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Helping Aspiring Chefs create authentic dishes from the world's cuisines at home
Helping Aspiring Chefs create authentic dishes from the world's cuisines at home

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Bhuna Tamatar ke Raita - Roasted Tomato Yogurt Dip/Condiment

A wonderfully flavorful cooked version of tomato raita that is easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal. Pan roasting the tomato and garlic concentrates the tomato flavor and brings out the natural sweetness of the garlic making for an incredible side/condiment for almost anything! Go beyond the Indian meal and use it as 'spread' on a sandwich or in a wrap, try it as a salad dressing, use it as a dip for veggie sticks, use it to top tacos... Just use your imagination!

Extremely easy to prepare, no 'fancy' ingredients needed, a great 'multi use' dish, and delicious; Give it a try yourself! - ENJOY!

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Andhra Chepa Vepudu - Fish Fry Andhra Style

A quick, easy, yet incredibly tasty fish fry recipe from the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh where the cuisine is known for its spicy and strong flavors and fish and seafood dishes abound. Serve it as a starter or as a side dish with steamed rice, rasam, roasted vegetables, or a vegetable 'curry' - a simple, flavorful marinade of spices and a few minutes of shallow pan frying are all that it takes to make a delicious, colorful, and healthy meal!

Hopefully you saw and made your own Andhra Garam Masala from last week's post as it is used to give this dish a truly authentic regional flavor (if you didn't see last week's post, be sure you take a look and give the recipe for Andhra Garam Masala a try! You can find the recipe @ http://www.tazcooks.com/andhra-garam-masala-recipe) - You could substitute any garam masala blend that you choose and it will still be delicious but for a truly authentic flavor this blend is a must.
Download the recipe, print it, make it, share it, and ENJOY!

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Andhra Garam Masala - Andhra Style 'Warming Spice' Blend

Garam Masala literally translates as 'warming spice' and is a spice blend that originated in Northern India/Pakistan but has migrated throughout India. There is no 'one' recipe for garam masala; in fact, every region, state, territory, city, town, village, home, family, and cook has their own mix that they claim as their own. This Garam Masala is a hybrid of several I made or experienced around the Andhra Pradesh state of India and has its own distinct, South Indian and regional flavor.

This garam masala blend can be used in any South Indian or Andhra dish that calls simply for 'garam masala' for a more authentic regional flavor or it can be used as a base to customize your own South Indian garam masala blend tailored to your own personal taste - Add or omit any individual spice or vary the quantities of any spice to make it your own.
Next week's recipe calls for this spice blend to give it it's authentic flavor though you can substitute any garam masala you have on hand...
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Tamatar ke Raita - Tomato Yogurt Dip/Condiment

A fresh and extremely simple yet irresistible classic Indian condiment that can be made in a hurry to accompany any Indian meal. This cooling and refreshing raita pairs perfectly with biryanis, pulaos, and alongside any spicy dish to tone down the fire. More than just a side dish for spicy 'curries', this raita is perfect for dipping popadums, potato chips, or vegetable sticks. It is excellent as a 'spread' on a sandwich or in a wrap, great as a salad dressing, and much more!

Easy, uncomplicated, fresh, healthy, and delicious; Give it a try yourself! - ENJOY!

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Kerala Kadala Kari - Black Chickpeas in Coconut Gravy

A relatively simple to prepare, incredibly tasty, slightly spicy coconut 'curry' from Kerala cuisine. Tender black chickpeas in a roasted coconut gravy flavored with an array of spices makes for a truly irresistible dish! Serve it for lunch or dinner along with paratha, poori, or chapatti and red rice or serve it with puttu, idiyappam, appam, dosa, or even idli for a traditional Kerala breakfast - either way, make it yourself for a truly tasty, filling, healthy meal!

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Bengali Aam ki Chatni - Bengali Style Ripe Mango Chutney

A simple yet irresistible sweet and tart mango chutney spiced with the traditional Bengali spice blend of whole spices: Panch Phoran. Extremely versatile, this incredibly tasty chutney can be served alongside any Indian meal or chaat, is an excellent accompaniment to meats and poultry, and can even be served as a sweet treat. So good it can be served in the traditional Bengali way as a separate dish near the end of a meal as a palate cleanser before the dessert!

So simple, so delicious, so versatile, you owe it to yourself to give it a try - ENJOY!

