Pickled Jicama

Jicama is not a cheap vegetable, but boy it is good, and one Jicama will often make 2 or 3 dishes. A couple of salads for example. Or just eat it on its own with salt and lime juice.

The jicama I picked up today from the local Asian Grocery is young and beautiful. It must be the beginning of the Jicama season. Never choose one that is wrinkled, damaged, with mouldy or sunken spots. Ewk!

This recipe is a quickish pickle that will sit in the fridge easily for a week or more. So just adjust the recipe to the amount that you think you will eat in that time.

Try these other Jicama recipes: Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Jicama with Coconut Milk, or Jicama Sticks with Spices.

Are you after other interesting pickles? Try Pickled Lemons, Pickled Quinces, and Cumquat Pickles.

All of our Jicama recipes are here, and all of the Pickle recipes here. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer recipes.

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Moraiya Kitchari | Barnyard Millet Kitdchari | Sama ki khichdi

Moraiya Kitchari is a delightful dish, healthy and nourishing. It is regularly made for Navratri fasting, Ekadashi fasting or any other time of Hindu fasting as it is an easily digestible dish. It is delicious in its own right – lightly spiced and less vigorous of taste than many Indian dishes, but don’t put it aside because of that. Try it with a wet curry like a yoghurt or besan curry, even a Poritha Kuzhambu! You will enjoy.

Moraiya is composed of tiny, white, round grains. In India, cereal grains are not consumed during fasts. Hence, Moraiya is a popular alternative, especially during Navratri. It is often used in place of rice, although it does not cook into separate grains like long grained rice. It is quite sticky when it is cooked and the grains stick together somewhat.

Are you looking for other Kitchari dishes? Try this one with Sago, Peanuts and Potatoes, or Maharashtrian Kitchari with Masoor Sprouts, or a Simple Parsi Kitchari.

You might like to check to see whether we have posted other Moraiya recipes. You can browse all of our other Kitchari recipes here. Our Indian recipes are here. Or explore our Early Spring dishes here.

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Subudana Kitchari with Potatoes and Peanuts | Sago Kitchari | Sago Pilaf

Remember Kurma? If you are of a certain age, and Australian, you will recall his TV shows of vegetarian Indian cooking. He really was the first to bring Indian food to Australians in a way that made it easily comprehensible and easy to cook. He was a stickler for detail, and for this I love him. So many recipes out of India these days are low in detail, low in precision, and that allows others to take liberties with Indian recipes. Soon, Indian food is no longer Indian food, but some mish mash of regional differences and non-Indian preferences.

One small example. I am constantly frustrated by recipes that say “1 cup rice”. Which rice? Basmati? Short grained? Long grained? Red or white? A South Indian variety? or a North Indian Variety? And it can make a huge difference to the end result. Do you need rice that is harder? Soft? Sticks together? Separates beautifully? Kurma would never leave one in doubt.

We don’t use rice in this recipe, even though it is a kitchari. This recipe from Kurma uses sago. But as usual, Kurma is precise.

Are you interested in other Sago recipes? Try Sago Payasam, and Sago Coconut Payasam.

We have quite a number of Kitchari recipes, for example Maharashtrian Kitchari with Masoor SproutsGujarati Kitchari, and Bengali Kitchari.

Feel free to browse all Sago recipes, and all of our Kitchari Recipes. Browse our Indian recipes here. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer recipes.

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Fragrant Persian Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea

Persian food is pretty extraordinary, and one of the more unusual ingredients that features in it is the Dried Persian Borage Flower. This is different to the European Borage flower which is quite tiny compared to the Persian one. Beginning life as a pink flower, it turns blue as it dries. It has such a relaxing quality, that making tea from it is a perfect evening task.

You can find Persian Borage Flowers online, at Persian shops or at Afghan shops. I found mine recently at a local Afghan shop. Also close by you will see the Persian dried Rosebuds. I like these better than the Chinese ones as the Chinese ones currently available have had a strange colour and no flavour or aroma. The Persian ones are so fragrant and don’t colour your tea the way the Asian ones do.

While you are there, pick up some dried limes as well – they will be near the spice section. Intensely lemony, they feature often in Persian food and we put some in this tea. Also near the dried ingredients you will find dried mint. You will need a pack of these two. Also pick up coriander seeds, saffron and cinnamon sticks if you don’t have any at home.

