Delicious Chick Pea Curry
Preparation Time: 20 minutes!!!!
Cooking Time: 1 hour
- · 1 pound chick peas
- · 4 tomatoes, diced
- · 4 onions, diced
- · 4 chilies, chopped
- · 1 tsp turmeric
- · 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- · 2 tbsp olive oil
- · 1 tsp paprika
- · 1/4 cup soy sauce
- · 1 tbsp lime juice
- · 1 tsp coriander powder
- · 2 cloves garlic, minced
- · 2 cup water
- · 1 pinch ground ginger
- · Fresh coriander , chopped
- · Salt and pepper to taste
1) In a crockpot, boil the chick peas with some salt for about 30 minutes. 2)In a pan, heat the oil and fry the onions. 3) Fry the garlic, add the seeds and toss for 4 minutes. 4) Add the pastes and tomato for 5 minutes. 5) Finally add the chick peas with the water. 6) Cook for another 35 minutes on low heat. 7) Season with salt and pepper and garnish with coriander and some chips on top.
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9 out of 10 people like chocolate, while the tenth person lied, a survey said. Cocoa, from which chocolate is made, literally means, “food of the gods” in Latin and it is not difficult to see why.
A little history
First consumed by Mayans as a ritual beverage during betrothal and marriage ceremonies, cocoa bean and its cooking tool and method were first introduced to the Royal Spanish Court by Christopher Columbus in the 1600s. Chocolate as a luxury drink became popular across Europe and the first hot chocolate shop was opened in the United Kingdom in 1657. Solid chocolate only appeared after more than a century later when the first chocolate bar was produced in 1847 in Britain. During this period, with access to cocoa beans and chocolate recipes, Belgium, as a Spanish colony, established itself as the Land of Chocolate since cocoa trees were grown in Belgian Congo.
The Chocolate War
British chocolate is regarded as impure by purist nations like France and Belgium because it is not made from 100% pure cocoa butter and contains too much vegetable fat. Spain and Italy even refused to allow British chocolate to be called chocolate at all and banned its sale. Lasting for 30 years, the war was finally put to an end when the EU’s highest court ordered the ban to be lifted in 2003.
Did you know?
- Cocoa beans were used as a currency as well as a drink by the Aztecs.
- The Royal Spanish Court rejected cocoa beans as ‘bitter’ beans when they encounter it for the first time. When Columbus presented the beans the second time together with cooking tools and methods, people fell in love with it.
- Studies have shown that the sweet scent of chocolate can improve attention and memory, while also relieving stress.
- The first chocolate moulds appeared in France in the mid 1830s and were made of stamped sheet copper.
- Cocoa growers today receive about 6% of the price that consumers in rich countries pay for chocolate. In the 1980s their share was 16%.
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Rice! Rice! Rice!
Rice currently serves as a staple food for half of the global population and has been adopted by culinary cultures around the world. In 2007, Asian farmers accounted for 91% of the world’s total production of 651.7 million tonnes of paddy rice. Nowadays, China is still the largest rice producing country.
A versatile ingredient
In many parts of Asia, bowls of plain steamed rice is served with hot dishes. Fried rice and sushi are also very common. In Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia and East Africa, rice is cooked in a broth with meat and vegetables into pilaf. Paella, the Spanish national dish, is a rice dish cooked over an open fire with vegetables, meat, spices, seafood, etc. Last but not least, the Italians make risotto by cooking rice in broth to produce a creamy texture.
While white rice is used in making desserts such as rice pudding in Western countries, in Asia, sticky rice, or glutinous rice, is a more common ingredient in sweet dishes such as Thai mango sticky rice.
