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Recipes Tagged with “indian”

Naan

bread indian

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (426 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup (180 milliliters) whole or low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • About 3/4 cup warm water
  • Canola oil, for greasing the baking sheet
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons melted ghee or unsalted butter, for brushing

Preparation

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Pour the buttermilk over the flour mixture and quickly stir it in. The flour will still be fairly dry, with some wet clumps.

Pour a few tablespoons of the warm water over the flour, stirring it in with a spatula or wooden spoon. Repeat until the flour comes together to form a soft ball. You will use about 3/4 cup of the warm water in total, but it may need a little more or less depending on your exact measurements or the weather. You want the dough to be very soft, close to being slightly sticky, so if you add an extra tablespoon or so, it won’t hurt. Using your hands, gather the ball, picking up any dry flour in the bottom of the bowl, and knead it to form a smooth, soft ball of dough, 1 to 2 minutes. If it’s a little too sticky to handle, dust your hands with flour, but do not add any more flour to the dough, if possible.

Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with the canola oil. Cut the dough into 6 equal portions (the dough will be roughly 700 grams, so aim for about 116 grams each). Shape each portion into a round, cupping and tucking the edges underneath as best you can to make it smooth. (Don’t sweat this too much, as the dough is pretty forgiving and you’re going to roll it out anyway.) Place on the baking sheet. Brush the rounds with the melted ghee or butter and cover with plastic wrap or a slightly dampened clean dish towel. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. The dough needs to rest, but will not rise or change much in appearance.

With about 10 minutes left in the dough resting time, preheat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Place one of the dough rounds on the surface and then turn it over so that both sides are floured. (Keep the remaining dough rounds covered.) Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into an 8- to 9-inch circle, rotating the dough 90 degrees after each motion to create an even round. Dust the work surface and rolling pin with just enough flour to keep things from sticking; you don’t want to overdo it.

When the skillet is sizzling-hot (check by sprinkling a few small drops of water; if they bounce and quickly evaporate, it’s ready), add the first portion of rolled dough. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until lots of bubbles appear on the top and the bottom dries out and is freckled with brown spots.

Using tongs — or your fingers if you’re careful — flip the dough and cover the skillet with a lid or large, rimmed baking sheet if you don’t have a top that fits the pan. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the dough is cooked through and there are plenty of very dark, almost charred spots on what was the top and now the bottom of the naan. You may find you need to reduce the heat or cook time slightly as the skillet gets very hot throughout the batch. While the first naan cooks, roll out the second.

Remove the finished naan from the skillet, transfer to a baking sheet or serving platter, and brush with more of the melted ghee or butter. Cover with foil or a clean dish towel to keep warm. Transfer the second naan to the skillet, and continue to roll and cook the remaining dough. Serve warm.

WaPo


Instant Pot Butter Chicken

main course indian chicken instantpot

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. can tomatoes
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 lb. chicken (pref. boneless thighs)
  • 4 oz. butter, cubed
  • 4 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/4–1/2 c. cilantro

Preparation

Place the first ten ingredients into the instant pot. Cook for 10 minutes on high. Allow the pressure to drop for 10 minutes naturally, then quick release.

Take the chicken out and set aside. Blend the sauce with an immersion blender, and add the butter, cream, cilantro, and further 1 tsp. garam masala.

Set aside half of the sauce for future use (mix with paneer, or peas, or shrimp, or leftover cooked chicken).

Chop the chicken, return it to the sauce, and heat gently. Serve with rice or naan.

Two Sleevers


Tikka Masala

main course curry indian instantpot

Ingredients

For marinating the chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (7 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

For the sauce:

  • 15 ounces canned tomato sauce or puree
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

For serving:

  • basmati rice
  • naan
  • freshly chopped cilantro

Preparation

Combine all marinade ingredients (minus the chicken) in a bowl and mix well. Add chicken chunks and coat with the marinade. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Select the saute mode on the pressure cooker for medium heat. When it has reached temperature, add chicken chunks (along with any marinade sticking to them) to the pressure cooker. Saute until the chicken is cooked on all sides, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the saute mode.

Add all of the sauce ingredients except the cream to the pressure cooker, over the chicken, and stir. Secure and seal the lid. Select the manual mode to cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Use the quick steam release handle to release pressure.

Select the saute mode on the pressure cooker for low heat. When it has reached temperature, add cream to the pot, stirring with the other ingredients. Simmer until the sauce is thickened to your liking, a few minutes.

Serve with basmati rice or naan. Garnish with cilantro.

Savory Tooth


Broiled Fish with Lemon Curry Butter

main course curry fish indian

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed
  • ¾ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 (6-ounce) blackfish, flounder or hake fillets
  • Fresh lemon juice, for serving
  • Dill fronds or fresh parsley, for serving

Preparation

Heat the broiler. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in garlic, thyme, curry powder, ginger and 1/4 teaspoon salt; heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon zest.

Season fish with salt and pepper and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour sauce over fish and broil until fish is flaky and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh dill, and serve.

