* Coriander seeds- 1/2 cup
* Cumin seeds- 1/4 cup
* Black mustard seeds- 1 tablespoon
* Black peppers- 1 tsp
* Red chilies- 5
* Fenugreek seeds- 3/4 tsp
* Turmeric powder- 2 tsps
* Dried curry leaves- 20
In a heavy-bottomed pan fry all the ingredients for 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat. Grind all the roasted ingredients together to a powder. Store in an airtight container.
6 dried red chilies
1 ounce coriander seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
10 fresh curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
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This medium-hot curry blend can be used in any dish that calls for curry powder.
Remove the seeds from the chilies. Dry roast the whole spices over a medium heat until they darken, stirring or shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Leave to cool, then grind to a powder. Dry roast the curry leaves in the pan for a few minutes, then grind and add them to the mixture with the ginger and turmeric, blending well.
Widely used in Indian cooking, authentic Indian curry powder is freshly ground each day and can vary dramatically depending on the region and the cook. Curry powder is actually a pulverized blend of up to 20 spices, herbs and seeds. Among those most commonly used are cardamom, chiles, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, fenugreek, mace, nutmeg, red and black pepper, poppy and sesame seeds, saffron, tamarind and turmeric (the latter is what gives curried dishes their characteristic yellow color). Commercial curry powder–which bears little resemblance to the freshly ground blends of southern India–comes in two basic styles: standard, and the hotter of the two, “Madras” curry powder.
Curry powder is used to flavor soups and stews, and is great for adding a kick to all kinds of sauces and marinades, as well as meatloaf and burgers, and chicken, tuna, pasta and potato salads. Since curry powder quickly loses its pungency, it should be stored, airtight, no longer than two months.
“Curry powder” as we know it was a British invention, not an Indian one, intended to capture the flavor of Indian cooking without the painstaking effort of custom-blending, roasting and grinding spices for every dish prepared. And even more strangely, most curry powder doesn’t even contain curry leaves! Curry became a great favorite in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, and its popularity soon spread to Japan.
Americans once primarily enjoyed curry in Indian and Thai restaurants. Now, curry blends are being added to familiar foods, from a simple roast chicken breast to sautéed shrimp and vegetables. Curry is a key element of South and Southeast Asian, Caribbean, Japanese, English and Australian cooking. At the heart of most curry blends is a flavor base of black or red pepper, coriander and cumin. A number of spices can be added to this base to create different flavor experiences. Garam masala, for example, is a sweeter curry, featuring cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Hot Madras curry delivers the heat and intense flavor of the Madras region of India and also includes fenugreek, turmeric and garlic. Red curry blends are a complex mix of select spices, chile peppers and cardamom. As Americans become more familiar with curry, they’re discovering a wide range of flavor possibilities.
What the Experts Say
“We like to combine curry with fruits such as apples, bananas and passion fruit, and sweeter flavors like vanilla,” says Chef Shawn McClain, of Spring and Green Zebra in Chicago. “For example, we serve a Maine lobster spring roll with passion fruit-curry sauce.”
Perfect Flavor Partners Include:
basil, cilantro, citrus, coconut, garlic, ginger, mango, mint, passion fruit, plantains, vanilla and yogurt
Bright golden yellow or toasty brown.
Flavor & Aroma
Both musky and bright; sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy
Since up to 20 spices can comprise curry powder, its profile is complex. Turmeric and fenugreek add earthiness; cinnamon and cardamom add sweetness; chiles and pepper add heat
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 fresh green chili peppers, such as serrano, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons coriander powder
2 tablespoons white poppy seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon ajwain seeds
10 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1. In a medium-sized skillet, roast the coconut over medium heat, stirring continuously for about 8 minutes until it is golden and crispy. Transfer to a bowl.
2. In the same skillet, dry roast the garlic and green chili peppers over medium heat, stirring continuously for about 8 minutes until it is dry and golden.
3. Place the remaining spices in the skillet and dry roast over medium heat, stirring and shaking the pan until they are golden and very fragrant. Remove and cool.
4. Mix all the roasted ingredients together, put in a spice grinder in batches, and process at high speed until spices are finely ground like powder.
5. Pour into a non reactive container, cover tightly, and store up to 3 months
This easy-to-make spice blend is the heart of most Indian dishes. A combination of different spices, it probably has as many recipes as there are families in India! Here is a basic one. Once you get a feel for the taste it gives your cooking, experiment and alter it to suit your needs.
