May 2014 COTM - My Bombay Kitchen: Soups/Eggs/Salads
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Soups Pg. 73-82
Eggs Pg. 83-92
Salads Pg. 211-220
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Mother's Italian Eggs p. 58-59 - aka Devilled eggs with Cilantro, Lime, Honey and green chiles
Easy to put together, once all the ingredients were in-house. Since we're spice wimps I used a chunk of very mild Anaheim green chile in the filling.
I thought these were wonderful. Turns out my husband doesn't like fresh cilantro. At all. This was one of the few times he's asked me to not repeat a recipe.
Any suggestions for cilantro alternative (not thyme, either) for any other recipes?
I'm going to like this cookbook. This was a good start.
This was good, simple,and worked for a weeknight dinner. Mine had quite a bit of kick to it. I used Serrano chilies and would definitely tone it back if I were cooking for someone who didn't like a lot of chili. The recipe calls for 5 green chiles and the author indicates that Serrano and jalapeno aren't really the right choice; however, that was all my local grocery had and I didn't have time to shop around tonight. She recommends green chiles from an Indian grocer or farmer's market or fresh red chile de arbol.
The recipe is quite easy. You toast the spices (white poppy seed, basmati rice, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, stick cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and turmeric). You grind the spices and then grind with cilantro, chiles, almonds, garlic, ginger, and a little water to make a paste. I ground the spices in a coffee grinder and then used an immersion blender to grind the wet mix. This wasn't a particularly smart choice as I sprayed the mix up into one of my eyes (not good with chile). She mentions a wet grinder. Anyone have one of these?
You brown onion in oil, add the masala and cook a few minutes, and then add chopped chicken thighs, water or chicken stock (I used stock), and cook for about 30 minutes. She gives you the option of using fresh grated coconut or canned coconut milk. I used canned coconut milk which is added at the end.
I served it over her "perfect plain rice" with some lime as she suggested.
One question for those of you who more experienced with spice mixtures ... with the spices, she included 1 T of basmati rice which gets toasted and ground with the masala. What does the toasted rice do? Does it thicken it up or add flavor?
I'm really looking forward to trying more things from this book.
Beet Salad, pg. 214
Beets are enhanced by Worcestershire sauce, hmmm, really. Yep it works. this is a simple enough salad--cut beets, sliced sweet onion, tossed with a dressing of oil, vinegar, and Worcestershire, serve on greens with a few extra slices of onion on top. My onion wasn't quite as sweet as it could have been (one really does want a very sweet onion here) but otherwise very tasty. Our meal that night also included some whipped yogurt, which went very well with the salad.
Beet Salad, p. 214. (Moving my report from the vegetable thread where I incorrectly posted it!)
Another easy-prep, colorful side dish/salad, lightly-sweet and very fresh-tasting. Sliced or chopped cooked beets (I oven-roasted mine) are mixed with thinly-sliced "sweet" onion (I used a red one) and combined with a dressing of olive oil and sherry vinegar (cane or malt vinegar are also suggested) plus some salt. The "secret ingredient" is Worcestershire sauce and it provides a slightly smoky, spicy background that complements the sweetness of the other ingredients. I also had leftovers which I will serve tonight to my beet-loving daughter. I will also make some cucumber raita (p. 225) tonight to serve with it to provide even more savory flavors. As the author says, "Is there anyone who doesn't love [raita] ?"
Cucumber and Ginger Salad, p. 218
I made this to go with the fish in coconut milk. It's quick, simple, and refreshing. Halved and thinly sliced cucumber is dressed with lime juice and salt. Chopped ginger is mixed in. I microplaned some frozen ginger without peeling it. Using the microplane seemed to help it mix evenly into the salad. Shredded mint is listed as optional. I included it and it seemed like a nice addition to a very simple salad.
Cabbage Salad with LIme and Mint - p. 214 - Closeup photo attached. An excellent combination that will get made again here. ETA - beautiful colors, as well as tasty. I made it without the fresh cilantro/corriander (intentional), or chiles (oops) but I did use a good amount fresh mint from my garden and the paper-thin slices of red onion, separated into rings. I also (intentionally) omitted the optional 1- 3 T. of olive oil. My cabbage was cut with a knife to "shred" it - maybe not at all what was intended for "finely shredded", however it worked well for us. The recipe lists salt & sugar to taste as optional. For my quarter-recipe I used juice of one lime, two quick shakes of salt around the bowl and 1/4 tsp. of Splenda.
This was a side, along with rice, for five spice chicken thighs, cooked stovetop with apricots, lemon butter, juice from half a lime, and a small amount of vermouth.
A tasty meal.
Cabbage Salad w/ Mint & Lime.
We enjoyed this one too. For some reason the "sweet" onions have not been at all sweet this spring, so I did salt my onion; and then omitted adding salt when tossing. Also, used a tiny (1/2-1 tsp) bit of veg oil in place of the optional olive oil. Included the cilantro and the mint and the green chile pepper. Served as a side with Kharia and naan it was a perfect bright note to the meal.