Category: Indian

  • Chickpeas and Potatoes in Creamy Coconut Sauce

    When I made this, the ingredient list and steps seemed awfully complicated. But it’s worth it for the flavor of this coconut curry! 1 C dried chickpeas 1-1/2 t cumin seeds 2 t coriander seeds 1/2 t fennel seeds 1/8 t peppercorns 2 T chopped cashews 1 C yogurt, sour cream, or a mixture 2…

  • Green sauce (not really a sauce)

    This is actually a side dish or a vegetarian main dish. Tastes great with lentil dal. Nancy Bacon, who modified this from Yamuna Devi’s Broccoli and Spinach Puree, calls it “mainlining vegetables.” It’s a staple at their house, because the kids love it. 1/2 C water 1 lb fresh spinach or 10-oz frozen spinach 1…

  • Creamy almond-rice pudding

    1/2 C blanched almonds 1/3 C basmati rice 1 C boiling water 4 C half and half 2/3 C sugar Dash of rosewater 1/4 toasted sliced almonds 1/2 C blueberries or dried cherries Stir the almonds, rice, and boiling water together in a bowl and let sit for an hour. Blend this mixture until smooth…

  • Chickpea Flour Goodies

    3/4 C buter 2 C chickpea flour 2 T coconut 2 T chopped walnuts 1/4 t nutmeg 3/4 C brown sugar, packed Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the chickpea flour, coconut, walnuts, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to cook and stir…

  • Indian Coconut Fudge

    1/2 C honey 1/2 C peanut butter 1/2 C finely chopped dates 2/3 C powdered milk (not reconstituted) 1/2 T rose water or orange extract 1-1/2 C coconut Combine honey, peanut butter, dates, and powdered milk and knead it together with your hands. Wash and dry your hands, then form the dough into a long…

  • Pistachio Fudge

    1/2 C sugar 1 C water 3 T butter, separated 1/4 t ground cardamom 1/2 C ground pistachios 1-2/3 C powdered milk (not reconstituted — just the powder) Splash of rose water Boil water and sugar over medium heat for 10 minutes. Then allow the sugar syrup to cool for 10 minutes. Add 1 T…

  • Mock Milk Fudge

    1/2 C unsalted butter, softened 2/3 C powdered sugar 1-3/4 C milk powder 1 t milk or cream 1/2 t vanilla, orange, or almond extract Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Using your hands, work in the milk powder and milk or cream. Wash and dry your hands, then roll into balls and place each…

  • Indian Dosas

    2/3 C split urad dal, without skins 1-1/2 C basmati rice 1/2 T salt 3/4 C butter or oil Wash and sort the dal and soak it in 3 C cold water for 4 hours. Wash and soak the rice in 3 C of cold water, too. Drain the dal and process it in a…

  • Buckwheat Fritters in Yogurt Sauce

    1/3 C sifted buckwheat flour 1/4 t salt 1/4 t sugar 1/3 C water 1/4 t baking powder Oil for frying the fritters 1-3/4 C plain yogurt 1/2 t salt 1/4 t black pepper 1/4 t lime zest 1/2 t lime juice Combine buckwheat flour, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Add water and…

  • Vegetable Raita

    2 C plain yogurt, preferably not non-fat 2 C diced crisp mixed vegetables, diced (consider bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, radishes, jicama, fennel, tomato, or peas) 1 T coriander seeds 1 T cumin seeds 1/2 T fennel seeds 1 t salt 1/4 t cracked black pepper In a small skillet, toast the coriander, fennel, and cumin…