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Lima Beans Paneer and Saffron Basmati Rice (Vegetarian Biryani) Recipe

Vegetarian biryani is a vegetable curry with saffron basmati rice. This dish is truly authentic Indian cuisine. I always make Biryani when we have a big crowd at home. Indian food is meant to be eaten by a big group.

Paneer is an Indian cheese that you commonly fry and add to rice or vegetables. It is pretty firm and does not melt when heated. The kids love vegetarian biryani and the saffron color brings a nice ...The same dish, when prepared with meat (usually mutton, goat or chicken), is traditional wedding fare.  One of Lulu's uncles told me that if he goes to a large Indian function and doesn't get biryani he feels cheated.


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Toasted Sesame Tofu Caramelized with Agave Nectar, Wasabi and Soy Sauce Recipe

There are many sweet and sour flavor combinations in Asian cuisine, but I've gotten bored with the traditional hoisin plum sauce.  For this preparation I added agave as the sweet element in the dish. I've been experimenting with agave nectar that I got on my last trip to Florida.

Agave has a complex flavor that is sort of a cross between honey and caramel, but milder.  Tofu absorbs any flavor it comes in contact with and is perfect for the agave sauce. The dish is finished with some toasted sesame seeds for added crunch.


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Tarte Pomme de Terre (Potato Pie) Recipe

You won't see any potato pies on an approved list for the Atkins diet. Along with a fluffy puff pastry shell, you have layers of sweet tomato sauce and fried potatoes. But that's not all! Add to that a layer of crème fraîche and some cheese. The only green is the garlic chives. It may not be healthy, but it sure is delicious!  If you're feeling guilty, pair the pies with a healthy green salad.

The procedure is very similar to the leek quiches I made a few months ago.


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Vegetarian Ma-Po Tofu Recipe

Vegetarian Ma-Po Tofu

03.08.09 by Jackie

Ma-Po tofu (or Mapo tofu) is a combination of silken tofu and stir-fried vegetables in a chili garlic and black bean-flavored sauce. The sauce is a thick, (non-runny) spicy brown broth. It's a very popular vegetarian dish on the menu of many Chinese restaurants. Now you can make your own without stepping out of the house.

You can make it non-veggie by adding thin slices of beef quickly sautéed in garlic and scallions.


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Asian-Style Soy Sauce Quail (Chim Cut Ro Ti) Recipe

Soy sauce quails (chim cút rô ti in Vietnamese) are very popular in Asian cuisine. You might think the flavor is similar to my soy sauce hen recipe, but it's totally different.  Quail has a very distinct flavor. The meat is darker and more tender than the regular poultry and requires little marinating time.

This dish isn't meant to be fancy.  In Vietnam it's street food. That means you have to dig in with your fingers and get messy.


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