blender or small food processor. Blend thoroughly until sauce is very smooth. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan. On medium heat, fry fish pieces, 3-4 minutes per side depending on thickness of fillets. Fish should have a nice golden crust with some whiteness showing. Set aside on paper towel to drain off excess oil (if possible keep warm in toaster oven or under heat lamp). Discard oil from pan.
3. Use same pan to simmer blended aromatic mix on low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant (3 to 5 minutes).
4. Add coconut milk and bell peppers. Simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Pour sauce into a deep serving dish. Arrange fish pieces on top and serve.


Dessert and Wine Pairing Event, 2011

Pear tart with vanilla crème anglaise paired with Pacific Rim’s Vin de Glaciere Riesling
Orange custard with orange caramel sauce paired with Pheasant Court Winery’s 2005 VICE Viognier Dessert Wine
Chocolate torte with black cherry sauce paired with Carpenter Hill Vineyard’s 2006 “Tango Red”
Blue cheese, toasted walnuts and fig truffles paired with Pheasant Court Winery’s 2006 Maréchal Foch Port

Pear Tart w/ Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Pastry Crust
1 ¾ cups flour
5 Tablespoons shortening
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
¼ cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 egg
3 Tablespoons ice cold water

Combine flour, sugar lemon zest into food processor. Pulse 10 1-second pulses to combine. Drop the shortening into the flour mixture in small dollops. Pulse 5 1-seconds pulses to combine. Add butter and pulse another 5 1-second pulses to combine. Mixture should resemble pea-sized crumbles. Add egg and water and mix until a ball forms (another 5 1-second pulses). Turn onto plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or so to rest.

Pears
1-2 pears, halved and cores removed and sliced into 1/8” slices
 ¼ cup sugar

Custard
1 egg
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup ½ and ½
¼ cup pear flavored brandy
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Beat eggs and sugar until light and pale. Whisk in ½ & ½ until combined. Whisk in brandy and nutmeg.
Roll out pastry crust into a 12 inch circle. Place crust into tart pan and remove excess crust. Bake in a preheated oven to 425°F for 10-12 minutes, until crust is set and starting to turn golden.
Remove crust from oven and layer in pear slices. Top with ¼ cup of sugar. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until pears are beginning to caramelize.
Remove from oven, gently pour custard over top and return to cooler oven (350°F) for another 20 minutes or until custard has risen and starts to turn golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack and serve with crème Anglaise.

Crème Anglaise
6 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1½ cups hot milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons rum

Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy and pale yellow. Slowly stir in the hot milk to prevent the sauce from curdling.

Heat over low heat and stir slowly. So not overheat the sauce, or the eggs will scramble. Continue to stir while the sauce thickens. It will be done when it coats the wooden spoon with a light creamy layer, thick enough to hold when you draw a line across the back of the spoon. Remove from heat.

Stir in the vanilla and rum. Refrigerate until needed.

 

Orange Custard w/ Orange Caramel Sauce
Adapted from Indian Home Cooking, by Suvir Saran, and Stephanie Lyness’s Susan Aunty’s Orange Flan

Custard
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1½ cups half-and-half
4 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
Zest of 1 orange, grated
¼ cup orange liqueur, Contreau or Gran Marnier
Orange Caramel Sauce (see below)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. and remove all but the bottom oven rack.

Prepare a rectangular loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper.
Combine the condensed milk, half-and-half, eggs, cream cheese, marmalade, and orange liqueur in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the custard mixture into the prepared loaf pan.

Put the loaf pan into a 11×13” baking dish and then put the baking dish into the preheated oven. Pour hot tap water to almost fill the baking dish. Bake until the custard is just set but still jiggles when shaken and a skewer stuck in about 1 inch from the edge comes out clean, about 1 hour. 25 minutes. Carefully lift the loaf pan out of the baking dish. Turn off the oven and let the water in the baking dish cool a little before moving it. Refrigerate the custard to chill completely.

To serve, run a knife around the edge to loosen the flan. Overturn a serving plate and remove the parchment paper. Cut the custard into slices, drizzle the orange caramel sauce over the top and serve.

