Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jun 29 - Fava Bean tempura




Whenever the craving strikes for deep fried food, I always try and maximize by trying out new ingredients to fry up, and whatever is sitting in my pantry/ fridge is fair game. This time around it was Fava beans freshly shucked from the pod, mixed with a chickpea batter infused generously with fresh thyme, and fried up.

Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27 - Dry Garlic and Coconut chutney.

Garlic Chutney

Pulling out one of my older recipes I'd posted on Food 52 (shoring up all the dishes I made in June for July  posts!
This dry chutney is a staple condiment for classic Indian street foods like Vada Pao, & bhajias (tempura made with almost any vegetatable coated with a spiced chickpea batter .
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh coconut (OR) 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
  • 1teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Sea Salt to taste
  1. In a Mortar, combine all the ingredients & pound till the garlic has completely been minced & incorporated into the powder.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23 - Harappan eggplant curry (the worlds FIRST curry recipe)




This recipe was all over the news yesterday, thanks to BBC. a recipe recreated from remnants of food found in pot shards at Farmana in Harappa. Using spices common 3000 years ago on the Indian sub continent. The original called for cumin, which wasn't part of Indian cuisine up until the 3 rd century AD (it was a Mediterranean influence, brought in by Phoenician traders).
I replaced the cumin with long pepper (aka Thippili / pippili). and used thin baby eggplants similar to the Japapnese eggplants that are more common to the region rather than the regular ones available in the market.
The dis is simple to make. make a paste of fresh ginger, fresh turmeric and long pepper, saute it with sesame oil, add salt and the eggplants. Cover to cook. add grated green mango when the eggplants are halfway cooked. Finish with a garnish of holy basil.
I served it up with a traditional pongal.
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