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Persian inspired Lamb Shanks with paprika, saffron and rosewater

This is my version of Persian lamb shanks slow cooked in a mixture of lime juice, orange juice, rosewater, saffron, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, paprika, pepper, thyme, garlic and saffron. The combination of spices and citrus permeates the lamb and the resulting dish is fragrant and delicious. Don’t be scared off by the long list of ingredients, the end result is worth the preparation and slow cooking. We had these with a spinach salad with orange segments and pomegranate seeds which complemented the flavours of the lamb perfectly. It would also go well with Caramelised Brussel Sprout, spinach and pomegranate salad. A definite new favourite winter comfort food dish! Preparation time: 1.5 hours Cooking time: 2-2.5 hours Ingredients: 4 frenched lamb shanks Powdered/ ground spices: 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon cardamom powder 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 2 teaspoons smoked paprika Fragrant mix: 2 teaspoons saffron threads 1 teaspoon rosewater Juice of 2 limes Zest of 2 limes Juice of half an orange Zest of 1 orange …

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

My friend Jennifer recently went to Sri Lanka and came back bearing gifts of Sri Lankan spices…a roasted fenugreek and mustard seed mix and a meat (Masala) spice mix. Looking for inspiration to use these spices I found a chicken curry recipe in Australian chef Peter Kuruvita’s recipe book, Serendip. This recipe is based on his with a few tweaks, it is really a 4 step process beginning with making the thickening mixture, marinating the chicken, getting the ingredients for the braising prepared and then actually cooking the curry. The result is a creamy curry with well balanced spice. Thanks Peter! Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1. Thickening Mixture: 1 tablespoon long grain rice 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut 2 red chillies, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 green cardamom pods 2 cloves 2. Marinating mixture 1.5 kg chicken thigh fillets, fat removed and cut into medium size chunks 2 teaspoons cumin powder 3 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon roasted fenugreek and mustard seed mix …

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Monkfish with dill, chilli potatoes and watercress

This is my twist on the Rick Stein classic dish of monkfish, potatoes and watercress. The addition of my favourite ingredients – chilli and garlic – plus the dill spices it up and adds delicious flavour. The texture and flavour of monkfish, which is also great in curries, works well with this combination, with a squeeze of lemon brightening up the whole dish at the end. Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2 medium size potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced 3 whole red chillies 1/2 bunch fresh dill tough stalks removed and finely chopped 1 bunch watercress (about 4 or 5 cups when cleaned and chopped) 2 fillets of monkfish (about 500g) Olive oil Balsamic vinegar 1/2 lemon cut into half again Salt and pepper Method: 1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 2. Bring a pot of salted water to boil, add potatoes, garlic and while chillies and boil until potatoes are just cooked, about 8-10 minutes. Darin and leave to dry out. 3. Meanwhile, pat monkfish …

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Sugar plum and chilli sauce with Indian flavours

Thanks to @bellyrumbles for your Easy Chilli Plum Sauce Recipe – goo.gl/G2qhsv which I used over the weekend with some adaptions to create a delicious sugar plum chilli sauce. Now I have a heap of it to enjoy in coming weeks! My version follows… Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 50 minutes Ingredients: 1kg of sugar plums chopped with seeds kept for mixture 150 g caster sugar 100g brown sugar 500ml white wine vinegar 10-12 small red chillies 1/2 finger size piece of ginger cut into pieces 10 g salt 2 star anise I tablespoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon black peppercorns Handful of fresh curry leaves (2 large sprigs with leaves removed from stems) Method: Chop sugar plums into pieces keeping the bits with the stone. Put rest of ingredients in large heavy based non-stick pot and slowly bring to a simmer. simmer for 45-50 minutes until fruit has gone past pulpy to form a sauce Allow to cool for 10 minutes or so Strain in portions through a fine sieve to seperate sauce from …

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Indian Five Spice: Panch Phoran

Panch Phoran is an Indian whole spice blend used mostly in eastern part of India like, Odisha,West Bengal etc. It is also called as Pancha Phutana (In Odisha), pach phoran (In West Bengal), paanch phorana. Panch phoran means mixture of five spices. The spices used in panch phoran are whole seeds and each in equal […] via Panch Phoran — Food Express odisha

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Prawn Curry with Fennel Seeds

