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Muhammara Recipe (Walnut and Pomegranate Dip) Recipe

I had never heard of or tasted muhammara before until I met the folks at California Lavash. Every time I met with their team, I would hear how exquisite it tasted. In all seriousness, when you hear about a combination of walnuts, charred red bell peppers, fresh pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, garlic, mint, salt and pepper, it’s difficult to imagine how it couldn’t taste amazing!

To thicken the texture of the dip, I added bread and extra virgin olive oil, and balanced the flavors with dates, a hint of ground cumin and red chili powder. You could use it as a dip served with toasted pita bread or cucumber and celery sticks but in my case, I used it as a spread for a roasted lamb sandwich. It was delicious!


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Vegan Coconut Soup Recipe Recipe

Vegan Coconut Soup Recipe

01.16.14 by Jackie

I usually pair coconut soup with seafood.  To ensure that the rest of the family could share a similar meal with me, I made scallop-lookalike sweet potato out of a Vietnamese root vegetable called khoai tu. It resembles sugar cane but once cooked, it's starchy with a subtle sweetness. I cut it into the dimension of sea scallops and pan-fried them. Once the fragrant coconut broth is ready, you just need to add the wonderful looking vegetarian "scallops".

Khoai từ has been available at the Asian market this season but it's a little pricey. I think this would make a fabulous dish for you to serve if you celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. I'll try to have a vegetarian diet the days before and after New Year's Day but since it isn't time for the festivities just yet, I indulged in the real thing with fresh, large and sumptuous sea scallops.

 


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Chestnut Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe Recipe

Chestnut Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe

01.13.14 by Jackie

It's Meatless Monday and we're going to be celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year in about 2 weeks. It's the perfect occasion to show you our family's favorite: tofu stir fry. For this version, I sauteed shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and roasted chestnuts. The chestnuts have a mealy texture that's very satisfying and filling, which is great when you're on a vegetarian diet. I'll be taking the proverbial plunge from the day before the New Year through the day after (there is a tradition of abstaining from meat during this period for the New Year).

I just came home from West Hollywood after promoting my second cookbook Banh Mi during the Golden Globes presentation. I also shared my pandan cookies, and guess what? I'm not big on bragging but everyone adored my signature cookies and the Banh Mi cookbook! I've shared and will share a few photos of the event on my social media channels.


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Lobia Dal Spiced Curry Recipe (Black Eyed Peas Curry) Recipe

First of all, I would like to send you my best wishes for the New Year, and i hope this week has started as well for you as it has for me. 

I've been extremely busy preparing for the promotion of my second cookbook, Banh Mi. As I mentioned last week, 2014 seems to be starting with a bang. I'm doing a Golden Globes Luxury Gifting Suite at the beginning of the year and copies of Banh Mi will be included in the celebrity "swag bags."  Celebrities will be photographed on the red carpet at the suite with the Banh Mi book and I will be serving a few dishes from my cookbook. I'm so excited!

For the first Meatless Monday of the new year, I went for a super easy Indian vegan dish called lobia dal. It's an especially simple lentil bean dish if you use frozen black eyed peas. The rest of the ingredients consist of chickpea flour (besan), cumin, chiles, tamarind and curry leaves. I served it with warm roti (Indian flat bread), gur (jaggery, which is palm sugar; it tastes similar to flavorful brown sugar) and garlic chutney to complete the meal. 



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Poha Chudva Recipe Recipe

Poha Chudva Recipe

12.12.13 by Jackie

I realize I haven't posted any Indian dishes for a while. Last weekend, Daddy, my father-in-law, suggested we prepare poha, which is a flattened rice dish. Poha is a great breakfast item and is also delightful as a snack. I've prepared similar dishes such as chudva in the past.

Thick, flattened rice grains are rehydrated and cooked with turmeric and coconut. I kept the recipe fairly simple , flavoring the rice with only mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dried red chiles, curry leaves, cilantro and a generous amount of lime juice. 

You could fancy this up and make it more filling with frozen green peas, diced potatoes or cashew nuts. I haven't seen this rice dish in any Indian restaurant, so if you want a fairly unique culinary trip to India, give this simple and easy dish a try!


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