Monday, July 15, 2013

Maple Roasted Nuts


Raw Nuts - 5  cups (I used a mix of Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios, Peanuts)
Pure Maple Syrup - 1/3 cup
Cayenne Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Sea Salt - a sprinkle

Preheat oven to 325F. Line two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.

Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon and place them in a single layer on the baking sheets.

Bake for around 10 to 15 minutes, stir the nuts and bake again for 10 minutes. Keep a close watch on them as they can turn brown and bitter easily.

Remove from heat, cool completely and store in an airtight container.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mung Beans Fettuchini with Pesto Sauce


Mung Beans Fettuchini - a handful
Cooked Beans - 1 cup, (I used a mix of cooked chickpeas and red kidney beans)
Broccolini - 1 small bunch,
Shallot - 1
Garlic Cloves - 1
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp.

For pesto:
Fresh Basil Leaves - 1 big bunch
Garlic Cloves - 3, minced
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Lightly Toasted Pinenuts - 2 tbsp.
Parmesan Cheese - 1/2 cup

Wash the basil leaves well and dry completely. Add minced garlic and blend in a blender till fairly smooth. Then add the olive oil, pinenuts and cheese and blend again to make a smooth mixture. Keep aside.

Cook the mung beans pasta according to directions. Rinse with cold water and keep aside.

Heat a big skillet and add olive oil. Add the chopped shallot and garlic and cook till the shallot gets soft. Add the broccolini and cook for a few minutes more.

Now add the cooked beans and pasta and toss everything well. Check for seasoning.  Remove from heat and serve.




Friday, July 12, 2013

Black Forbidden Rice with Green Peas

Black Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Salt - a pinch
Frozen Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Unsalted Butter - 1 tbsp

Add 2 cups of water to the rice and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add salt, reduce heat and simmer and cook for around 30 minutes.

When the liquid is almost absorbed, add the green peas and butter and cover and cook for a couple of minutes more. Remove from heat and keep aside covered for a few minutes. Serve hot or cold as a side dish.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crispy Coconut Shrimp

Fresh Shrimp - 1 lb, shelled but tail on
Cornstarch - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/4 tsp
Egg White - 1, beaten
Shredded Dry Unsweetened Coconut - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp, mix with the shredded coconut
Peanut Oil for deep frying

Mix cornstarch, salt and chili powder in a bowl. Drop the shrimp in the mixture and coat well.

Heat peanut oil in a skillet. Lift each shrimp by the tail from the cornstarch mix, dip in egg white and roll in coconut sugar mixture and drop in the medium low heated oil. Similarly add a couple of more shrimps to the skillet.

Fry for a minute on both sides till golden brown. Remove on paper towel to soak up excess oil and serve hot with garlic sauce.

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Lunch - Shrimp, Black Rice, Broccoli, Pink Snapper, Watermelon

Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Black Forbidden Rice with Green Peas, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Pink Snapper with Lemon, Watermelon Wedges