This morning I woke up early anticipating to do a vigorous yoga practice. Instead, I stayed back and gave into my 8am craving!
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I hope you don’t get me wrong advocating this Spicy Chai Drinking Chocolate beverage so early into the New Year. The Mayans may not have predicted the end of the world correctly, but they did know a thing or two about chocolate!
The Mayans were the first true chocolate aficionados embracing chocolate for its restorative and mood-enhancing properties.
A little dark chocolate shouldn’t upset anyone’s new year’s health regimens.
Sadly this year I didn’t get the chance to carve my Hallowe’en pumpkin. Just before hurricane Sandy hit a couple of days before Hallowe’en, we were in New York for the weekend. All the the flights out of the state were cancelled and Hallowe’en week didn’t end up happening. With the disaster coming around the holiday, surely Hallowe’en got cancelled in NY and New Jersey this year.
One month later, my Hallowe’en pumpkin was still sitting in my kitchen (uneaten!). Today’s Thanksgiving holiday for our friends in the South reminded me it was a good day to start cooking with that pumpkin.
I’m eating mangoes by the case these days. The soft and sweet texture makes it a great breakfast food as it’s filling, nourishing and nutritionally rich with vitamins A and C, beta carotene and a good source of fibre. They make a great snack too.
The last case I bought, the mangoes were completely unripe. Watching and waiting for my mangoes to ripen was frustrating since I’m in the routine of having mangoes almost daily. So I turned these green mangoes into a pickle, perfect as a side to an Indian vegetarian meal.
Posted in Beverages, tagged Amsterdam Oranje Weissse, craft beer, Hart House, India Pale Ale, Indian food, Indian meal, Kingfisher, PostAWeek2011, spicy, summer, tasting, Tracy Phillippi on July 22, 2011 | 3 Comments »
Yesterday may have possibly been Toronto’s hottest day ever, surpassing 38 degrees Celsius, feeling more like 49 degrees with humidity. Meteorologists said this was due to a “heat dome” in the atmosphere that seals in heat to create oven-like temperatures.
Thank goodness for my Garam Masala Green Goodness Water! This is coming in handy for this very hot and sticky week!
No doubt water is the best thirst quencher, however many would argue nothing beats the heat on the hottest day of the year better than a nice, icy “cold one”. I’m talking about beer of course!
Posted in Appetizers, Soups & Snacks, Entertaining, Holidays, Indian-Inspired, Vegetarian, tagged Body By Nature, Christmas, curried, Curries & Mains, holiday, masala, sides, spicy, sweet potato, trimming on December 24, 2010 | 10 Comments »
The lunar eclipse this week was as fantastic as anticipated. Luckily the skies were clear, the stars were shining and the moon was a blazing deep red hue. My sleepy eyes stayed up to see the eclipse (yikes!) and in a dream-like state I gazed upon the red moon in amazement. It truly was spectacular.
That plus all the Christmas holiday festivities has left us with an exciting end to 2010!
My holiday dinner table is set. This is something I usually do way in advance of any dinner, as the day of entertaining should be all about the food.
Of course there is red and green on the table…
And we can’t forget our beloved little elephant!
For our Christmas holiday feast traditions, we avoid curries of any sort. This is the time of year we embrace the traditional Christmas dinner along with the full array of trimmings, from oven roasted garlic potatoes to brussel sprout salad, gingered maple glazed green beans and carrots, cranberry chutney to homemade stuffing with toasted almonds. Dessert is a Sticky Date Toffee Pudding with a hint of garam masala.
HOWEVER, there is usually at least one dish on our holiday table that has Indian flavours. Myself especially having a palette for spicy and bolder flavours needs one dish with intense Indian spices.
This year it will be Curried Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
Curried Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 lb. sweet potatoes (about 4 small), peeled and cubed
½ lb. potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cubed
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. ghee or butter
1 tbsp. Arvinda’s Curry Masala (I use 2 tbsp. but the flavour is intense)
1/8 cup heavy cream
sea salt, to taste
¼ tsp. Arvinda’s Garam Masala or chili powder, to garnish
Method: In a pressure cooker, add sweet potatoes, potatoes and salt. Cover with water and cook for 10 minutes until they are tender enough to mash. (If you don’t own a pressure cooker, boil on stovetop – this should take around 20 minutes).
Drain water. Using a potato masher (or fork) mash sweet potatoes and potatoes.
