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March 13, 2017

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Enjoy this easy Chapati recipe!

Chapati is a real staple for Indian families, in fact, this was the first thing I learned in the kitchen when I was 5 years old!

Check it out: http://www.recipe30.com/easy-to-make-roti-bread-chapati.html/

Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Recipe 30

March 13, 2017

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Spicy food helps you live longer!

Great news for all you #curry lovers out there, check out this great article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/good-news-for-people-who-love-spicy-food/ #spicy #food #spicyfood
January 06, 2017

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Go LOCO for COCOnut Oil

Lately, I've started replacing Olive Oil to Coconut Oil for my cooking.

Did you know adding coconut oil to your diet daily can boost your immune system? Also get your metabolism going?

Check out this great link that my friend (Klaudia Moran) shared: https://yurielkaim.com/45-coconut-oil-uses/

October 28, 2016

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Get a little saucy this weekend!

I LOVE covering a piece of meat (or even veggies) with this extremely tasty sauce.  If there is any leftover then freeze it for your meal!

Here is the simple recipe:

THINGS YOU NEED:

1lb sirlion beef steak

1 can diced tomatoes (14.5oz/410g)

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon brown sugar 

1 cup water (for the curry sauce)

1 handful fresh cilantro

 

FROM THE SPICE BOX:

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 tablespoons ground cumin & coriander

1 teaspoon garam masala

½  teaspoon chili powder*

*Note: if you prefer a hotter spice level increase the 

amount of chili powder by ¼ teaspoon increments to 

suit your taste.  Be cautious!

 

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION:

  • Blend the can of diced tomatoes in a food processor so it’s totally smooth
  • Peel and chop the ginger as finely as possible
  • Lightly chop the cilantro
  • Prepare everything else from the Things You Need section so that all ingredients are at hand and you are ready to cook 

 

COOKING GUIDE:

  1. Heat the oil in the sauté pan so it’s hot then add the cumin seeds and let it cook for 30 seconds.  Then turn down the heat to low.
  2. Very carefully add the blended tomatoes (as they can spit), salt, ginger, brown sugar, water, cilantro, ground cumin & coriander, garam masala and chili powder.  Stir well and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  3. Meanwhile, BBQ/roast your meat/veggies, to your liking.  Once cooked thinly slice the steak and place them on individual plates and pour the sauce on top.
  4. Serve.
  5. Suggested serving accompaniments include salad, quinoa or cous cous and non-gluten free options such as naan or pita bread.

 

Serves: 4

Spice Level: Mild

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ideal cooking pan: 5qt sauté pan with lid and BBQ

 

September 15, 2016

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Having a dinner party this weekend? Enjoy a Katsu Curry!

One of my favorite restaurants in London is Wagamama, they make the most delicious food and one of my go to dish there is Katsu Curry!  Now living in the US I do miss having it, so I searched up how to make one at home, this recipe is so easy to make and it will wow your guests!

(I obviously added 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder from my spice box)

Here is a link to the recipe: https://sortedfood.com/katsucurry

Enjoy!

 

 

May 26, 2016

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Memorial Weekend BBQ anyone?

 

This weekend the sun will be out and its the perfect time to get together with friends and family for a BBQ.

Surprise your friends with a tasty Indian style burger that will whip up some great conversations (or maybe not, as they will be too busy eating it!).

TIP: You can make the burger mix the day before which will enhance the flavor more so! Also, feel free to use any ground meat too!

Here is a link to the recipe (yes its the kebab recipe but can be used for burgers too) also why not dress it up with a refreshing raita sauce?

http://www.kitchencurrymaster.com/pages/ground-beef-or-lamb-kebabs

http://www.kitchencurrymaster.com/pages/cilantro-and-mint-yogurt-sauce-raita

Enjoy!

March 14, 2016

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Yummy Kidney Bean Curry!

This awesome dish can be made for under $7 and feed 4 people too, its tasty and simple to make, eat it with spaghetti or on baked potato or quinoa or rice...take your pick!

Kidney Bean CURRY

THINGS YOU NEED:

  • 3 cans kidney beans (15 oz / 25 g cans)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onions
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoons chopped ginger 
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups crushed canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful cilantro

FROM THE SPICE BOX:

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin & coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION:

  • Drain and rinse the kidney beans
  • Peel and dice the onions into small ½ inch squares
  • Peel and chop the garlic as finely as possible
  • Peel and chop the ginger as finely as possible
  • Lightly chop the cilantro 

COOKING GUIDE:

  1. Heat the oil in the pan so it’s hot, then add the cumin seeds and ½ tablespoon garlic and let it sizzle for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes on a medium heat, or until the onions turn soft.
  3. Then add the tomato paste, crushed canned tomatoes, ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala, ground cumin & coriander,  salt, water and chopped cilantro.  Stir it and simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes with the lid on.
  4. Now add the kidney beans.  Stir it and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Serve.

 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

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