Orange Caramel Sauce
1 cp sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup cream

Put the sugar and water into a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook until the syrup caramelizes to a deep brown (washing down the sides of the pan if necessary to keep sugar crystals from forming).

Remove from heat and stir in the butter. The caramel will foam up, so be careful and use a long handled wooden spoon to stir. Once the foaming has subsided, stir in the cream and then the orange juice. Return to heat and cook until reduced to the desired consistency.

 

Best Ever Chocolate Torte with Black Cherry Sauce
Adapted from Hudson’s Restaurant in Vancouver, Washington

Chocolate torte
12 ounces dark chocolate (I prefer Ghiradeli chocolate)
3 ounces butter (6 Tablespoons)
1 ounce brandy
1 ounce espresso
4 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup cream

Ganache topping
 8 ounces dark chocolate
 1 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9” cake pan by lightly buttering it, placing a circle of parchment on the bottom and then dusting the sides with flour and removing the excess.

Place the chocolate, brandy, butter and espresso into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes, stir and heat again on 50% power. Stir again until combined. Heat again if needed. Let cool.

Whip the eggs and sugar until light and cream, about 10 minutes.

Whip the cream into stiff peaks.

Add the chocolate mixture slowly to the eggs and stir continuously until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the cream and fold in, being careful to NOT deflate the cream. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake 45-50 minutes until the center is set.
Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Place in freezer and freeze over night. Remove from cake pan, remove parchment from the torte and then top with the ganache.

For the ganache, heat the cream and chocolate in microwave on 50% for 2 minutes. Stir to combine. Repeat if necessary. Cool slightly before topping the torte.


Terra Madre Day, December 2011

terramadrekitchen

Tomato Bredie

This recipe is from chef Intaba. Our Terra Madre version was made with generous donations of beef from Northwest Naturals, Aetherton Farm, also known as Flying A Limousin, and Gathering Together Farm, tomatoes from GTF, and potatoes from Denison Farm.

2 T oil
1 T butter
2 lbs meat, cubed (beef or lamb)
2 c diced onion
3 c diced tomatoes
1 t sugar
1/4 t cayenne
1/2 T paprika
2 t minced garlic
3 potatoes, cubed
tomato paste to taste—about 3 Tablespoons
salt and pepper

Heat oil and butter in large pot. Dry meat well, then brown on all sides. Remove from pan.
In same pan, brown onions, stirring often to avoid scorching. Add tomatoes, spices, potatoes and browned meat.

Lower heat and simmer, partially covered, until meat is tender. If you like, potatoes may be added later, to allow meat extra time to soften. Add tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste.

 

Peanut Sauce

Also from chef Intaba. We served it with collard greens from Denison Farm.

1T oil
1 onion, diced small
1 T minced garlic
1T minced or shredded fresh ginger
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t cayenne
1 c water
2 T tomato paste
1/4 c peanut butter
1 t sugar
1/2 t salt

Heat oil in a small saucepan. saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in spices and cook until fragrant.

Add remaining ingredients and whisk together while bringing to a gentle simmer. Cook 10 minutes over very low heat. Check seasoning and adjust as desired.

 

Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

This is a modified version of a recipe taught by Besu at the Sister Cities Ethiopian cooking class. Berbera seasoning can be purchased at specialty stores (in Portland) or you can make up a batch of your own. There are several recipes available online. Here’s an approximation of what we did at Terra Madre Day: ½ tablespoon of cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons of paprika, and ½ tsp each of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and fenugreek. Our version was toned down for western palates; many recipes for Berbera reverse the proportions of cayenne and paprika, for a truly fiery dish. But this is too hot for most Americans, even those who “love hot food.”

2-3 medium onions
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds red lentils
1-2 clove garlic
1 T fresh ginger
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup berbera red pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter (or substitute oil for a lighter dish)

Cook onion in butter until well done. Add garlic/ginger mixture sautéing before adding lentils stirring for 10 minutes. Add water as needed and berbera seasoning stirring as needed. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

 

Futari (Tanzanian Coconut Squash)

This recipe is from the old Africa News Cookbook—a great source of recipes from all over Africa! We used generously donated sweetmeat squash from Denison Farm.

