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South Indian Spicy Nut and Puffed Rice Snack (Chudwa) Recipe

Chudwa, sometimes called chevda, is for South Indians what trail-mix is for us. It's a blend of nuts, dried fruit, puffed rice and various typical Indian spices.

It's very easy to make, but like eggrolls, it's time-consuming. It's a big production. One of my sisters-in-law is in charge of assembling the ingredients. My mother-in-law is the one frying the puffed rice flakes. One other sister's job is to sprinkle the spices as soon as the ingredients are out of the oil. My job is to toss the whole thing and, last but not least, the other 2 younger sisters' job is to taste.  It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.


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Vegetarian Tajine Recipe

Vegetarian Tajine

07.07.09 by Jackie

Tajine is a Moroccan dish that is named after the special pot in which it is cooked. It's a melting pot of savory and sweet flavors and it's a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. I love all its interesting ingredients like saffron, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, apricots and sun-dried tomatoes.

A lot of my cooking is my own improvisation. I went into the garden and found only 5 apricots that were fully ripe. We've had a lot of problems lately with animals like deer, squirrels and rabbits eating the fruits of Lulu's labor. Of course, this would have never been enough for a tart or preserve. I had a few potatoes, some sun-dried tomatoes and tofu. Eating them as is would have been an option but I thought I would use them to make a vegetarian tajine.

There was a lot of the leftover sauce, so I saved it to make a real lamb tajine stew the next day. All I have to do is run to the store and buy some lamb shanks.


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Homemade Vegetarian Soy Chorizo Recipe

Homemade Vegetarian Soy Chorizo

05.27.09 by Jackie

Soy chorizo is so easy to make. It has all the same spicy flavor of the traditional chorizo but is much lower in fat and most importantly has no cholesterol. I blend firm tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP) with red chilies and other spices. Your first reaction will be "I can't believe it's not chorizo!" It's also high in protein.

I've found that soy chorizo is the perfect flavorful substitute for meat. I use it a lot in my Mexican-inspired dishes like tacos, enchiladas, seafood stew, Spanish-inspired paellas and of course my Shepherd's Pie.

 

 


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Chili Garlic Sauce (Tuong Ot) Recipe

Chili Garlic Sauce (Tuong Ot)

01.29.09 by Jackie

As promised, this is the recipe of tướng ớt, literally spicy dipping sauce in Vietnamese. It's ultra easy. This sauce is great for dipping and stir-frying. The last time I used this condiment was for my father-in-law's favorite Asian dish, green beans and tofu stir fry.

It contains the bare minimum ingredients: something sweet, something savory and of course a ton of spiciness. This blend has a delicious garlic flavor.

Every year, my husband Lulu plants an incredible amount of all sorts of chiles. My parents-in-law loves extremely spicy food. Before I got married, I hated spicy food. To be honest, I could barely handle a dash of black pepper, let alone a jalapeno or heaven forbid a habanero. I guess marrying into an Indian family helped my taste buds. I've gotten better. I'm learning.


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Vegetarian Tom Yum Thai Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Tom Yum Thai Soup

01.24.09 by Jackie

Today was a very cold and rainy day in Northern California. The Asian New Year is coming but I don't think the family is going to attend any of the festivities because of the weather. A couple of the girls are sick and I thought a warm broth would do them good.

Thai soup is a very good first course if you want to do an Asian-themed dinner. It's light and very tasty. The soup is an amazing contrast of spicy, sweet, savory and sour flavors. Enjoy!


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