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Black- Eyed Peas/Lobia with Barley Soup

Black- eyed pea or bean, a legume that has high nutritional value (calcium, folate, vitamin A, etc) is known as the soul food of the South. This is a wholesome soup with pressed barley (oshi mugi) which gives it a subtle thickness.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups black-eyed peas – wash and soak in hot water for ~ an hour (or use fresh shelled or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup pressed barley soak with peas
  • 1 can/14 oz/411 gm cut tomatoes or 4 large Roma tomatoes dice
  • 1 large red onion – chop
  • 1/4 cup cilantro – chop
  • 1 leek stalk – cut thin round slices (optional)
  • 7 cups water

Fresh blend:

  • Food process 5 garlic cloves, 1″ ginger piece, 1/2″  fresh turmeric piece, 1/4″ mango ginger  and 1 green chile

Seasoning:

  • 3 tbsp Mediterranean oil blend/canola,olive,grape seed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp onion seed
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder/hing
  • ~ 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (Kashmiri) or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional-if tartness required)
  • 1 tbsp dry onion flakes

PREPARATION:

  • In a pressure cooker temper cumin, onion seeds and hing in hot oil.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add and saute dry onion, cut onion, leek and fresh blend until light golden.
  • Add the rest of the seasoning except salt, garam masala and lemon juice.
  • Saute 3 – 4 min. Then add black-eyed peas, barley and cut tomatoes. Add 7 cups of water.
  • Cook for ~ 15 min. First on high until the steam is released then reduce to medium low.
  • Turn of heat. Wait until the cooker has released all the steam before opening it’s lid.
  • Add salt and garam masala; cook for a few min more. Mash some of the the peas and tomatoes against the side of the cooker.
  • Garnish with cilantro before serving.

*Note:

  • Enjoy with your favorite munches or scoop of cottage cheese!
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Mango Masala Chaat Pizza

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Our friends, Manisha, Lavanya, and Sunil, had scoped out a restaurant called “Pizza and Curry” in Fremont, CA where they ran into a Mango Chaat Pizza. Over the weekend, my daughter went to Bodega Bay with Manisha and she reinvented this Mango Chaat Pizza and it was a supreme hit. 4 pizzas were wiped out clean within minutes. We can salute to this pizza TODAY at the opening night of the London Olympics 2012 (NBC @ 7:30pm – Pacific time).

Ingredients: (1 pizza)

  • 1 Organic wheat pizza crust (can buy at Whole Foods)
  • 1 medium sized onions (sliced into thin long pieces)
  • 1 bell pepper (cut into small cubes)
  • 2.5 mangoes (slightly ripe – hard enough to cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/4 bunch of Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 packet of shredded Mozarella cheese
  • ~1 cup of Mint Chutney
  • ~1/2 cup of Ketchup (use the bottle)
  • 2 tbsp Chaat Masala (get at store – good brands “MDH”)

Preparation: 

  • Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
  • Lay out the Organic pizza crust on kitchen table
  • Spread mint chutney as desired evenly on the pizza crust leaving 1/2 inch off the edge
  • Next, squeeze the Ketchup as desired evenly on the crust (~1/2 cup per pizza)
  • Then place cubes of mango, bell pepper, chopped cilantro and slices of onion on the pizza
  • Lastly, sprinkle shredded Mozarella cheese as desired
  • Put finished pizza either directly in the oven or on top of an aerated pizza pan
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes until top is golden and cheese is bubbling
  • Remove pizza and sprinkle 2 tbsp Chaat Masala evenly on the pizza
  • VOILA – Thanks Manisha for a wonderful Olympic Meal!

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GARLIC RICE

Carmalized savory garlic rice.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups rice – microwave uncovered in 4 cups water/ 1 tbsp butter or olive oil for 23 min.

1 cup slivered garlic

1 stem curry leaves

4 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Seasoning:

1 tsp small mustard seeds

3/4 tsp carom seed

1/2 tsp urad daal

1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida

4 to 5 hand broken red chiles or to taste

1 tsp salt or to taste

2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

PREPARATION:

Temper mustard, carom, urad in oil – reduce heat add fenugreek, asafoetida, red chiles, curry leaves and garlic. Saute until garlic is roasted. Add salt and mix the seasoning with rice.

Garnish with cilantro. Serve with yogurt on the side.

Quick Upit (cream of wheat and oats) – Breakfast

This weekend we had a lot of family and guests stay for the weekend. Although cereal is readily available and eating out is a must. The one wake up meal that is always available at my house is a hot stirred pot of salty cream of wheat. The salty smell brings everyone to the kitchen for a quick morning feast.

If you are looking for something salty in the morning then start the day with Upit (cream of wheat and oats) made healthy, tasty and satisfying.

Salty breakfast

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup cream of wheat (suji)
  • 1 1/2 cup flat oats
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno sliced or any green chile
  • 1/2 red onion (optional)
  • 4 Campari tomatoes on vine
  • Finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 stem of curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cup of  hot water

SEASONING: 

  • 2 tbsp oil (I use olive, but can use vegetable, safola oil, etc)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad daal
  • 1/8 tsp carom (ajwain)
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

PREPARATION: 

Temper mustard, urad and carom, reduce heat then add hing, methi, jalapeno and salt. After a min. add cream of wheat and roast for 3 min., then add oats and roast for 2 min. more. Add boiling water slowly while stirring so no clumps are formed. Mix in the tomatoes and cilantro.

Serve with 1 tsp of butter and chutney pudi (dry chutney made from lentils/spices)

Chatpata Aloo Paratha (Potato)

Aloo Paratha is one of the most popular dishes made in North and central India. It is a paratha stuffed with potatoes which is cooked on a hot skillet and smothered with ghee (butter) if you feel like you could use the extra calories (an excellent choice for all the ravenous pregnant women). Ready for a quick hot meal that goes excellent with yogurt and Indian pickles?

Ingredients:

4 large Idaho, Russet or Yukon yellow potatoes – pierce and microwave for ~ 20 min or boil in water. Don’t overcook. Grate the potatoes so no lumps are there.

Fresh blend–1 big piece ginger ~ 2″ to 3″, 1 small piece turmeric ~ 1/2″  to 1″, 4 to 5 red and green Thai chile, 1 medium size red onion, 1 bunch cilantro –  coarse chop and place in the food processor except onion until last and use pulse button.

Masala:

  • 1/2  tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/3 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp MTR garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp pomegranate powder or mango powder (aamchur) or both
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt–salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder optional

Preparation for filling:

Add all the masala and fresh blend in the grated potatoes. Mix and make large size balls.

Preparation for dough:

4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/4 tsp salt,  pinch of asafoetida and 1/8 tsp red pepper powder–make soft dough by adding water little at a time so it is easy to spread. It’s okay to over work the dough. Cover with a towel for 10 minutes before making the parathas.

Oil hands and make a small ball – flatten and roll. Oil it, put potato ball on top, cover and close dough. Use all purpose flour to spread the paratha thin or thick and remove extra flour before shallow frying on both sides. Your choice to make it soft or crispy. My family gives their request a day before.  Enjoy with pickles, mint yogurt, and chutneys or even melted grated Mexican cheese blend.

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