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Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Salad, Spices | 0 comments

Nit’ir Qibe

Nit’ir Qibe

After Berbere another most important ingredient of Ethiopian cooking is Nit’ir Qibe.As i found out,the star ingredient of the show is clarified butter or “Ghee” as Indians have known it.I am very well used to “Ghee” growing up.My grandmother churned the milk and made ghee,something i have watched growing up.Aroma is just intoxicating when that happens. Nit’ir qibe is basically spice infused ghee.Isn’t that clever?When you  are making dish using Nit’ir Qibe,your five senses will awaken and your kitchen would be filled with aroma. PrintNit’ir Qibe Ingredients1/2 cup Ghee 1/4 small chopped onion 1 clove garlic crushed 1/2 tsp Fenugreek 1/2 tsp Oregano 1/2 tspTurmeric 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp sage 4 cardamom pods brokenInstructionsIn a pan,add ghee along with rest of the ingredients. Keep cooking at low heat for 20 mins or so. Strain the spices and rest is edible liquid gold...

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Indian, Salad | 0 comments

Raita

Raita

If you have been to Indian restaurants here in US ,you must have noticed white yogurt sauce in the condiment area of buffet.I was puzzled to see it labeled as ‘Raita’ for the first time.It was nothing like what i grew up eating.I noticed two different variation of it. In North Indian restaurants,it has shredded cucumber and carrots,may be some cilantro and green chili thrown in,to the seasoned yogurt. In South Indian restaurants,’onion’ replaces the cucumber and other veggies may or may not be present. Yogurt has runny consistency to  it. I liked it but i was still hesitant to call it ‘Raita’ because of the strong influence of what i grew up eating. My most memories of ‘Raita’ eating comes from Indian wedding.It is made of ‘opo squash’ and  very tart yogurt.Black mustard seeds ground and green chili are the spicy ingredients.But Raita as whole is not spicy. Opo squash is easy to grow.So in my grandparents house and many houses in villages,they will have over abundance of ‘opo squash’ growing...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Salad | 1 comment

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

Couple of months ago,we took a trip down to the beach.We had dinner at one of the friend recommended food joint.We noticed in their menu a salad,called ‘fumi salad’,served along with fish.No description.Since ‘fumi’ sounded very Chinese to me and this place was named ‘Mexican’ ,i was curious.So i asked the server.She explained it graciously.What i understood is,it is coleslaw with oriental twist.Prepared using,rice vinegar,drizzled with sesame oil and couple other ingredients If you had asked me 10 years ago to eat raw cabbage,i would have said,”Are you kidding me?.No,i would eat 10 other things first before i would even entertain the idea of eating raw shredded cabbage.”Fast forward,i am in love with this raw cabbage in sweet dressing.Not a fond of mayo based but i fell in love with vinegar based Cole slaw,my friend Jess prepared .Problem is i am the only one in my family who likes it.My husband eats it reluctantly and i am hoping,my kids would join hands with me one day. So today as we had fish for dinner,i adjusted Jess’ recipe...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Salad | 0 comments

Sesame Noodle Salad

Sesame Noodle Salad

My friend Ethel,shares the yummy summer salad which her mom often makes it.She said,it is just plain cold noodle,as simple as that.It sure does look yummy and i think it might just what i need to crunch on,in this 100F oven weather that we have got here. Ethel’s Notes: You can use just about any vegetable that can be eaten raw and holds up well with a thick sauce (think crunchy veg; tomatoes might not do well here).  Regarding the sauce, my mom uses a sesame paste that comes from the Asian grocery and mixes it with some water to thin in out. I tried that with the tahini, and it seized up into a thick crumbly mess that had to be thrown out.*sigh*. The photo with the sauce ingredients shows where I mixed the Tahini(Mediterranean seasme paste)  with soy sauce and sesame oil, and it stayed relatively liquid, but not enough to easily coat the noodles. So I just use tahini which seems to be more liquid than...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Salad | 1 comment

Chick Pea Salad

Chick Pea Salad

Confession time,I don’t like salads…no,let me take it back,i am not a fan of leafy salad…In fact,i was introduced to the leafy salad in the work cafeteria.Needless to say,we never became friends.We wondered about those eating plate ful of salad and seemingly enjoying it while we were having chick fila at cafeteria.We ate spinach regularly but never thought about eating it raw and call it a salad.Lettuce was new to me.It reminded me of crispy cabbage but thought of eating these leafs raw was not even close in horizon.When i tasted it for the first time,i was hardly impressed.I have gotten better but i usually avoid it.All those health gurus,do not hate me please. Salad to me is the way Indians do salad.I have noticed here that salad is eaten ‘before’ the meal not ‘along with’ the meal.We took a forkful of it in throughout the meal.So this is what i tried to recreate at home.Key ingredients in most everyday salad are Onion and tomatoes, drizzled with lemon juice. Cucumber, Carrots...

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Salad | 0 comments

Meemaw’s Potato Salad

Meemaw’s Potato Salad

If you are thinking ‘Meemaw’ is the name..hmmm..think again. “Meemaw’ is the term grandkids in our family use for my mother-in-law.There is a popular saying in this part of Texas ,”Your first grandkid names you”.So nannie, gammie, memaw,mimi  and whatever else new grandma agrees on,are some of the adorable terms to address  just like gramps, poppie, papaw are some of the popular choices for grandpa.It varies from family to family. Though it is not a standard term to address grandma/grandpa across US.My friend from North US tells me they stick with ‘grandma’ and ‘grandpa’ just as it is.Though it is also common to suffix with the name like Grandma/Grandmother Julie for example.Unlike India, where I knew in Hindi, ‘Nani’ always means ‘mom’s mom’ and  ‘Nana’ is always ‘Mom’s dad’  whereas ‘Dadi’ always meant ‘Dad’s mom and ‘Dada’ is ‘Dad’s Dad’.Same gets translated in different language  across India in ‘standard’ way.I find grandparents re-christening very amusing. Whats I love about this Potato Salad? I love potatoes.I love this starchy, not incredibly healthy goodness .I met...

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