I recently went to make this traditional family curry and realised I haven’t previously posted the recipe. So here it is, a quick and delicious curry that is perfect for weeknight dinners with rice and salad or as part of a bigger Indian spread. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 500g green prawns (shelled and deveined) 2 ripe tomatoes diced finely 1 large onion diced finely 4 cloves garlic and equal amount of ginger, pounded to a paste 1/2 tspoon salt 1/2 tspoon sugar 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon fennel powder 1/2 teaspoon cummin powder 2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate 1.5-2 cups water 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds Handful of fresh curry leaves(optional) 1/2 bunch corinader – stems chopped, leaves retained for garnish coriander leaves to garnish Method: Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add fennel seeds and curry leaves and stir until fragrant, taking care not to burn. Add onions and cook gently until almost transparent. Add …

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Beef and black bean with chilli

Last night we decided on Chinese in celebration of Chinese New Year. This recipe is based on Kylie Kwong’s Braised Chicken Drumsticks with black Bean and Chilli but is much quicker made with thinly sliced beef. Of course we have all had Beef and Black Bean Sauce in Chinese restaurants but this dish is a bit different made with salted black beans and “blackened”chilli. I have added green capsicum and mushrooms for a satisfying one dish meal all cooked in the wok. Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients 500g very thinly sliced beef (I use rump steak) 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon malt vinegar 1 teaspoon sesame oil 3 red chillies sliced in half 3 green chillies sliced in half 1 onion sliced thickly 1 green capsicum deseeded and sliced 3 large mushrooms sliced thickly 5cm piece of ginger 4 cloves garlic 1/2 bunch spring onions sliced on the diagonal 1 tablespoon chilli oil (optional) 2tablespoons salted black beans 100ml Shao Hsing wine or dry sherry …

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Asian Pork and Fennel Pot Stickers with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce

Originally posted on spaulyseasonalservings:
Wow these were delicious. I have always been a little scared of fiddly recipes but this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I adapted Donna Hays recipe as I know she likes to keep things as simple as she can. My crimping wasn’t perfect but that didn’t matter at all, as long as there are no gaps so water gets in they are fine. I had a go at a thai dipping sauce which worked a treat and I also serves them with kecap manis which is my favourite asian sauce. The pot stickers themselves were full of flavour and well balanced. The top of the dumpling was nice and tender and the yummy crispy bottoms were amazing. Ingredients (makes 16) 16 wonton wrappers 2 tbsp of oil for frying For the filling 500g pork mince 5 spring onions chopped 1 fennel bulb, grated (squeeze out water once grated) 2 garlic cloves, minced inch piece of ginger, minced small bunch of coriander, finely chopped 1 tablespoon kecap manis…

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Lamb Xacuti – Goan curry

Cooking this recipe was inspired by the beautiful story and recipe posted by The Storyteller’s Kitchen Chicken Xacuti but I made it tonight using lamb. It was certainly very delicious and is easy to make but does involve quite a number of steps for the three seperate spice mixes involved. I didn’t have any mace so just gave it a miss but the original recipe calls for it to be included in the masala (dry spice mix). I have added extra coriander and curry leaves and was pleased with the result. I have also divided the recipe up into the different components into groups to help follow the recipe. Hope it helps! This is almost like an Indian version of Indonesian rendang except sharper tasting through the use of green chillies and lots of fresh coriander. We had a tangy cucumber, tomato, carrot and spinach salad with it and plain basmati rice. A very More-ish dish! Prep time: 35 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes Resting time: 30 minutes Ingredients: Coriander Spice Marinade: 8 garlic cloves …

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Why is Cinnamon good for you?

Originally posted on New to Nutrition:
Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon Cinnamon is High in a Substance with Powerful Medical Properties. Loaded with Antioxidants Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties Lowers Blood Sugar Levels Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect May Have Beneficial Effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases May Help Lower cancer Risk Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally Benefits Skin Health Sources: Healthline, draxe ?