An ancient Indian tale
In the ancient times, each grain of rice was so large that a grain was all a man could eat. Ripe grains would fell onto the ground and roll into granaries themselves and did not need to be harvested. Once upon a year, the harvest was more plentiful than before and the granaries were not large enough. A widow suggested pulling down the granaries and building bigger ones. Before the new granaries were completed, ripe grains were already rolling into the granaries. The impatient widow struck a grain angrily and asked if it could wait in the fields until the granaries were ready. Then the grain broke into thousands of pieces and said from that time forth, they would all wait in the fields until they were wanted. Since then, rice became of small grain and man must harvest it from the fields.
Do you know?
- There are over 40,000 types of rice around the world.
- Rice is produced in every continent except Antarctica.
- Humans have farmed rice for over 10,000 years.
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Preparation time: 20 min
· 2 pounds lamb meat, cubed
· 4 pears - peeled, cored and cubed
· 1 tsp ground black pepper
· 2 onions, peeled and sliced
· 1 tsp ground cumin
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 1 tsp ground ginger
· 1 tsp ground coriander seed
· 1/2 cup golden raisins
· 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
· 1 tsp ground cinnamon
· salt to taste
In a nonstick pan, heat the oil and fry the onions for 2 minutes. Stir in the lamb and brown them. Add the coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt and pepper.Stir for 1 minute and pour in the water covering the meat. Cover with lid and simmer for about 2 hours on low heat. Take off the lid and stir in the pears, almond, and raisins. Cook for another 5 minutes and serve hot with rice.
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Recipe - Chinese Sweet Chili Chicken
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, cut into big chunks
- 4 onions, halved
- 1 green capsicum, diced
- 1 red capsicum, diced
- 1 tbsp honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 pinch of ground cumin
1) In a nonstick pan heat the olive oil and fry the chicken for 5 minutes. 2) Add the honey, onion, garlic, spices and toss for 2 minutes. 3) Pour in the soy sauce and the ketchup. 4) Season with salt and pepper. 5) Add the capsicum and toss for 2 minutes. 6) Finally drizzle the honey on top. 7) Serve hot with rice.
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Recipe - Rice Pudding
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
- ½ cup rice
- 4 cup milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 12-16 pistachio nuts
- 6-10 raisins
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch cardamom
- 1 bay leaf
1) In a sauce pan, melt the butter. 2) Pour the milk with the rice. 3) Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, and cardamom. 4) Cook on low flame for 30 minutes. 5) Make sure the rice has soften completely. 6) Add the sugar and stir. 7) Cook for another 10 minutes. 8) Add the nuts and raisins and serve cold.
Simple Yet Delicious Salad
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 carrots
- 1 cabbage
- Fresh coriander
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 onion
- Green chilies
- Salt and pepper
- 1 lime juice
1) Chop all the veggies thinly. 2) In a bowl combine all the ingredients together. 3) Stir well. 4) Serve fresh.
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Did you know that there are 310 different documented forms of Pasta? Pasta is one of the most popular dishes in the world , in the US alone 2.6 mil. tons of pasta per year are consumed. The first reference of this traditional Italian cuisine is dated to 1154 in Sicily, Italy.
The real ‘pasta revolution’ began with the genius idea to make a mixture of pasta with tomato- sauce ; prior to that pasta used to be consumed plain. Since its revolution, pasta consumption has changed drastically from a small and plain dish to a variety of dishes that allow chefs to be creative and go wild with their imagination .
Nowadays, there are two basic forms of pasta:
Fresh pasta is usually locally made with the fresh ingredients and it does not expand in size after being cooked.
Dried pasta, which can be defined as factory made one, has a longer shelf life and usually increases in size by double while cooked.
In Italian cuisine both fresh and dried pastas are classified into one of the three categories:
1) Pasta asciutta – cooked pasta, which is served with a complimentary sauce or condiment.
2) Pasta in brodo- pasta is prepared as a part of the soup-type dish.
3) Pasta al forno- pasta is incorporated into a dish that is subsequently baked.
Sources: Zanini De Vita, Oretta; International Pasta Organisation; McClatchey, Caroline; Italianfood.about.com