Garam masala is best made fresh just before you begin cooking, but if you haven’t got the patience (like me!), make a batch ahead and store for several months in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place.
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* 4 tbsps coriander seeds
* 1 tbsp cumin seeds
* 1 tbsp black peppercorns
* 1 ½ tsps black cumin seeds (shahjeera)
* 1 ½ tsps dry ginger
* ¾ tsp black cardamom (3-4 large pods approx)
* ¾ tsp cloves
* ¾ tsp cinnamon (2 X 1” pieces)
* ¾ tsp crushed bay leaves
* Heat a heavy skillet on a medium flame and gently roast all ingredients (leave cardamom in its pods till later) except the dry ginger, till they turn a few shades darker. Stir occasionally. Do not be tempted to speed up the process by turning up the heat as the spices will burn on the outside and remain raw on the inside.
* When the spices are roasted turn of the flame and allow them to cool.
* Once cooled, remove the cardamom seeds from their skins and mix them back with all the other roasted spices.
* Grind them all together, to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
* Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place.
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We had been lately treated to some dinner at the house of Katrina, 1 of my husbands graduate students. The food was all fantastic (I forgot my camera, obviously) but I especially desired to share 1 of the recipes – a cold noodle dish – with you. It is ideal for summer time, tastes fabulous and is so simple to create. I utilized Ancient Harvest quinoa noodles that are created with corn flour and quinoa and are gluten-free. I had regarded producing this with udon noodles or entire wheat spaghetti but opted for the quinoa rather, and it was ideal. I also believe buckwheat noodles will be a great option.
Katrina, who’s from China and therefore understands the greatest elements to utilize for this traditional Chinese dish, gave me a package of specially seasoned nori to utilize in the recipe, but I believe you can use plain toasted nori too. When she gave me the noodle recipe, Katrina told me what elements she utilized, but did not give me any quantities, so the quantities I’m listing are what I made the decision to utilize. The completed dish tasted fantastic, but really feel free of charge to create adjustments should you disagree with my quantities.
Makes two average, or three to four very small servings.
We served the noodles with barbecued seitan and steamed kale. The seitan was supposed to be barbecued, but since we don’t currently have a barbecue, we marinated it in sauce and pan fried it in a small amount of oil. You could also broil it.
Eating raw garlic doesn’t agree with my digestive system, but these noodles are so good I was willing to feel a little sick in order to eat them. Maybe next time I’ll try drinking a big mug of peppermint tea with my raw garlic.
More than the weekend, I played with the very first of the numerous analogs I picked up at MT Marketplace, the vegan “smoky pork belly”. I need to say, very first of all, that although I utilized to adore bacon, and I’ve frequently heard of it as “the gateway back to meat”, I do not truly miss it, and I do not like most of the bacon analogs I’ve tried. Most bacon analogs possess a truly intense liquid smoke flavour, or if the flavour is okay, the texture is as well a lot like a cracker. I’m NOT a fan of liquid smoke. When I want a flavour as smoky, salty and complicated as bacon, I generally add alder wooden smoked cigarettes sea salt along with a dash of olive oil or toasted sesame oil. If I want some thing which is comparable to bacon in each flavour and texture, I like to make use of either pan-fried dulse, tempeh which is been simmered inside a marinade of shoyu, alder wooden smoked cigarettes sea salt, drinking water and occasionally garlic, smoked cigarettes paprika, or black pepper, or, for the most fatty bacon texture, fresh shiitake mushrooms pan-fried in olive oil till slightly browned and seasoned with alder wooden smoked cigarettes sea salt along with a dash of shoyu. As you are able to tell, in my home, we’re large fans of alder wooden smoked cigarettes sea salt–JD utilizes it anytime he can, and usually pleads for me to place it in the greens-blanching- drinking water.
