Red dosa

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Another version of the Indian pancake. I had soaked enough grains for 2 batches.

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That was the occasion to cook these long red peppers. They are not hot at all.

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Same process as the previous green dosas. I’ve added a whole red chili (minus stalk and seeds), a little minced onion, garlic, ginger and some masala spice mix.

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Okra.

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Scramble tofu with basil, black pepper and salt.

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Goya bitter cucumber.

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I made coffee jelly (with agar).

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Served as dessert, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Pineapple biryani

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That’s biryani party at the Daring Cook’s challenge.

Grace, one of our talented non-blogging Daring Kitchen members, was our Daring Cooks’ August hostess who shared with us some of her family’s tried and true Bengali Biryani recipes – all of them delicious and all of them prepared fresh from our own kitchens!

I had a weird one in archives :

fusion biryani

I made 2.

DSC07256-001 seafood biryani (coming soon)

And this veggie biryani with a fruity touch :

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Pineapple biryani. I took the recipe at the end as a guideline…I drifted away a little to adapt to my products.

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Pineapple is the accent.

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Pearl sweet corn.

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Okra and red bell pepper. I used these season veggies for the gravy. I replace the coriander by mitsuba leaves.

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The gravy, with home-made ghee.
Besides I prepared a ghee flavored rice with turmeric, cashew nuts and pineapple dices.
I had no basmati or other biryani specific rice. The only long grain rice I could get is Thai jasmine rice. I cooked it in the rice-cooker.

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Layer rice and gravy, close the lid and reheat slowly.

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First side dish : chick pea raita. I mixed boiled chick peas, coconut yogurt, very little grated garlic, salt, lemon juice and stalks of mitsuba. Let a few hours in the fridge.

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Aubergine chutney as a second side.

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Basic recipe from the challenge :

Vegetable Biryani:

Servings: 6

Ingredients

4 tablespoons (60 ml) (2 oz) (60 ml) ghee
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ inch (2½ cm) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons (60 ml) (2/3 oz) (20 gm) desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
Salt
14 oz (400 gm) canned tomatoes
9 oz (250 gm) frozen sweetcorn, thawed
5 oz (150 gm) paneer, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Rice:
6 tablespoons (90 ml) (3 oz) (90 ml) ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 whole cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
1 small cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1 cardamom pod
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (240 ml) (6½ oz) (185 gm) basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
1 cup (250 ml) (6-1/3 oz) (180 gm) raisins
½ cup (120 ml) (85 gm) (3 oz) blanched almonds, halved
½ cup (120 ml) (85 gm) (3 oz) cashews, halved
2 cups (500 ml) water
Directions:

1. Melt the ghee in a large saucepan over medium high heat and fry the cumin seeds until fragrant. Add the garlic, ginger, and onion and fry until golden brown. Stir in the coconut and fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the spices, salt, tomatoes, sweet corn, and paneer. Cook for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the coriander, lemon juice, and mint. Remove from the heat.
2. For the rice, melt the rest of the ghee in another large saucepan and fry the whole spices until fragrant. Add the onion and fry until golden brown. Mix in the rice and fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the spices, salt, raisins, nuts, and water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until the rice is dry.
3. Layer the rice and vegetables in thin layers in a large saucepan, starting and ending with a layer of rice. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

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Broccoli basil dosa

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An Indian style pancake with *local* produce. That would be a breakfast, that’s great for a hot hot day brunch too.

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For the batter, rinse and soak lentils with brown rice, at least overnight. My ration 1:1 is high in lentils, I like it.
The next day, put the mix in the blender, add salt, turmeric and a little baking powder.

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Add cut broccoli stalks and shredded basil. Mix a little more. If you have some broccoli florets you can cut them and add in the batter without remixing.

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Cook thick crepes.

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Summer kabocha, boiled then refried with spices, onion, ginger, garlic.

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Completed with edamame beans.

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Sweet corn masala and tartelette a la mangue

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A fusion version of the Indian dal masala (lentil curry). Really quick and easy. And a gorgeous dessert.

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Stir-fried sweet corn with green soy beans and onion, The spices are a dal masala mix and turmeric.

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Added enoki mushrooms, and some greens (umaina). A little lemon juice.

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The earthiness of the soy beans.

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The sweet freshness of corn.

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With leftovers of dough for the gâteaux basques, I baked the crust of a tartelette and a few cookies. On the crust, big dices of mango. Plus a pinch of ground salt and hot chili. You have to try that, just a pinch on mango, and it enhances spectacularly the flavor of a fruit that is already delicious.
Great dessert.

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Indian green curry as a perk of juicing

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Palak saag, the Indian spinach curry is an excellent way to enjoy your greens. Today, I made it to recycle.

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I had 4 days of this ! The grounds that stay in the filter when I make green juice:

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I had 4 days : 1 of spinach, 1 of kikuna (chrysanthemum leaves) and 2 of komatsuna. A full cup.

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Onion, garlic, ginger, whole spices…

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The grounds and a powder mix for chana masala that contains mango and I find excellent. I also added 1 ts of black sugar.

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That gives that mud. I’ve added silky tofu. On top, a tbs of olive oil, fresh veggies.
Mmmmm….

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Plate of India with a pinch of edamania

Edamame, the fresh green soy beans are probably not an Asia tradition, but they fit in so well on a dome of buttered rice.

With leftover cooked brown rice and potatoes, a few veggies, it’s quick to throw in a nice vegetarian Indian one plate meal.


The mild : Cardamom flavored potato and new onion.

The red hot : Garam masala stir-fried okra.

Refreshing mango lassi.

Add a fried egg, and spiced mizuna leaves.

Hmmmm, healthy and satisfying.