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Punjabi-Style Eggplant – A small batch


aka Punjabi baingan bharta

2 eggplants, prepared (approximately 2 cups roasted and mashed)
1 small onion, finely chopped or even grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 cup diced tomatoes (I use canned)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala or prepared curry powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
chilies to taste
fresh coriander for garnish
oil, for sauteing
salt and pepper

The eggplant
Cut the eggplants in half, lengthwise
salt generously
place cut side down on lightly oil, foiled line baking sheet
roast for 20-30 minutes
once the eggplant are cooled enough to handle, scoop the flesh out discarding skins
chop coarsely

The main dish
In a pan over medium heat some oil
when hot, add the onions and saute until soft and translucent
add the garlic and the ginger and saute for about 1 minute
add all the powdered spices, stir to combine
when the spices are fragrant add tomatoes
lastly add the eggplant and mix well
cook until heated through and well combined

Garnish chopped fresh coriander and stir

Serve with freshly made naan, roti, or rice and your favorite dal dish




March 18, 2018 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Chicken Vindaloo – A small batch


I’ve attempted vindaloo before, without much success. My mistake was attempting it entirely in a skillet. I didn’t realize the meat should be braised, resulting in a rich stew. Serve over rice with freshly made roti or naan. This recipe is based on one from America’s Test Kitchen, which they finished in the oven. I used a pressure cooker and I’m sure would work well in an InstaPot.

4 boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (please do not use chicken breast for this version of the recipe, you’ll be disappointed)
oil for sauteing
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
pinch of clove
cayenne to taste
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper

In a Dutch oven, over a medium-high flame, heat some oil
brown the chicken, in stages if necessary, and move from pan into a bowl once brown

In the dirty pan add a bit more oil
add onions and some salt and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes
stir in garlic and spices
stir in flour and cook for 1 minute

Gradually stir in broth, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out any lumps
stir in tomatoes with the juice, vinegar, bay leaves, sugar, and browned chicken with any accumulated juice
bring to simmer, cover pot, lower heat

Cook at a simmer for one hour on the stove top
or in the oven at 325℉
or for 30 minutes in a pressure cooker
for the InstaPot, follow the manufacturers directions

Season to taste

February 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Baba Ganoush


1 eggplant
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch cumin
pinch cayenne

Preheat oven to 400°F

Cut the eggplant in half
sprinkle with salt
roast in hot oven for 20-30 minutes

With a spoon remove the roasted flesh from the skin
put in a food processor
add the rest of the ingredients
pulse until almost smooth
season to taste


January 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm 2 comments

Korean-style short ribs – A small batch


aka LA Galbi or Kalbi

1 lb thin-cut short ribs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or mirin
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
pinch black pepper
red pepper flakes or chili sauce to taste (optional)
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Soak the ribs quickly in cold water, changing the water a few times to remove any loose bits of bone and dust

Mix all the ingredients together, except the scallions, in a zip-top bag
all ribs to the bag
marinate overnight in the refrigerator

Traditionally the ribs are grilled, but I broil mine.

Preheat the broiler
lay the meat in a single layer on a foil-lined broil pan
cook until the ribs are slightly charred and caramelized, 5 to 6 minutes
flip them over and cook for an additional 3 – 4 minutes

Be sure to set a timer, there’s a fine line between charbroiled and burned.

Garnish with scallions


October 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Faux Tandoori Chicken – A small batch


Because no one I know has an actual Tandoori oven.

2 chicken breasts (or four thighs if you’d prefer)

Wet rub
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
pinch of salt

Combine and set aside

1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon prepared curry or garam masala
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch of salt

Combine and set aside

Divide the breast meat into 4 even pieces
cut deep slits into the chicken
coat the meat with the wet rub, be sure to get it into the slits

Place the coated chicken into the marinade
coat well
cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours

Preheat to 425°F

Line a baking sheet with foil
over the foil place a grill rack
put the chicken on the rack, making sure leave space around the pieces

Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of each breast

Turn on the broiler
brown the chicken for 5 minutes or until well browned


June 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage


I love stuffed cabbage, but who has the time, am I right!? This recipe is based on one for the Instant Pot and is super simple. I used a pressure cooker instead, but it can also be done in a Dutch oven, just double the cooking time.

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup stock
1/4 cup water
1 cup cooked rice (or 1/2 cup uncooked rice)
1 small to medium cabbage, chopped
oil for sauteing

Saute the onions and garlic until almost brown
throw in the rest of the ingredients
toss until well combined
cover and cook for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker

Season to taste and serve.


February 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Meat Loaf – A small batch


1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/4 cup grated onion
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup bread crumbs (fresh or dried)
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tablespoons reserved for glazing
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a splash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°F

Saute the onions and garlic until translucent

Combine all the ingredients, except the reserved ketchup, in a large bowl

Place the meat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet, that is foil-lined and greased
form into a loaf (I don’t like using a loaf pan, because the meat loaf just swims in its own grease while cooking)

Bake for 30 minutes
spread the top of the meat loaf with the remaining ketchup
and bake at 400°F for an additional 15 minutes to brown the top

Remove from the oven and let rest for a bit before serving


November 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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