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Chicken Xacuti

Very interesting recipe which I will be trying tomorrow…maybe with lamb instead? The Storyteller's Kitchen ‘Xacuti’ or ‘Shagoti’ is an intense Goan curry made with chicken and a long host of spices, carefully roasted and ground with the quintessential coconut that’s so definitive of Goa. The chicken is often replaced with mutton and tastes equally good. We rather like our Goan food full of spice and heat but do feel free to cut down on the amount of Chilli to suit your taste. It’s all about experimenting  with the diverse flavors till you find a version of the curry that you can call your own. “Hurry, hurry! It’s nearly time to eat!” said Prakash as he and his band of cousins raced home. They’d spent the afternoon catching tadpoles from the emerald-green pond near the Shantadurga temple. Oil lamps were being lit in the huts surrounding the fields and smoke curled out the chimneys. The Peacocks, hidden from view in the fruit orchards, cried out as… View original post 1,246 more words

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Spicy Indian Lemon Pickles

Originally posted on Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California:
Indian lemon pickles are typically made with lemons, salt, spices and oil, and are used as a spicy condiment to accompany everything from rice to vegetables to chapatis and tortillas, to have with fish, chicken, and even to use as spreads in sandwiches. Lemon pickles are a great way to use not just the juice of the lemon but the entire lemon, skin and all. There are many recipes for Indian lemon pickles; here I would like to share with you my friend Devi’s lemon pickle recipe. Devi’s lemon pickles are not too spicy, simple, and easy to make. ? With green chilies, ginger, and garlic, a hint of spices and loads of lemons, this is a delicious lemon pickle that anyone can make at home. Devi’s Lemon Pickle Ingredients: 4 cups lemon cut into small pieces (1/2 inch size ) 1/4 cup ginger cut into small pieces 1/4 cup garlic sliced into long pieces 1/4 cup salt 1 cup plus more lemon juice if needed 2…

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Pancetta wrapped prawns with watermelon, mint and feta salad

Recently discovered wrapping prawns in pancetta before frying them. The pancetta adds a layer of crispy saltiness which goes brilliantly with the sweetness of the watermelon in this salad. I also made it while I was in Bali with pomelo and watermelon salad which was also delicious but pomelos aren’t as easy to find in Australia. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 12 green prawns peeled with tails left on 12 thinly slices of pancetta 2 cups watermelon cut in cubes 3-4 cups of Rocket leaves for salad base 1 cup mint leaves roughly torn 1/2 cup of Persian marinated feta Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil for dressing 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying prawns Salt and pepper Method Prepare salad base by scattering watermelon, and mint on top of rocket leaves, then sprinkling with bits of feta and dressing with dressing made with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste Wrap each prawn in a slice of pancetta Heat oil in non-stick pan and fry prawns …

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Smashed Potatoes With Jalapeño Chilli

Originally posted on Cooking Up The Pantry:
I like having more of a gutsy potato dish when we are having a gently seasoned meat or veggie dish. These potatoes aren’t too spicy and make a nice change from a plain spud. Serves 6. Ingredients 40g butter 30mls olive oil 1kg baby potatoes, cooked 2 jalapeño chillies, deseeded and finely sliced 5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 3 spring onions, finely sliced Salt and pepper Method In a large pan, heat the butter and oil over a medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic and sliced chillies. Cook for 3 minutes without allowing the garlic to colour. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the garlic and chilli out of the pan and set aside. Using your hands, gently squash the potatoes to break them into two or three pieces and place the pieces in the pan. Sprinkle over the smoked paprika and turn the potatoes until they are all coloured with the paprika. Now, over a medium to high…

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Vegetarian Rice Pilau

This is a quick and easy rice dish that is delicious just with Tarka Dhal, raita and pickles, or as a side dish served with Indian Hunter’s style roast lamb or curries. It is even better the day after and can be eaten cold like a rice salad. Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time:10-15 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup basmati rice 4-5 cups water 1 brown onion finely diced 1 carrot diced 1 cup cooked corn kernels (canned is fine) 1 cup of frozen peas 1 tspoon cummin seeds Handful of curry leaves (optional) 1 clove garlic and piece of ginger crushed to a paste 1/2 tspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cummin powder Handful of coriander leaves chopped for garnish (optional) 2 teaspoons butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons salt Method 1. Bring 4.5 cups of water to a boil, add 1 tspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of basmati rice. Par-boil rice for 10 minutes until rice is half-cooked, strain and set aside. 2. Heat oil in non-stick …

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Ubud Food Festival 2018 to be held on 13-15 April