You might like to try our other teas made from herbs and spices. Try Cardamon, Cinnamon and Clove Tea, Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea, or Balinese Lemongrass and Ginger Tea.

You will find all our our Teas here, or just browse our Late Summer recipes.

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Freeze Your Garlic

Keep good garlic available for winter

Did you know that garlic freezes rather well? I have to thank Kathryn Elliott for bringing this to my attention.

Garlic is a seasonal crop, and local garlic is cheap over summer. It begins to peak in price during late Summer and early Autumn, continuing to rise until late Autumn or Early Winter until it is no longer available. The only option then is to buy overseas garlic of dubious quality.

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Japanese Simmered Sautéed Eggplant in Beautiful Broth

This dish has to be eaten to be believed! How can eggplant taste so not-like-eggplant?

Eggplant always surprises.

This is one of those dishes things that is an absolute surprise! The sort of recipe that makes you want to rush out to plant your own huge eggplant patch! This is more of a summer dish in Japan as eggplants are one of the best antidotes to Japan’s hot and sultry summers. But it can be cooked at any time that eggplants are in season. The broth is heavenly, and the eggplant acts like tofu, soaking up all of the flavours.

Browse our Eggplant recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Japanese recipes here and here. You might also like our Kombu recipes. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Cucumber Salad with Capers and Ricotta

Cucumber Salads never fail to remind me of the British and their cucumber sandwiches. There is something elegant, simple, yet refined and luxurious about cucumbers. The taste is subtle and it is their water content that provides the perception of being cooling and wonderful.

Featuring them in salads is tough, given that subtlety. They can easily be overwhelmed by the ingredients that you pair them with. One of the ways to circumvent this is to use something creamy – feta, ricotta, avocado, for example, and then highlight the flavours with a contrasting tang from an ingredient or the dressing.

That is exactly what this salad does. It relies solely on the quality of the olive oil (must have an excellent taste), the cucumbers (not late seasons, make this in early or mid Summer) and the ricotta (to maximise the creaminess). I do hope that you enjoy it.

Are you looking for other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber and Avocado Salad, Translucent Cucumber Salad, and my Mother’s German Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Dressing.

All of our Cucumber Salads are here, and all of the Cucumber Recipes are worth browsing. Otherwise, perhaps browse our Mid Summer recipes.

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Zucchini Rice, Indian Style

Anyone who has ever grown zucchini will know that you can get a glut of zucchini very quickly. I planted 4 plants this year, forgetting how large the plants get, and they seem to be taking over the veggie garden. They have already swallowed 2 chilli bushes and a whole lot of radishes!

So I have the opportunity to explore zucchini recipes at this time of year, trying to keep that glut under control. This is an Indian mixed rice – cooked rice is mixed with spices and perhaps a vegetable or other ingredient. Indian mixed rice dishes are flavoursome and healthy!

Would you like to try other Mixed Rice dishes? Try Pepper Cumin Rice, Masala Lemon Rice, or Golden Rice.

Try these zucchini dishes: Zucchini Fry, Zucchini Thoran, and Marinated Zucchini.

You can browse all of our Mixed Rice dishes, all of our Rice dishes, our Zucchini dishes, or our Indian Recipes. Or simply explore our Late Summer dishes.

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Cucumbers and Avocado Salad with Japanese Style Dressing

A salad with a Japanese influenced dressing.

A soft and gentle, quick and easy salad where the crunch of fresh cucumber partners with the soft creaminess of the avocado.

Try some other cucumber recipes – Cucumber Yoghurt Salad (Raita), Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, or Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon.

Perhaps you are looking for Avocado Salads? Have a look at Avocado and Celery Cold Soup, or Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Asian Style Dressing.

Browse our other Cucumber recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.

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Cheese and Eggplant Torte | Cheesy Eggplant Layers

Yet another divine use for eggplant – such a versatile vegetable. This time it is a cheesy torte – eggplants layered, Italian style, with cheeses, baked, allowed to rest and firm up, then cut into wedges to serve. What could be better? It makes a great lunch or supper, or works very well in a tapas spread, mezze or antipasto. It even makes a great any-time snack.