In a large skillet, melt ghee on medium heat. Add Arvinda’s Curry Masala and mix. Fold in mashed sweet potatoes and potatoes and coat with masala. Fold in heavy cream.
Serve in a bowl and garnish with Arvinda’s Garam Masala or chili powder. Serves 2-4.
There, that’s more like it, now we have some spice!
Thank you to all for your wonderful support and for reading A Teaspoon Of Turmeric. I wish you and yours a Happy Christmas!
What is on your holiday dinner table this year – either food or décor?
A teaspoon of: The Reindeer Section. Listening to: You Are My Joy.
Posted in Authentic Indian, Dips, Chutneys, Sauces & Condiments, India Travel, Vegetarian, tagged chasni, gift, Gujarat, Gujarati, hot, India, korma, lemon, Madras, masala, murraba, murrabo, orange, paneer, parantha, saag, spicy, Sweet, thali, Vegetarian on November 16, 2010 | 13 Comments »
This past weekend we taught our Exquisite Indian Vegetarian cooking class (one of the most popular classes of the season, I might add) including snippets of Indian restaurant favourites…but all veg! The menu was Saag Paneer (paneer with spinach); Okra, Potato & Onion Curry; Vegetable Korma served with Flaky Paranthas.
Sampling bits and pieces of the menu in the class, I was reminded of a memorable meal I had in Mumbai about three years back, with the most unforgettable homemade Murrabo. Murrabo (Murraba) is essentially an Indian-style jam that is both sweet and hot.
Being greeted with a full Indian vegetarian dinner served in a thali (stainless steel plate with small bowls for each item) our hostess, Meena Aunty pulled out her homemade lemon zest Murrabo. An impeccable balance of sweet, sour and hot, this condiment acted as “the equalizer”, neutralizing the spicier flavours on the plate into a sweet harmony.
Most Indian meals are accompanied with chutneys and raita (a cooling yogurt with cucumber). In Gujarat, central western India however, the cuisine tends to be vegetarian and is known for its sweetness. Murrabo is one of those sweeter condiments you’ll find in Gujarati cuisine to balance out the many flavours found in an Indian vegetarian meal.
I’ve been meaning to make this recipe ever since I savoured Meena Aunty’s lemony version. Today I finally did!
Hot and Sweet Lemon & Orange Murrabo
5 oranges, zested
1 orange rind, finely cubed
2 lemons, zested
1 cup water
¾ cup raw cane sugar
juice of half a lemon
1-2 each, Arvinda’s Whole Spices (cardamom pods, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Arvinda’s Madras Masala
½ tsp. sea salt
Method: In a small pot, bring water to boil. Add sugar, lemon juice and whole spices. Stir until liquid is reduced and becomes a syrup. (You are looking for a “one thread” consistency also known as chasni).
Fold in orange and lemon zest and orange rind. Mix in chili powder, Arvinda’s Madras Masala and sea salt. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until orange rind softens and cooks.
Cool down mixture. Store in a sterile jar and store in refrigerator.
I love giving and getting edible gifts (who doesn’t?!) over the holidays. With all the madness building in the malls, I say stay home, avoid the crowds and make some gifts from the kitchen. This Murrabo would make an ideal hostess gift.
Over the holidays, do you ever make and give edible gifts? If so, what is your specialty or favourite “gifts from the kitchen”? Candied spiced nuts, bourbon vanilla flavoured sugar, rum balls are some of my favourites. Would love to hear about yours!
A teaspoon of: Junior Boys. Listening to: The Equalizer.
Posted in Appetizers, Soups & Snacks, Entertaining, tagged appetizer, Arvinda's, chick pea flour, curry masala, Entertaining, gram flour, masala, masala peanuts, recipe, snack, spicy on February 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
On the way home from my recent India trip, I had dinner and a lovely chat with my warm-hearted grandfather. Today I’m saddened by his sudden passing, but am grateful and so very fortunate to have spent some time with him only a short two weeks ago.
My grandfather, an entrepreneur himself, is the reason we are doing what we are doing. He encouraged us to pursue our dreams of starting our own business and it was his words of wisdom, continual support and mentoring that kept us going from the very first days of starting from nothing.
Always radiating positivity and having good things to say about everyone and everything, he means a lot to me, has given me a lot in return and is a part of who I am today.
Upon leaving my grandparents home two weeks ago, I was given a parting gift of some masala peanuts for my journey back to Canada—something my grandfather really enjoyed.