4 c pumpkin (or winter squash, yams/sweet potatoes, or a mixture)
3 T onion
1 T butter
Juice of 1/2 lemon (plus a bit extra)
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
1 cup coconut milk (plus a bit extra)
1 tsp cinnamon

Split and seed the squash. Roast them at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until soft. Let cool till cool enough to handle; peel squash and gently cut into chunks.

Warm butter and fry onions. Add ground cloves, salt, coconut milk, and cinnamon. Warm for 5 minutes to blend flavors. Add into the squash and heat together while stirring. Just before serving, you can add an extra squeeze of lemon and an extra ½ cup coconut milk to heighten the flavors.

 

Ugali/Papa/Sadza (Corn meal porridge)

This is a ubiquitous African staple which has a different name in each local language. White corn meal is a little hard to find in the US, but it happens to be available currently at Winco. You could possibly make this dish with yellow corn meal, such as polenta, but it would taste quite different.

White corn meal*
Water
Salt

Measure three parts water to one part corn meal. Bring the water to a boil and add salt to taste. Slowly pour the dry corn meal into the boiling water, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon or whisk to ensure that it’s smooth. After pouring in most of the corn meal, stir continuously, cooking 20-25 minutes until stiff. Add a little more corn meal if it’s not thick enough. Eventual porridge should be stiff enough to pick up a piece with your hand and dip it in the sauce.

 

Christina Reimer’s Bengali Cooking Class, October 2010

Chef Christina Reimer

Onion Pakora
Serves 6 to 8

This recipe was adapted from an Indian cookbook  by Shehzad Husain and Rafi Fernandez, published in 2002.

2 cups gram flour (chickpea flour, also known as besan)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida*
salt, to taste
1/2 tsp each fennel, cumin, onion seeds
2 large onions finely sliced
1 to 2 small green chillis, finely chopped
2 cups fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1/4 cup to more cold water, to mix
vegetable oil, for deep-frying

In a bowl, mix together the flour, chilli, turmeric, baking powder, asafoetida and salt to taste.  Add the seeds, onion, green chillies, fresh cilantro and toss together well.  Very gradually mix in enough cold water to make a thick batter surrounding all the ingredients.

Heat enough oil in a wok (karahi) for deep-frying.  Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until they are golden brown.  Leave enough space to turn the pakoras.

Drain well on paper towels and serve hot with the mint chutney for dipping.

*Asafeotida known as food of gods, stinking gum, devils dung.  It has a pungent smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks.  Asafeotida is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickles.  Asafoetida is so strong that it must be stored in an airtight container, otherwise the smell will contaminate other spices stored nearby.  However, its smell and flavor become much milder and more pleasant upon heating in oil or ghee.

 

Mint-Cilantro Chutney
Makes 1 cup

This recipe, for the most popular chutney in South Asia, is adapted from Indian food blogger Monica Bhide. It’s from her fusion cookbook Modern Spice. Note: Green chutneys have a short shelf life. Make them fresh in small batches or buy the store-bought kind at Devi in Corvallis.
1 cup packed cilantro (leaves and stems)
1 cup packed mint (leaves only, please)
1 green serrano chile (optional; if you don’t like too much heat, remove the seeds)
1/4 small red onion, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon dried pomegranate seeds or 2 tbs. dry pomegranate powder (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon table salt
Up to 2 tablespoons water

1. Blend the cilantro, mint, chilli, onion, pomegranate seeds (if using), lemon juice, and salt in a blender to a smooth paste. To aid in the blending process, you can add up to 2 tablespoons of water, if needed. Taste and add more salt if needed.

2. Transfer to a covered container and chill for about 30 minutes.

3. Serve cool. This chutney will keep, refrigerated, for 4 days.

 

Lentil Soup (Dal)
Serves 4

1 cup red lentils
3 cups water 1 tsp turmeric
2 cups of mixed veggies (potatoes, zucchini, carrots etc.), cut into bite size pieces
1 medium tomato, sliced1 large onion, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup oil

Place the lentils, water, turmeric and salt in a pan (medium heat).  Cover and bring it to a boil (make sure to keep an eye on it; it boils over easily).  Add the veggies (potatoes and carrots first since they take longer then zucchini) and tomato.  Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 min till the veggies are tender.

