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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

February 25, 2016

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A Mouthwatering Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

 

Chicken Tikka Masala (Marinade 4hrs ahead)

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins

Ideal cooking pan: Oven proof dish for the chicken and a saucepan with lid for the masala sauce

THINGS YOU NEED: FOR THE MARINADE:

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1 teaspoon juice of fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons red food color
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red pepper

THINGS YOU NEED: FOR THE MASALA SAUCE:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro

FROM THE SPICE BOX: FOR THE MARINADE:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (course)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin & coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

FROM THE SPICE BOX: FOR THE MASALA SAUCE:

  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 green cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin & coriander

 

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION: FOR THE MARINADE:

  • Finely chop the garlic
  • Finely chop the ginger
  • De-seed and blend the red pepper in a food processor
  • Dice the chicken breast in to 1 inch squares
  • Slighlty melt the butter in a pan or microwave

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION: FOR THE SAUCE:

  • Grate/shred the onion
  • Finely chop the garlic
  • Finely chop the ginger
  • Lightly chop the fresh cilantro

COOKING GUIDE:

  1. Marinade the chicken from ‘Things You Need’ and ‘From The Spice Box’  in an oven proof dish, mix then cover and place in fridge for at least 4 hours before cooking.
  2. 30 minutes before you want to cook, pre-heat the oven to 400C degrees, once heated to 400C degrees, then place the marinated chicken (uncovered) in the oven for 15 minutes then switch to broil and let the chicken broil/grill for another 15 minutes (turning the chicken occasionally), once grilled, take the dish out and place to one side
  3. To make the masala sauce, heat the olive oil and butter in the pan so its hot,  once the butter is melted, then add star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves and green cardamon, let it simmer for a one minute.  
  4. Add grated onions and let it cook on medium heat until its slightly brown (around 5-7 minutes) stirring occasionally
  5. Then add tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, water, heavy cream, garam masala and ground cumin & coriander, stir and let it cook on low heat for 10 minutes with the lid on
  6. Add the chicken including all the remaining sauce in the oven proof dish, stir and let it cook for 10 minutes with the lid on
  7. Remove all whole spices then serve with a garnish of freshly chopped cilantro 

 

February 08, 2016

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Homemade Chili & Garlic Paste

Spice up your valentine dish by making your very own Chili & Garlic paste.  This recipe has been used by Indian families for generations.  In fact, some eat it just with a chapati (Roti).

I like mixing it with tomato ketchup, then make cheesy toast.  Basically, get a slice of bread, mix VERY little chili & garlic paste to the tomato ketchup, then mix and spread it over the bread then add grated cheese, sometimes I like adding sliced tomatoes and diced onions and then grill/broil!  YUM!!!

Here is the recipe for the paste:

2 tablespoons freshly grated garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons chili powder

Add all the above ingredients into a food processor and grind.

The paste can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Other suggestions for the paste is to add it to a stir fry, sauces, very often I also mix a little with olive oil and pour it over a pizza and then grill/broil.

Enjoy!

 

January 19, 2016

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Flu Season is upon us...

My son was coughing like crazy this morning, so I mixed

1 tablespoon Honey with 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric

In a bowl and he was happily licking everything up.  

The mixture helps coat the throat and eases the coughing!

January 11, 2016

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Broccoli & Onion Soup

Enjoy making this low carb #meetfreemonday soup, packed with lots of flavors!  Simply make the broccoli & Onion curry from the cooking guide.  Then throw it in the food processor, add water to get to your consistency and extra salt to your taste! EASY #recipeoftheday! 

Here is the link for the broccoli & Onion Curry:  http://www.kitchencurrymaster.com/pages/broccoli-onion-curry

 

November 30, 2015

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Red wine tastes delicious with a little warmth and spice!

I found a great recipe for making mulled wine.  Funnily enough, in your spice box you can find the spice ingredients for it:

http://www.letitwine.com/en/hot-wine-on-a-cold-winter-heres-why-its-good-for-you/

 

 

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