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Fried green beans

Ingredients1 pack green beans, fresh (mine is from Whole Foods), trim the ends of the beans and finely chopped them1 teaspoon cumin seeds1 teaspoon mustard seeds10 curry leaves, each torn in half2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped1 tablespoon oilSalt to tasteInstructionsIn a 3 qt saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. After a couple of minutes, add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle, this may take a couple of minutes and you will hear/ see the mustard seeds crackle.Add cumin seeds, jalapeno, curry leaves and saute for a minute.Add beans and cook covered for about 10 minutes, on medium low heat by adding about 1/4 cup water. Stir every couple of minutes.Finally, add coconut, adjust salt and...

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Bread Pakoras

Ingredients6 slices white bread (buy the regular brand, not anything fancy, I use Wonder bread) - cut-off ends and diagonally slice each bread in halfPeanut / Canola / Vegetable oil to deep fry1/2 cup Tomato ketchup1/2 cup Green chutneyMixing bowl-----------1 cup chick pea flourEnough water to make a thick batter1 tablespoon carom seeds1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon baking sodaSalt to tasteInstructionsHeat oil for deep frying.Mix in the batter ingredients in a mixing bowl and make a semi-thick batter that will coat the bread for deep frying.Take a slice of bread and apply chutney on one side, take another slice of bread and stack it above the first one, such that the chutney side is covered by the second bread.Apply ketchup...

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Chicken in Pomegranate sauce

IngredientsMarinade:4 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut in kebab size pieces1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt, beaten1/2 teaspoon saffron strands, crushed1 teaspoon garam masala powder1 teaspoon paprika powder IF YOU LIKE IT VERY HOT, THEN ADD 1/2 tsp cayenne powder1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste1 teaspoon salt1.5 cups tomato puree1/4 cup cashew nuts1/4 cup almonds1 jalapeno, finely chopped1 star anise2 bay leaves3-4 cloves3 green cardamoms, crushed partially1 tablespoon cumin seeds1 tablespoon coriander powder1/2 cup pomegranate juice1/2 cup pomegranate4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish1/4 cup oilInstructionsMix in the marinade ingredients in a bowl and set aside for atleast 1 hour in the refrigerator, 3 hours is preferred.Meanwhile, take cashew nuts and almonds and soak in half cup water for 30 minutes. Blend...

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Potatoes in Cashew nuts sauce

Ingredients1 lb baby potatoes (skin-on), washed and cooked in the microwave until mostly cooked (about 15 minutes), depends on your microwave powerHandful of cashew nuts, soaked in half cup water for about an hour1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste1 large red onion, thinly sliced1/2 cup vegetable / canola / peanut oil1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder1 tablespoon curry powder1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves, finely crushed1.5 cups tomato pureeSalt to tasteInstructionsHeat oil in a 5 qt saute pan over medium heat and saute onions for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Stir frequently.Add ginger garlic paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring every minute.Puree onions, cashew nuts using tomato puree and bring it back to the saute pan.Add the powdered...

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Besan ladoo

Just a couple of days ago was Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's birthday), so I decided to make this sweet and offer him. I remember that a few years ago, I was in Vrindavan and Mathura, places where Lord Krishna was born and grew up, and I was not able to see the temple then, as the doors were shut in the afternoon. That trip is still due...hopefully some day in the near future I will go back...Ingredients4 cups chick pea flour, sifted1.25 cups warm ghee2 cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon cardamom powder15 cashewnuts, roughly choppedInstructionsIn a wide saute pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add chick pea flour and saute for about 20 - 25 minutes on medium low heat, stirring constantly....

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