Originally posted on Global Gastronaut:
Indonesia’s leading food event, Ubud Food Festival (UFF) is returning for its 2018 edition on 13 – 14 April. This is the fourth iteration of the festival which highlights Indonesia’s food culture and promises three packed days of talks, workshops, cooking demonstrations, live performances and food tours. “After three years of celebrating Indonesia’s culinary heritage and food heroes and connecting them with the region’s best, it’s clear we’re playing a vital role in putting Indonesia on the world food map,” said Janet DeNeefe, UFF’s founder and director. SEE ALSO:Bangkok to host {Re}, region’s first multinational food symposium Right most: Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. Image Credit: Anggara Mahendra. This year’s festival is themed after ‘Generasi Inovasi’ — or Innovative Generation – inspired by the young and tech-savvy population that’s spearheading the country’s boom in the innovation economy. Indeed, the World Economic Forum noted that the sprawling archipelago alone has over 150 million mobile subscribers and 80 million internet users. “In 2018 we’re shining a spotlight on the future of Indonesia’s food industry, from…

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Indian Spiced Fish Pie

Originally posted on freespiritfood:
This recipe is based on Rick Stein’s classic fish pie recipe but with an Indian twist. The addition of traditional Indian spices to the milk and cream mixture in which the seafood is lightly poached, and using “aloo bharta” or Indian style mashed potato for the topping bring the flavours of the sub-continent to this classic British dish. (A kind of reverse colonialism, I suppose.) Prep time: 1hr 20 mins  Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 3 flathead fillets (or any firm white, unsmoked fish) 1 medium size fillet of smoked cod or haddock 8-10 green prawns peeled 2 eggs 1 egg yolk (to brush top of mash) 300ml milk + 3 tablespoons for mash 150ml cream 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 1/2 finger length of ginger peeled 3 potatoes (fluffy potatoes like Desiree or King Edward) 6 cloves 6 cardamom pods 1.5 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon cummin handful of curry leaves 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds handful of coriander leaves 100g butter…

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Night Rooster Cocktails rule the roost!

Stopped by Night Rooster by Locavore in Ubud for spectacular and very creative cocktails featuring a mixture of top shelf and homemade liquors. The delicious concoctions showcase unique Indonesian/Balinese spices and display a level of innovation in cocktail recipes that I have not come across before. Adrian had the Ashes cocktail which is almost a live performance rather than just a drink. My Née-Groni was very nice too, not involving any fire, but made with Tanqueray gin and a homemade vermouth. If you are lucky enough to get a seat on the balcony, you can sip your drinks with a bird eye view of Jalan Dewisita. Night Rooster is upstairs from Golden Monkey on the corner of Jalan Gootama and Jalan Dewisita. Great looking bar and small dishes menu as well but we didn’t try on this occasion as we were on our way to dinner. Great value for money at IR130,000 (AU$13) each! Definitely a must visit bar on your next trip to Ubud!

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Brined Pork Chops

I had never thought of brining pork chops before I cook them before but after another recent successful turkey brining experience at Christmas , I though I would try it with pork. Of course then I found a host of articles about how brining is great for adding moisture to pork chops, cutlets and roasts and avoiding having dry pork ever again! (Took me long enough to find out!). I just brined the chops for half an hour before cooking them and I cannot tell you what a difference it made to browning the chops and creating a delicious sauce to go with them. The chops were juicy and delicious. I can’t wait to try the technique with my next pork roast. Prep time: 35-40minutes cooking time: 15-20 minutes including making sauce Brining ingredients: 2 cups water 1/4 cup salt Juice of half an orange Half an orange sliced 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper 1 tspoon juniper berries 1 tablespoon or so of fresh rosemary leaves 2 pork chops or cutlets 1 tablespoon olive oil …

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BALINESE SAMBAL MATAH (FRESH RAW CHILLI SAMBAL)

Originally posted on MyKitchenAdventure:
Owwh yeah, when I want to transport into sunny beaches in my home country, not only Bali in Particular, but all over beaches in Indonesia. Since Indonesia are country with a lot of island we definitely have plentiful beautiful beaches and this recipe are remind me of sitting on white sand, hot sunny beach, eating and eating *haha. Why particularly I associate this Sambal with beaches, hmm fresh spiciness for hit of hot sun, kaffir lime leaves for tropical wind, spicy shallot to blend the flavour and saltiness for the taste of sea water, it is quite reasonable, am I? hehe. I enjoy this Sambal with Indonesian tempeh, yeahh, my culinary heritage, it is so humble yet so nutritious. I used to make tempeh by myself after living in Madrid, to craft it need a lot of patience, to set the right temperature, good treatment for the soy, and a lot of love, woww, need some dedication, but thank you, I already find Indonesian, living in Madrid that crafted tempeh professionally,…

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