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India - Indian Cuisine

Indian cuisine for the most part is rich in flavor and diversity. Many cultures and regions in other parts of the world lightly use spices and seasonings on their foods while much of Indian cooking relys on the heavy use of such things

1 c flour
1 pk dry yeast
2 ts salt
1 c hot water
1 c buttermilk, or yogurt
1 egg, (room temp)
2 T ghee
1 T honey or sugar
2 1/2 c flour
melted (opt) ghee
If desired, you can use cornmeal or sesame or poppy seeds on the bread.
Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in
water, buttermilk, egg, oil and honey. Beat until smooth with an
electric mixer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft,
sticky dough. Turn onto a floured surface, continue to work in
flour until dough is stiff enough to knead. Knead until smooth
and elastic, but still soft (3 to 5 minutes). Place in an oiled
bowl, turning once to coat top of dough. Cover, let rise until
double in bulk (about 45 minutes). Punch dough down. Shape into
16 equal balls. Let rest 5 minutes. Roll out each ball to a
1/4-inch thick round. If desired, brush with melted butter and
sprinkle with garnishes. Set on baking sheets. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 5 to 8 minutes. NOTE: There is no second rising in this recipe so that you get flat loaves.

Chicken Curry

2-3 lbs jointed chicken
5-6 cloves garlic sliced
2 large onions- 1 chopped finely, 1 chopped into 8ths
2 serano or jalepeno peppers sliced into 4ths length wise
10 cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
3 tsp cumin
3 tsp coriander
1-3 tsp finely ground red chili
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt or chicken boullion
1 cup vinegar
1 cup unsweetened coconut pulp

Put the ingredients in a six quart sauce pan. Bring to boil then
simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve with plain rice or chapatis.

When finished top with fresh coriander leaves.

Tandoori-Style Chicken

1/2 c plain yogurt
1/2 c lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 small onion, grated
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 chicken, cut up or 2 split game hens

Mix all ingredients together in a glass dish or plastic bag. Close tight and refrigerate, turning occasionally, 4 hours or overnight.

Place chicken, skin side up 5-7 inches from medium hot coals. Grill 50-60 minutes or until done. Turn every 10-15 minutes.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/4 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
1 hot green chili, minced
1 piece fresh ginger, about 1/2-inch cube, minced
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium red potatoes, cooked, diced
3/4 cup peas
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8-10 eggroll wrappers
Oil for deep-frying
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the cumin and coriander; cook until they are fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the chili and ginger; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes, peas and salt; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and add cilantro. Filling can be made a day ahead and refrigerated; bring to room temperature before using.
Spoon filling onto bottom half of eggroll wrappers, using about
1/3-cup filling for each. Fold over and trim into half-moons.
Moisten fingers with water; pinch closed.


2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
11/2 tsp hot chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs cardamom seeds
6 whole cloves
6 peppercorns
2" cinnamon stick
2 Tbs coriander seeds
2 Tbs cumin seeds
2 Tbs wine vinegar
2 lb pork fillet
4 curry leaves (optional)
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
5 fl oz water  Put the ginger, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, cardamom,
cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, coriander and cumin seeds with the vinegar into a blender and blend to a puree. Scrape down the sides of the blender and blend for a further 30 seconds. Add more vinegar if necessary to form a smooth liquid paste.
Put the pork in a large bowl and pour over the spice paste. Cover and set aside to marinate for 1 hour. Lay the curry leaves, if you are using them, on top. Re-cover and put the bowl into the refrigerator for 24 hours, turning the meat two or three times during the period.
Two hours before cooking time remove the bowl from the fridge and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and cover the pan. Fry the seeds until they pop then add the pork, marinade and water and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer for a further 30 minutes or until the pork is cooked through and tender.
Transfer the vindaloo to a warmed serving dish and serve at once.

Chicken Masala

3 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee (clarified butter)
1 small onion - finely chopped
1.5 inch piece cassia bark (or cinnamon)
2 green cardamon pods
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 inch piece fresh ginger - very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic - very finely chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
3/4 teaspoon good chile powder
5 tablespoons Greek-style full cream yoghurt (3/4 of a 150 gm tub)
1 teaspoon (or a little more) concentrated tomato puree
salt to taste
2 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped up pieces from a block of creamed coconut
chopped fresh coriander leaf (cilantro) to garnish

Heat the oil in a large heavy pan then add the chopped onion and stir for a few minutes with the heat on high. Add the cassia, cardamons, cloves and fennel seeds and stir a little then turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic, stir and cook for another 10 minutes on low heat stirring now and again to make sure nothing browns or burns. Add the turmeric, coriander and chile powder and fry gently for a minute. Add 1 tablespoon of yoghurt, stir round and turn the heat up so the yoghurt sizzles in the oil.

When the yoghurt has lost a lot of its moisture add another
tablespoon. Stir and fry as before. Repeat until all the yoghurt
is incorporated. Add the tomato puree and stir in.


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