In a separate wok or frying pan heat the oil till very hot and the onions, fry till golden brown.  Add the oil and onion to the lentils mixture.  Add the cilantro.  Check to see if more salt is needed.  If the soup is too thick add in more water and bring it to gentle boil before serving.

 

Veggie Curry
Serves 4 to 6

4 to 6 cups of mixed veggies, cut into bite-size pieces
6 to 8 plump garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbs ginger paste*
2 to 3 Roma tomatoes
1 to 2 tbs tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 cup canola oil
2 onions, (white) pureed into a paste in food processor
3 tsp paprika
1tsp chilli powder
3 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam massala
salt
1 tbs rice vinegar
1/2 cup cream

Puree the garlic, ginger, tomato, tomato paste and cumin seeds in a blender.  Set aside. Heat the oil in a cooking pot and fry the onion paste till lightly colored.  Add the chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cumin and garam masala powder.  Stir continuously for 1/2 a min to a min.  Add 1/4 cup water and stir well.  Saute for a min and two.  Add the tomato mixture and saute for 2-3 min.  Add the veggies and 1 1/2 tsp salt.  Saute for couple of minutes and add 3 to 4 cups of water.  Cover and boil till veggies are tender.  Add the vinegar and boil for 5 more min.  Stir in the cream last.  Cook for another 5 min.  Check to see more salt is needed.  Serve warm over rice.

* I use fresh ginger. To make the paste, peel the ginger, cut in small pieces, add a bit of water, and grind in the food processor.

 

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

1/2 onion, (any kind) thinly sliced
4 tomatoes, cut in half  thinly sliced
1/2 English cucumber, cut in half then thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons mustard oil
1 serrano chile (seeded), minced (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tsp salt

Put all the ingredients in a medium size bowl and toss it together with a spoon.  Check to see if more salt is needed.

 

Orange Cardamom Cakes
Serves 10 to 12

This recipe was adapted from the cookbook Eastern Cuisine: The Best in Asian Food.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
2 large eggs
2/3 cups yogurt
3 tbs marmalade
2 tbs boiling water
2 tbs sugar, extra

Orange Sauce
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 tbs thick cream juice of two oranges
4 large oranges, peeled and segmented

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously grease twelve 1-cup-capacity non-stick muffin tins. In a large bowl, combine flour baking powder, baking soda and cardamom.  Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and orange zest together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and yogurt and mix on low speed until ingredients are well combined, then fold flour mixture by hand.  Do not over mix.

Divide batter evenly among the muffin tins, and bake for 15 to 18 min.  Meanwhile, whisk together fresh orange juice, marmalade, boiling water and extra 2 tbs sugar.

When orange cakes are ready (test with a toothpick) remove muffin tins from the oven and spoon orange sauce over cakes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.  Mix together sugar and water and sir until sugar has dissolved.  Raise heat and boil vigorously, washing down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water.  Continue boiling until syrup turns a rich, deep gold then remove pan from heat.  Carefully add orange juice to syrup (be careful because it will splatter).  Swirl pan to dissolve juice, returning pan to heat if necessary.  Once mixture is smooth, remove from heat and set aside to cool.  When cool, whisk in the cream then chill.

To serve, turn out cakes and place each on a plate.  Heap orange segments on top of cakes, then spoon sauce all around.

Mango Lassi
Serves 4

This recipe was adapted from the cookbook Gourmet: The Flavors of San Francisco.

When you buy mango at a store, look for the smaller, yellow-skinned mangoes, which have a more pronounced flavor.

2 1/2 cups chopped peeled mango (from about 2 1/2 lb very ripe mangoes)
1/2 cup sugar
1 qt well-shaken buttermilk

Puree mango with sugar in a blender until smooth.  Add buttermilk and blend well.  Serve lassi over ice in tall glasses. Note:  Lassi can be made 6 hours ahead and chilled, covered.

 

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