Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul

Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul

Aarti Sequeira

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1455545414

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A beautifully-written cookbook weaving Indian and Middle Eastern recipes from her childhood with American dishes she has grown to love--from the Food Network personality.

AARTI PAARTI: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul

A collection of memories and 101 recipes from the popular blogger(www.aartipaarti.com) and Food Network personality. The recipes will make cooking with traditional Indian flavors and spices approachable for the US market. Aarti's stories will dissolve the "foreign-ness" of Indian flavors and make seemingly complicated technique and flavor accessible. She will take the intimidation factor out of cooking Indian food by simplifying traditional recipes, offering many specific how-to's, and also tips on using traditionally Indian spices in new ways, in everyday dishes. And there is a streak of Middle Eastern in some of these recipes given her youth in Dubai.

Recipes include: Cornflake & Kaya French Toast, Real Deal Hummus, Masala Kale Chips, Mum's Everyday Dal, Sambar (Vegetable & Lentil Stew), Pregnancy Potatoes (Crispy masala potato wedges), Indian Street Corn, Saag Paneer, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Chickpea & Artichoke Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Bombay Sloppy Joes, Spicy Sticky Lamb Chops, Mango Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Masala Shrimp & Grits, Homemade "Magic Shell" with Garam Masala & Sea Salt, Strawberry-Rose Petal Shortcakes.
Finally, the narratives that open each chapter are wonderfully evocative, telling the story of a woman who was an outsider experiencing many cultures and cuisines: an Indian in Dubai, going to a British school; an international student attending Northwestern University to become an American journalist; and a wife of a Los Angeles man who leaves her job at CNN and becomes a Food Network Star. She finds that food always saves her and encourages us all to find the warmth in cooking.

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and keeping it in the fridge; it will glam up even the most mediocre burger or piece of grilled chicken. Bren likes to blend it up and store it in a squeeze bottle. I like it chunky. Take your pick! MAKES 2 CUPS ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes TOTAL TIME: 75 minutes, with cooling 3 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds � teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium red onion, finely diced 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced � teaspoon

on. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg. In a large bowl, combine the parsley, mint, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, peppadew (if using) and cooled cooked quinoa. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Taste for seasoning and let sit for about 5 minutes before you serve. This tastes even better the next day! Smaarti Tip I chop the parsley and the mint by hand. You can use a food processor if you like, but I find it chops the leaves a little too

arugula, any tough stems removed � cup shredded radicchio (about � of a small head; optional) � cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed � cup fresh cilantro leaves and soft stems, loosely packed � cup roasted cashews, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons raisins MAKE THE DRESSING: Dissolve the honey in the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisk in the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Check the seasoning by running an arugula leaf through the dressing and eating it; adjust the salt and

just beginning to smoke. Add the mustard seeds; they should sizzle and sputter almost immediately, so cover with a lid, then quickly add the garlic and the curry leaves and cover again. When the sputtering dies down, add the onion and sauté until softened and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the spices and coconut and cook for about a minute. Meanwhile, dissolve the tamarind paste in a little of the reserved chickpea cooking liquid. Add the cooked chickpeas, remaining chickpea cooking liquid,

pepper to taste, vinegar and oil. Taste for salt, pepper, hot sauce and sugar. Lay the chops in the marinade, massaging it into the meat and the fat and making sure they’re well covered in the mixture. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to overnight in the fridge. Transfer the chops to a large baking dish and bake until the lamb is cooked to medium-rare, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest, tented loosely with foil, for about 5 minutes before serving. SHEESH!

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