In the package, the vegan pork stomach looked like a thick piece of black pepper cured, unsliced bacon. I toyed close to having a couple of suggestions, like utilizing it as the pork inside a batch of green chile, but in the end, I made the decision to attempt a little of it merely pan-fried with a number of the stunning Asian greens I experienced, to ensure that we could truly tastes the flavour, and get a really feel for the texture. I reduce about 1/4 cup of the vegan pork stomach into 1/4″ dice and as I diced I was a small impressed with the way the “meat” and “fat” experienced various textures, and I wondered if they would tastes various, as well. If I experienced been utilizing real bacon or pork stomach, I would not have required any salt or oil, but because the white component of the vegan pork stomach wasn’t truly solid body fat, I figured I’d require a little of oil. I heated about a teaspoon of safflower oil inside a cast iron pan, then additional the diced vegan pork stomach. I utilized safflower oil simply because I desired a flavor-neutral oil, to ensure that we could tastes all the flavour nuances of the pork stomach. Following the pork stomach started to brown, I additional the thick, sliced stalks of the Chinese broccoli, but did not include any salt, simply because I believed the vegan pork stomach would have lots of salt. At this point, I made the decision that a small garlic and some chili flakes would include a truly great flavour, so I additional a pinch of crushed red chili flakes, and about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (usually, I’d use fresh crushed garlic, but because my pan was currently hot, and there was some liquid in the pan, I knew the garlic powder wouldn’t burn). Following about two minutes, I additional the gorgeous, super-tiny heads of mystery greens, which I just washed and reduce in half. I sautéed these for about 1 much more minute, then additional the leafy tops of the Chinese broccoli and sautéed for about two much more minutes. Because the dish experienced a definite Asian bend, I believed some toasted sesame seeds will be a great garnish.
General, the dish was truly quite, and the taste was great, even though it would happen to be difficult to screw up individuals lovely greens. The vegan pork stomach was type of neat and enjoyable, but in this dish, it did not truly provide something new. JD like it sufficient, but did not rush back for seconds, and as I told JD, it did not truly add something that tempeh as well as smoked or fried tofu couldn’t. The big pieces of black pepper additional a truly great taste, and the smoke taste was moderate sufficient to become pleasant without having tasting overpoweringly artificial, however it was nearly as well moderate, actually, I discovered myself wishing I experienced additional a little bit of smoked salt although cooking. The “meat” and “fat” component of the pork stomach did have slightly various tastes and textures, which was novel, but following this dish, I wasn’t impressed sufficient with this element to picture heading away from my method to purchase it once again.
A minimum of, I couldn’t picture heading away from my to purchase it once again till I experienced The BLT of AWESOMENESS. As I was placing away the remaining unused vegan pork stomach, I believed I ought to truly attempt slicing it and utilizing it like bacon. I made the decision that a BLT will be the method to go, partially simply because I experienced most of the elements on hand. I frequently make Dulse, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches having a slice of avocado, and I adore these simply because they’re fast, simple and scrumptious. I figured the vegan pork stomach might be an fascinating addition, but I no concept..<br>.
I started by heating a little quantity of safflower oil in my cast iron pan, then adding the sliced vegan pork stomach, along with a small little bit of smoked sea salt to enhance the smokiness. Although that was browning, I reduce my ciabatta into a sandwich-size square, and sliced it in 50 %. I spread FYH vegan mayonnaise on the best 50 %, then topped that with two layers of thinly-sliced tomato–you could use 1 layer of thick-cut tomato for much less mess, but arrive on, sloppy is much more scrumptious! At about this point, the very first side of vegan pork stomach slices experienced browned, so I flipped then, and positioned slices from 50 % a little avocado on the bottom 50 % of the ciabatta, sprinkled it with sea salt, and place a great bed of baby red and green romaine leaves more than the avocado. By now, the vegan pork stomach was nicely browned, so I positioned it more than the lettuce, place the best 50 % of ciabatta on, and sliced it.
It had been gorgeous. Thinly sliced layer upon layer, mayonnaise coating tomatoes and leading to them to gently slide down the baby lettuce, although the vegan bacon glistens and the avocado all but hides below the lettuce. I nearly did not wish to consume it. Nearly. It had been certainly 1 of the best 5 sandwiches I’ve actually had in my existence. I believe it’d most likely even be the second greatest, only behind a tempeh reuben created with fresh, homemade sourdough rye.
Although I had been constructing my sandwich, JD observed I had been in the kitchen, and came to determine what I had been producing. He made the decision he also desired a sandwich with the vegan pork belly (despite the fact that he had lunch meat and smoked salmon in the fridge), so he sliced up and fried the remainder. Because he doesn’t like avocado, lettuce, raw tomato, or mayo in any form (JD picky?? Nah!), he just had a vegan pork belly sandwich, so apparently it was much more than tasty sufficient to satisfy even a omnivore, even when meat choices are obtainable. Simply because of its stellar participation in The BLT of AWESOMENESS, I need to say I would certainly purchase vegan “smoky pork belly” once again, but most likely only for use in sandwiches.