Tag Archives: Coriander

Spiced Black Beans with Garlic

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Black beans have an amazing protein and fiber content that contributes to the known benefits for the digestive tract and blood sugar regulatory systems. Aside from the benefits, they are absolutely delicious and easy to cook.

You can check out more health benefits here ( http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2)

I do not use the canned beans. Dried black beans are soaked overnight and cooked in a pressure cooker for about 15 minutes ( I add a piece of ginger root and red whole chilies and NO salt).They turn out perfect. I usually cook extra and freeze a batch to have at hand for quick cooking during weekdays.

This particular recipes can be served as soup or over rice. It has the zing of Indian spices that makes a bowl hard to resist.

 4 cups of cooked black beans

1 medium red onion – chopped

1 tablespoon of crushed garlic

1 tbsp of dry coriander

1 tbsp of cumin

2 green chilies

1/2 tsp dry ginger

1 cup of peeled crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp of olive oil

Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

 

In a heavy bottomed pan ( or slow cooker) add the olive oil and chopped onion. Saute for about 2 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, green chilies all the spices, tomatoes and the black beans with about a cup of water. There will be some water in the beans from previous pressure cooking so adjust accordingly.

Slow cook for about 1 – 2 hours, adding salt to taste. I cooked them in a slow cooker for 2 hours.

Add fresh cilantro and serve.

 

Leek Dosa fritters

These are lovely as appetizer or an afternoon tea. I was experimenting with the store bought Dosa powder and inspired by recipes other awesome bloggers have posted.

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Use 1 packet of Dosa powder and 1/2 cup kefir or yoghurt.

Add:

salt;  1/4 tsp Ajwain(carom seed);  1/2  tsp cumin powder; 1 cup of chopped leeks;  a bunch of chopped cilantro; 2 sprigs of fresh chopped mint;  1 small chopped tomato and 1 chopped green chili.

Using 1 tablespoon of water at a time make a thick paste that has the consistency of cake batter.
Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 mins.
Pan fry the fritters in a large heavy pan using coconut oil.

Server with the Coriander Chutney I had posted earlier.

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Lauki and Chana Dal ( a bottle gourd recipe)

1-photo 1Lauki is a wonderfully delicious vegetable and continues to be one of my favourites. Also known as Bottle Gourd, this vegetable is 96% water but full of health benefits with healing properties. I have made many variations of it ranging from Kashmir down to the south.

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This is pretty common in indian household and is rich in plant based protein and nutrients

I bottle gourd or Lauki ( peeled and sliced in chunks)

I cup Chana Dal

fresh herbs – curry leaves, mint and cilantro

lemon or lime

2 whole red dried chillis, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds, pinch of  asafoetida(hing), 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 cup of chopped tomatoes.

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Soak chana dal in water for a couple of hours . Drain. Boil chana dal and lauki with salt, turmeric powder and one cup of water till done ( I used a pressure cooked for about 5-7 minutes).  Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, red chillies and asafoetida and cook for a minute. Add red chilli powder, coriander power. Add tomatoes and cook till they soften and there is a sauce like consistency. Add the cooked chana dal and lauki and stir. Add fresh chopped mint, cilantro and juice of 1 lime. You can also top it with some curry leaves if you have them

Serve hot with bread or rice.

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Coriander Coconut chutney

I am always exploring good and healing Ayurvedic recipes. The simplicity and balance found in such form of cooking balances the pittas and is good for the soul. This is a variation of a Coriander chutney that I found on an Ayurvedic website and was inspired to try it out.

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Coriander also known and Cilantro contains antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. It has also been documented to be used for traditional treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

All the good stuff aside, I LOVE Coriander and find something to use it in pretty much everyday.

This chutney was served with Methi Roti ( recipe coming), Green pea pulao and yoghurt.

I used frozen shredded coconut that was unsweetened and had no added preservatives.

Cumin and mustard seeds are readily available in supermarket. I have a plant of curry leaves but you can always buy a bunch from the local asian grocery store.

Heeng or Asafoetida is used as a flavor enhanced and as a digestive aid. It has a strong pungent smell so a pinch is just enough. You can choose not to use it at all.

A bunch on green coriander ( stems and all)

1 cup of shredded coconut

water

3 green chilis

2 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

8 pieces of curry leaves

pinch of heeng (Asafoetida)

1 lemon

1 tsp ghee

Blend the Coriander, ginger, coconut and green chili in a blender adding water to bring it to a good consistency.  Add lemon juice and salt to taste

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Sizzle the cumin, mustard seeds  in ghee. Add Heeng and curry leaves. give it about 30 seconds and turn off the heat.

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