Monthly Archives: February 2009

Aloo Masoor Dal


A filling side dish for all lovers of Indian cuisine. Filled with potatoes and lentils this not only a beautiful presentation but also a filling one.
1/2 cup red lentils, picked over for stones
2 tablespoons corn oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 small onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
1 green chili, diced seeds removed
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
1 teaspoon coriander, ground
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoons cilantro, fresh and chopped

1. In a small bowl, add lentils cleaning several times until water runs clear. In a small saucepan add 1 cup of water, bring to boil and add lentils. Reduce to simmer, cover and allow cooking 10 minutes. In a sauté pan on medium heat add oil, add cumin seeds allow to cook 1 minute then add onion and chilies, cook 8 minutes.

2. Add potatoes to sauté pan. Add salt, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric and cilantro, stir well. Allow to cook 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook 10 minutes. Meanwhile with a hand blender puree lentils and their water. Add lentils to sauté pan, mix. Sauté on low 2 minutes.

Yields: 4 servings

Baked Sweet Puffs


This was a nice alternative to the fried doughnuts. While they are still not so healthy every little bit helps, right? Feel free to use any cute muffin pans you may have. I made a batch for my family and I using a heart muffin pan and I thought since I was already baking I would double the batch and give my husband some to take to work. I made those in muffin pans, filling them almost full them cutting the muffins in half, they were still large. The spices just make these puffs have that extra special something. He said no one at his work could stop eating them, so that made me happy.

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or cardamom
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons melted butter

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease 12-cup muffin pan. In a medium sized bowl add flour, 1/2 sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, mix well. Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla mix well.

2. Fill muffin pans half way, bake 20 minutes or until done, check center with toothpick. In a small bowl, add sugar and cinnamon, mix well. Melt butter. Brush finished puffs with a butter using a pastry brush, roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Yields; 1 dozen

Buttermilk Biscuits

buttermilk-biscuits

I used to love spending the weekend at my grandmothers because I always knew I would be woken up by the smell of her buttermilk biscuits. This is really the best biscuit recipe I have ever tried; I hope you enjoy it as well. After I was married and moved away from home, I would crave her biscuits so she sent me a recipe card.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. In a cup add milk and vinegar; allow to sit at least 5 minutes or just use 1 cup buttermilk if on hand. Meanwhile in a medium sized bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well. Add shortening and mix until dough is coarse. Add milk mixture or buttermilk, mix fast not kneading, it is important not to knead or mix this dough a lot.

2. Add dough onto a non-stick baking mat or lightly floured board. Dough should be sticky so do not add more flour. With a biscuit cutter or glass quickly cut biscuits. If you like fluffy biscuits then do not roll the dough to flat. Place biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, until golden.

Yields: 8 biscuits

Baked Kofta and Potatoes

1/2 kg ground lamb (or lean beef)
1 white onion, minced
2 potatoes, cleaned, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced

Sauce:
1 cup water
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons tomato paste

1. In a mixing bowl add lamb, onion, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and garlic, mix well. Shape meat into golf size balls. In a small bowl, add tomato paste, lemon, salt and water, mix well.

 2. In a round 9 inch baking pan, add kofta, in between each meatball place a potato slice. Pour sauce all over the top. Cover with foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for one hour, or until potatoes are tender.

Yields: 4 servings