Peter’s Hot Pepper Preserve

My awesome organic CSA farmer Peter Paniccia of Pietro’s Coop comes bearing baskets full of wonderful produce. One of my very favorites is his hot peppers.

I just love the vibrant kick these peppers add to pretty much every dish I make. Here is a recipe where I actually manage to preserve these hot peppers so they will last me through the winter months. I use a spoonful of this is so many dishes from pastas, to sandwiches or in dips and so on.

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Nepalese Karela and Alsi 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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Sumeet’s Machar Jhol (Bengali Spicy Fish Curry)

Machar jhol is a classic Bengali spicy fish curry flavored with the goodness of mustard. The best way to eat this dish is with plain white rice. Here is a really excellent recipe. You must use a good mustard oil to make this dish as that is what gives it flavor. Generally mustard oil is available at any Indian grocery store.

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Nepalese Aloo ka Achar (Potato)

This recipe is another example of the spicy side dishes called “achars” which are prevalent in Nepalese cuisine. This version is eaten over boiled potatoes but one can substitute the potato for any vegetables cooked or raw, such as cucumbers, radish, steamed asparagus – even tofu and so on.

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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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