Nepalese Karela and Alasi ka Achar (Bitter Gourd and Flax)

Nepali cuisine consists of several spicy sides dishes which are eaten with rice and lentils (dal). These are called “achars’ or chutneys and are made with a variety of vegetables. One can use the base recipe for the achar and just vary the vegetable that is used.

Here is a wonderful recipe that Manju makes which comprises of bitter gourd (karela) and is topped with ground roasted flax seeds.

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Nepalese Roasted Sesame Salad

I just love homemade Nepalese food and Manju makes some really awesome simple dishes that are easy to replicate in any kitchen. Here is a really easy salad which has a spicy, tangy, roasted sesame dressing.

 

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Manju’s Nepalese Aloo ka Jhol (Spicy Potato Curry)

I love tangy curries which have a nice spicy kick to them. This simple Nepalese potato curry has such a wonderful flavoring with the flavors of mustard oil and yogurt.

If you can’t get mustard oil – its okay – though they are available at any Indian Grocery store. This recipe is so great it will work with just about any oil you use.

 

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Maggi’s Trinidadian Tomato Chokha

Tomato chokha is a roasted/ spicy version of a Trinidadian salsa. It is really easy to make and tasted great with roasted tomatoes but you can even use overripe regular tomatoes if you don’t have time to roast them.

Here is Maggi’s recipe for her chokha.

 

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Maggi’s Boil n Fry Spicy Sweet Potato

Maggi makes the most unbelievable Trinidadian food. Her recipes are simple and really tasty.

Here is a dish called “Boil n’ Fry” Sweet potato which can be eaten with rice or roti. It is extra yummy when topped with “Chokha” which is a spicy tomato salad.

 

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Passang’s Tibetan Spicy Chicken Soup

This might be one of my all time favorite soups! Passang makes this really simple, flavorful Tibetan version of chicken soup which has a really nice hit of spice to it.

She hand makes fresh noodles and adds them in but in my lazy version however I use any broad flat noodles or pasta I can find.

I find that glass noodles or any broad pasta works really well. You can vary the leafy greens you add in the soup. I use anything from spinach, boy choy, swiss chard to kale.

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Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

Zaalouk is a scrumptious cooked salad made with eggplants. It is one of my favorite salad dishes in Moroccan cuisine and I was thrilled when we learned how to make it at my cooking class at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech.

Zaalouk is most delicious when eaten with warm, crispy slices bread (Khubz). Zaalouk keeps for many days in the refrigerator, tasting better as time goes by. In fact it is recommended that you make this salad a day ahead.

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