Thai Sticky Rice Recipe Recipe

Thai Sticky Rice Recipe

07.26.13 by Jackie

Xôi xoài Thái Lan, in Vietnamese, literally translates to "mango sticky rice from Thailand". It's a very popular dessert in Asia; steamed sticky is rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk and paired with freshly-cut mangoes, then drizzled with thick, syrupy coconut sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. 

I made this dessert is because I had leftover pandan leaves that I used in the recipes I developed for my second cookbook, Banh Mi, available since July 18th. By the way, it was named "Best Book of the Month" (July badge) on Amazon. Also, my husband's teenage sisters, Sunny, Lya, Mimi and Lala (that's what Aria calls them) spent last month in Asia. I was surprised when they got back that they asked for this sweet treat, because it's such an easy, common Asian dessert.

It really satisfied their craving and I hope it brought back good memories of their time on the beaches of Thailand and Vietnam. 


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Portobello and Chickpea Burger Recipe Recipe

Portobello mushrooms are a great meat substitute in burgers. The downside to them is the lack of protein. To compensate, I stuffed the Portobello mushroom with a chickpea patty. I blended the chickpeas and flavored the mixture with spicy garlic chutney (lesahn ki chutney) and added breadcrumbs and finely diced jicama.

I pan-fried the chickpea and Portobello bugers and paired them with marinated artichokes, lettuce, mini red sweet peppers and chipotle salsa. I nested everything in goat cheese-filled toasted English muffins. THese are so tasty, they'll even satisfy the meat eaters in your life!


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Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce Recipe

Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce

07.24.13 by Jackie

By itself, tofu can be very bland; the best remedy is a flavorful sauce paired with a load of vegetables. In this recipe I used leftover chicken, silken tofu, broccoli, red bell peppers, beech and button mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and onions. I added the chicken pieces at the last minute after reserving a portion for the vegetarians in my house.

When paired with a thick, bold, rich peanut miso sauce and served on a bed of steamed jasmine rice, you’ll have a one-dish meal sure to satisfy your family.


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Spinach Noodle Salad Recipe Recipe

Spinach Noodle Salad Recipe

07.23.13 by Jackie

The girls and I played with our pasta maker today and made spinach noodles. Making homemade noodles was so much fun and wasn't that complicated. We sautéed them in a bit of garlic butter for lunch and used the leftovers for a dinner noodle salad. I loaded it with tofu, leftover roasted chicken pieces (for the non-vegetarians), sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms and dried cherries for a little tart flavor. I dressed the noodle salad with miso and tahini vinaigrette. You could add tomatoes or red bell peppers for a pop of color but I thought the cherries were sufficient. 

This cold Asian-style noodle salad can be prepared hours in advance if the miso vinaigrette is kept on the side and mixed right before serving.


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Vegetarian Haleem Recipe Recipe

Vegetarian Haleem Recipe

07.22.13 by Jackie

Haleem is one of my husband Lulu's many favorite dishes. It has a velvety consistency and is usually made of pearled wheat germ (sometimes with barley as well), stewed meat (chicken, goat meat or beef shanks), five varieties of lentils and various spices. Since Lulu and his dad are vegetarians, I prepare it meat-free (so appropriate for our Meatless Mondays!). The thick lentil stew is served piping hot with fresh ginger cut into thin matchsticks, daikon pieces, fresh mint (sometimes with dill also), chopped chiles, lime wedges and a garnish of crispy fried onions. 

It used to be a labor-intensive task to turn the mixture into a thick paste, but  these days a food processor makes it easy breezy. Thank you so much to Phoopi (Daddy's sister) who taught me this wonderful dish, despite her extremely busy schedule. Lulu is so excited he wants to eat vegetarian haleem everyday!


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