I was grateful for the opportunity to share some Indian food recipes with the gorge at our Taste of India event last night! I enjoyed testing out a variety of chutneys and dishes that I had not previously made and I always enjoy the long, but so worth it process of multi-day yogurt marinades. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these recipes too!
Indian Food Basics
We went over a few spice and food basics last night, summarized here:
Asafoetida (Hing) Powder - Common in Indian cooking and often paired with turmeric in spice blends, it is widely found in lentil, curry and vegetable dishes in India and is added to balance sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors.
Black Cardamom - The smoky cousin of the green cardamom most are familiar with in Norwegian desserts, coffees and teas. I use this for savory Indian cooking when a little smoky flavor is ideal. Comes in pods or powder.
Black Salt - A sulfurous salt that's actually more pink in color than black. It's used sparingly to add a unique flavor to Indian dishes.
Cumin Seed - know them, toast them and love them.
Curry Leaves - I ordered and grew my own curry leaf tree, kept inside since it's a tropical plant, the flavor of fresh curry leaf is irreplaceable. These plants like a south facing window and don't like being below 60 degrees in my experience. www.logees.com/curry-leaf-murraya-koenigii.html
Naan & papadums - buy at a nearby Indian grocer. I found mine at Baazar in Beaverton.
Grated Cane Jaggery - This is just an unrefined cane sugar that is often sold in a cane shape. In our area latino grocers are pretty common and you can usually find this item there as well, where it is often called Piloncillo.
Garlic & Ginger Paste - see Aloo Matar recipe below.
Chicken Tikka Masala
This dish takes a little effort on the preparation side, but is sooo worth it! It freezes well, so make a big batch and enjoy! I just made a big batch for an overnight rafting trip and it was a hit.
CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
Start at least 1 day in advance
Spice level - Mild
Yogurt - Chicken Marinade
2 tsp. house blended garam masala
5 large garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons freshly ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1½ cups full fat yogurt, but not Greek yogurt (I use Nancy's)
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons ghee or butter
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup tomato paste
6 black cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro. 3/4 c for sauce and 1/4 cup for garnish.
Diced hot peppers for garnish if more heat is desired.
To Make Marinade:
Combine marinade spices in a small bowl and set half of spice mixture aside. Whisk yogurt, salt, and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill overnight.
To Make Sauce:
To make the sauce, heat ghee or butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add sliced onion, tomato paste, crushed black cardamom pods, and chili pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add tomatoes with juices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.
Add cream and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.
Once you have the sauce simmering, preheat your broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside sheet. Arrange chicken on rack in a single layer. Broil until chicken starts to blacken in spots (it will not be cooked through), about 10 minutes. Cube chicken into bite-size pieces and add to your sauce along with any remaining marinade and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro and diced spicy green peppers if more heat is desired.
This recipe was shared from How To Cook Indian, a book we carry at Arome by Sanjeev Kapoor with the exception of my addition of ghost pepper salt:
A one dish vegetarian meal that's easy to prepare and can be made in a range of spice levels.
2 Tbl vegetable or peanut oil
1 bay leaf - crumbled
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 medium red onions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp of ginger paste (make in a food processor or buy. Ratio is 7 inches of ginger to 3 Tbl water)
1 1/2 tsp of garlic paste (make in food processor or buy. Ratio is 25 peeled cloves to 1/2 c. water)
1/4 tsp red chile powder (I used Anaheim for this)
4 small russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 oz tomato puree
1 1/4 cup sweet green peas (put these in at the very end)
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. Ghost Pepper salt
2 Tbl finely chopped fresh cilantro
1. Before you begin make sure you have the onions, chopped potatoes and 3 cups of water next to your stove. Place a medium nonstick pan over medium heat and add oil. Once oil is shimmering add in bay leaf and cumin and toast until seeds begin to change color. Quickly add the onion and saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
2. Add turmeric, coriander and chili powder, saute for 30 seconds. Stir in potatoes and 3 cups of water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until potatoes are tender.
3. Stir in tomato puree, cover and cook 8 minutes more.
4. Add garam masala and salt, cover and cook for 10 minutes on low.
5. Add sweet peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes on low until peas are tender.
6. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot!
Cilantro & Mint Chutney
I love this spicy, fresh chutney! It's great on papadams or over the top of any number of lentil and masala dishes. Cater the spice level to your preference.
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh spearmint (you can rehydrate 1/4 cup of dried spearmint by soaking it in cold water for at least 10 minutes and then draining, the mouthfeel isn't quite as good, but it gets better the longer the prepared chutney sits before serving. Don't use peppermint here).
2-3 serano chiles, chopped
1/2 tsp. black salt
1/4 tsp grated cane jaggery
1 tsp amchur powder
1/2 lemon, fresh squeezed
First blend the fresh herbs and chiles in a food processor until smooth, then add remaining ingredients. You can add more salt to taste and again I like a little ghost pepper salt here.
Ginger and Tomato Chutney
Try this chutney with fresh bread or papadums! It's best when you get it really smooth in a food processor, so the texture of the onions is eliminated.
1 Tbl peanut oil
1 - 28oz can of diced tomatoes, well drained
3-inch piece of ginger
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 Tbl white sesame seeds
1 Tbl peanuts
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp red chili powder
1 Tbl grated cane jaggery
1/2 tsp ghost pepper salt
1/2 tsp black or brown mustard seeds
10 fresh curry leaves
1. Place a shallow non-stick saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tsp of oil. When the oil is shimmering add in chopped onion, ginger and tomatoes. If you have a pull chopper you can process the onions and ginger really quickly. Stir and cook this for at least 20 minutes or until mixture is homogeneous, don't skimp on the time here, it can take upwards of 30 minutes depending on your stove and pan.
2. Add the following to a food processor and process until smooth: sesame seeds, peanuts, cumin, chili powder, cane jaggery, salt. Set aside.
3. Place a small non-stick pan with a lid handy over medium heat and add another 1 tsp. of oil. When oil is shimmering add in mustard seeds and curry leaves. Hover lid over pan until seeds begin to sputter, mustard seeds will try to escape the pan and fly at your face, so keep that lid over as they heat up to avoid hot mustard in the eye. Add into chutney and stir.
4. Let cool completely and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
It was on my family farm in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley where I developed a love for cooking and the value of good food. Home grown, fresh, vibrant, good food. As an adult I spent my early years as a civil engineer, but came back to my creative side through encouragement from my husband, family and friends and opened Arome in the spring of 2017. The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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