Eggplant is so flexible, and very variation tastes so good. You can bake it, simmer it, steam it, BBQ it, grill it, roast it, saute it and deep fry it. I hope you try some of these recipes.

It makes great Indian style Chutney, Curries, Salads, Fritters, Pasta Sauces, Rice dishes, and gentle dishes.

As well as all of these Eggplant recipes, you might like to also browse our Italian recipes and our easy Late Summer dishes.

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Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts and Ginger Vinaigrette

A modern mushroom salad

Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing

Similar recipes for Mushrooms that you might like – try Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill. You can check out our Mushroom Salads here.

If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran. You can check out all of our Carrot Salads here.

Browse all of our Carrot recipes here and here, all of our Mushroom recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.

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Bondi Bircher Muesli | Bondi Overnight Oats

Muesli is a breakfast and brunch dish of raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, and may be mixed with cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, other forms of plant milk, yogurt and/or fruit juice. (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, a Swiss doctor and nutritionist, for his patients at his Zurich sanatorium as a way of getting more raw fruit into their diets. It is still a very popular breakfast in Switzerland and Germany, as well as many other parts of the world. The original recipe called for a higher ratio of fresh fruit to grain, and soaked the raw oats overnight since they took some time to soften. Each day the patients began their day with this mushy fruity mixture. Perhaps it was not an inspirational dish at the time, but in the past 12 decades, the dish has been refined and is an attractive start to the day.

Bircher Muesli traditionally contains a lot of apples, by way of juice and grated fruit. Bircher-Benner believed apples cured him of jaundice in his youth, and he strongly advocated the healing powers of diets high in fruit and vegetables. Thus originally it had few oats (about 1 Tblspn per person) and lots of fruit.

I guess Bircher Muesli was the original Overnight Oats! Here in Australia it is a perfect Summer breakfast. Fruit is plentiful in Summer – beautiful, perfect peaches, apricots, peacharines, nectarines, berries, plums, …. all and more freely available. This breakfast dish – the Australian version – celebrates our sunshine and Summer.

You must also try Overnight Oats. Other dishes include Shrikand and Besan Payasam, both interesting dishes for breakfast.

Have a look at all of our Breakfast dishes here, or browse our easy Mid Summer recipes.

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Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime

A Salad with the tastes of Mexico

What to do with left over flatbread or roti, no longer near its prime, but not yet ready to be allocated to the bin? Ah, I have the answer for you. Crisp it up in the oven and turn it into a wonderful, mexican influenced salad.

Those organic corn chips can be used in this salad too – the ones without added flavourings. They are perfect. Also corn tortillas, crisped in the oven.

While you are at it, crisp up a lot of the flatbread, rotis or tortillas. They are excellent with cheese or dips. Very crispy and crunchy.

You will love this salad. Feel free to browse our other Salad recipes here and here. We have a lot, so if you just want Tomato Salad recipes they are here. This is a salad inspired by Bittman – have a look at his other superb salads.  Or simply explore our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Cumin, Coriander and Ginger Infusion (Tea)

Aahh, relax!

You find the most magical spice infusions in India. Although I still call them “teas”, technically, they are infusions or tisanes. In India, tea (chai) is only made from the leaves of the tea plant, often supplemented with spices.

Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series of recipes from our first blog which ran from 1995 – 2005. You might also like our Tea recipes here and here. Our Chai recipes are here. Or browse our Indian recipes here.

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Mushroom Curry with Yoghurt-Tomato Sauce

Madhur Jaffrey’s recipes, although not always traditional, are always tasty, easy and no-fail. This is another one – I found it in my pile of saved recipes, scribbled out. Any mushrooms are good with this yoghurt -tomato gravy/sauce, just cut them large enough so they don’t get lost in the sauce.

You might like to Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ, Mushrooms on Toast, or Mushrooms a la Grecque.

Would you like other yoghurt curries? Try a Kerala Sweet and Sour Mango Curry, Moar (Yoghurt) Kuzhambu with Lentil Dumplings, and coconuty Avial.

You can find all of our Indian dishes here, and all of our Mushroom recipes here. We have a number of Yoghurt dishes. Or take some time to explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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