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Malai Murgh Masala - Tender Chicken in Spiced Cream Gravy

A relatively simple to prepare, incredibly tasty, aromatic dish of tender and juicy bite sized pieces of chicken in a rich and creamy gravy that could easily fall under the ubiquitous title of 'Chicken Tikka Masala' due to its similar appearance. Yet, it is less spiced (relatively speaking) than the more familiar 'Tikka Masala' recipes which leads to its separate title in Indian cuisine. Be sure and serve it with rice or Indian flat bread to soak up all of that rich gravy!

I have explained before that, in the past, all traditional Indian dishes where called by specific names referring to their ingredients, region of origin, and/or their spicing and cooking methods. But as times have changed, many of the 'original' names of dishes have been lost to history or have been changed due to being grouped with other similar dishes leading to vast generalizations. Malai Murgh Masala is one dish that has maintained its distinctive name despite being extremely similar to the huge variety of dishes known simply as 'Chicken Tikka Masala'.
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Háoyóu Gai Lán - Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

This super easy to prepare, healthy, and delicious side dish of Chinese broccoli topped with thick, savory yet sweet, 'caramely', oyster sauce can be found in almost every Chinese restaurant and home. A staple of Dim Sum (often one of the only green vegetable dishes offered from the Dim Sum carts), a wonderful side dish for any Chinese meal, or a healthy and satisfying vegetable 'main' dish served with some steamed rice. A quick and delicious way to add plenty of vegetables to your table!

Despite what many recipes say, 'real' Chinese Broccoli and Oyster Sauce is NOT just oyster sauce 'dolloped' over the top of steamed Chinese broccoli. The oyster sauce's flavor is enhanced with the cooking oil that has been infused with the subtle flavors of garlic and ginger, toasted sesame oil, and the tiny bit of Shao Xing rice wine added to the liquid used to steam the vegetables. Many people/places remove the garlic used to infuse the oil (along with the ginger 'coins' which I do remove) having 'done their job' but, why waste those wonderfully soft and sweet little gems? I LOVE garlic so I serve them up with the broccoli for a tasty addition to the dish (which many 'authentic' dishes do as well).
For you vegans out there, you can still make this dish using vegetarian oyster sauce made from mushrooms and vegetable proteins (Wan Ja Shan Vegetarian Mushroom Oyster Sauce is a good option which you can get @ https://amzn.to/2yDGWCp), or Hoisin sauce (though I have to admit the flavor is not the same - still good!)
No matter how you make or serve it, give it a try - Download the recipe, print it, make it, share it, and ENJOY!

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I thought that I would end the recent series of Chinese recipes with a super simple one - Back to Indian next week for a while and then we will see where my tastes wander...
If you have any suggestions of recipes you would like to see, please let me know!
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Char Siu - Chinese Barbeque Pork

Easy to prepare oven roasted Char Siu (Chinese Barbeque Pork) - Wonderfully sticky, sweet, savory, and delicious! Extremely versatile, you can serve it in the traditional way over steamed rice with a side of simple vegetables or add it to noodle soups, fried rice, stir fries, clay pot rice, lo mein, fried noodles, use it to fill dumplings for dim sum (char siu bao), or let your imagination guide you!

Originating from Cantonese cuisine, Char Siu has spread throughout China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii to become one of the most popular and ubiquitous roast meats found in Chinese/Asian cuisine. Stroll through any Chinatown throughout the world and you will be tempted by the crimson red Char Siu glistening in the windows of multiple Chinese Barbeque shops and restaurants hanging alongside Peking duck and other siu mei (roasted meat). If you are not lucky enough to live near one of the many Chinatowns, or a Chinese restaurant that makes Char Siu, then making it yourself is a must for those that love Chinese cuisine.
Traditionally Char Siu is cooked by hanging the meat on hooks or long forks (skewers) over charcoal but many shops, restaurants, and individuals skip the coals and use the oven. You can obviously choose to grill yours instead of cooking it in the oven - just be sure and cook it over indirect heat!
No matter how you prepare it, give it a try yourself - Download the recipe, print it, make it, share it, and ENJOY!

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Check out my online store @ http://www.tazcooks.com/chinese-sichuan-ingredients to order or just learn a little about those truly authentic Chinese ingredients in the dish that are typically not found outside of a good Asian market.
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July and August classes are now open for registration!
See the schedule and class details @ http://www.tazcooks.com/taz-cooks-cooking-classes
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