Friday, November 6, 2009

Recipe Review November 2009

Greetings, Friends:

It's been a few months since the last time I printed this column. I go through phases - being inspired to cook or at least, dream, about cuisine based on purely by my emotions and taste buds! This month, there was such a wide variety and long list of recipes that inspired me (and few I have actually prepared at home), that I wanted to share the links from Nithya, Aayi, Abhilash, Jaishree, Suma, and a surprise guest! Enjoy this month's recipes, I hope they tempt your tastebuds and inspire dreams of yumminess as they had with me!

4th Sense Samayal
Indian Special Kai Murukku
Nithya shares how to make a tasty handwoven deep fried snack made of rice and lentils. The snack itself is called "murukku" and, in this case, called kai murukku as it is hand rolled. In Tamil, kai means hand/arm.
Antipookoora - Banana Flower Recipe and Art Photo by NithyaPlantain Flower Usili (Vazha poo/ Anti poo)
This is a unique Tamil preparation using the banana flower stamens. I have had the honor to help make this dish- this is truly one dish that is best made with 'a village' of helpers because of removing the stamens. It's a job that is both time consuming and detail-oriented. And, with a whole group of people putting their attention, patience, time and love into the preparation- the end product is all the tastier!

Aayi's Recipes
Vegetable- Barley Soup

Hindu Blog
Thirukkural Quotes on the Food We Eat
Thirukkural is an ancient book of parables written in the Tamil language by the poet Thiruvalluvar. His parables cover almost every aspect of everyday life. Here is a sampling of quotes relating to nutrition, which reminded me of a multipart post on my blog- A Thought for Food and Food for Thought.

Spicy Oat Pancakes
Jaishree introduces us to an Indianized version of oatmeal pancakes. YUM!

Veggie Platter
Aloo Methi Matar - Microwave Version
Suma has a whole series on microwave Indian recipes. She makes it look so simple and easy! This recipe is for a potato (aloo) and pea (matar) curry with fenugreek (methi) leaves.
Masoor Dal Sambar
Suma shares a tasty recipe for a vegetarian stew made from masoor dhal, a lentil not often thought of thickening sambar, as toor dhal is usually utilized for this purpose.

Mambhazha pullisheri (kerala style)
A delectable yogurt mango spicy salad eaten as an accompaniment to rice and other Kerala dishes. Who can resist this sweet sour combination?

Related Links:
Recipe Review August 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Horseradish Spiced Mashed Potatoes

Today I was hanging out at the book store looking at some cookbooks. I found an interesting one called, Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a Bunch of Recipes.

In this book, our fearless and creative chef, Sam Zien introduces me to a horseradish mashed potato dish! I was instantly enthralled because I love horseradish! Since I became a vegetarian, I haven't figured out how to use horseradish, because in Hungarian meals I grew up with as a kid, horseradish is paired with some meat items, and I doubt it exists in Indian cuisine.

So, soon as I got home, I took a boiled potato out of the fridge that's been reserved for Aloo Curry, and instead used it for this new purpose. Here's the recipe I used. It's so easy and tasty!

2 cups boiled and mashed potato- skin can be left on as per your taste
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (I personally like Kraft Grated Parmesan the best.)
2 tablespoons sharp cheddar grated (or another cheese you like that adds another color)
2-3 tablespoons (or more per taste) horseradish

No need to add salt as the cheese has salt in it.


Easy!! Take the potato (aloo) and peel if desired. Mash in your hand (play with your food, and feel if if you so desire) or with a spoon into a bowl. Warm this in the microwave until it's hot enough to eat. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir and enjoy!


**Notes, some may wonder if "horseradish" is vegetarian because of the word 'horse'. It can be misleading if you are unaware of the plant and the language. Horseradish is vegetarian, it is a plant. More on horseradish plant here.