New York Times


Indian Tomato Mint Salad

side dish indian mint salad tomato

Ingredients

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes, diced about 1/2"
  • 4 spring onions (or yellow onions, shallots), finely chopped
  • 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, finely minced
  • juice of 1 - 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper
  • cayenne pepper

Preparation

Place tomatoes and onions into a bowl. Juice the lemons. Grind salt and pepper to taste into the lemon juice. Add any other spices, such as cayenne. Add the minced mint to the lemon dressing, mix well, then pour over the tomatoes.

Delishably


Indian Vegetable Curry

main course cauliflower indian potato untested vegan vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 c. chopped onion
  • 3/4 lb. potatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 - 1 ½ serrano chiles, minced
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ head cauliflower, florets (4 c.)
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes, blended until nearly smooth
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. frozen peas (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or coconut milk

Preparation

Toast curry powder and garam masala in small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until spices darken slightly and become fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove spices from skillet and set aside.

Heat 3 tbsp. oil in pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized and potatoes start to brown. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining tablespoon oil, garlic, ginger, chile, and tomato paste; cook 30 seconds. Add toasted spices and cook 1 minute longer. Add cauliflower cook until well coated, about 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, water, chickpeas, and 1 tsp. salt; increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to boil. Cover and simmer briskly, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in peas and cream or coconut milk; continue to cook until heated through, about 2 minutes longer.


Sweet Potato Croquettes with Black-Eyed Pea Curry

main course curry greens indian peas sweetpotato

Ingredients

Croquettes

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon oil, plus extra for panfrying
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated raw cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur (dry mango powder)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour or breadcrumbs
  • salt to taste

Black-Eyed Pea Curry

  • 1/2 cup black-eye peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoons fresh ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 1 cup chopped collard greens
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kastoori methi
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Preparation

_Curry: _Puree tomato, onion, garlic, ginger and coconut to a smooth paste and keep it ready. Heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add the ground paste, all the spice powder, salt needed and cook until oil separates. Stir frequently in between. Add the cooked black eyed beans, 1 cup of water and collard greens and cook on low heat for about an hour.

_Croquettes: _Mash sweet potato and set aside to cool. Heat ½ tbsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When cumin seeds start to sizzles and color deepens, add finely chopped onions and sauté 5 minutes. Add cauliflower and sauté 3 minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute 1½ mins. Add turmeric, coriander, cumin, and chili powder and sauté them for 30 seconds. Add garam masala and dry mango powder and set aside to cool.

Combine onion mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes. To this add the bread crumbs, chopped cilantro and salt to taste and mix them well.

Form flattened croquettes. Dust each patty generously in semolina.Place 2-3 patties on a hot griddle or skillet with extra oil. Let them cook until the side turns golden brown and crisp. Gently flip and add more oil and cook until crisp and browned, 4-5 more minutes.

Maneet Chauhan, Edible Nashville


Ceylon Curry of Oysters

main course curry indian oyster untested

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 4 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ serrano or Thai chili, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 large pinch turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt
  • 12 oysters, shucked, liquor reserved
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preparation

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots, garlic and chili, and sauté until softened and starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf and cook for 1 minute.

Reduce heat to low and add the coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add the oysters and their liquor; simmer until the oysters are just firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and add lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve over rice – the rice in the fish recipe that follows would go well – or on hoppers (see the recipe at nytimes.com/magazine).

New York Times


Kashmiri Chicken

main course chicken curry indian untested

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. chicken pieces, skin removed (pref. dark meat)
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil or ghee
  • 3 lg. onions, finely sliced
  • 10 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 10 cardamom seeds, crushed (or 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom)
  • 1 3-in cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • 1 2-in piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping tsp. chili powder
  • 1 heaping tsp. turmeric
  • 2 heaping tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c. white wine

Preparation

Heat the ghee or oil in a large skillet with a lid. Add the onions, pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon and cook until the onions are golden, about 10 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, chili powder, turmeric, paprika, and salt, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken pieces and cook until nicely browned, stirring often. In a medium bowl, mix yogurt with wine. Reduce heat to low and gradually add yogurt mixture, stirring constantly until fully incorporated. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve with rice.

Serves about 6.

Penzey’s Spices


Quinoa with Spiced Lentil Dal

main course indian lentil quinoa untested vegan vegetarian

Ingredients

For the quinoa:

  • 3/4 cup regular blond quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

For the dal:

  • 1 cup brown or split yellow lentils (toor dal), rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2 medium onion (intact), peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or 1/4 cup tamarind water (made from soaking 1 tablespoon tamarind paste in warm water for 10 minutes; optional)
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil, canola oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup finely minced red bell pepper
  • 1 plump garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Preparation

1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly and combine with the water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until the white quinoa displays a little white spiral. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and place a dish towel over the top of the pot. Return the lid and let sit for 15 minutes. The quinoa will now be fluffy. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, combine the lentils, ginger, turmeric and onion half (don’t chop it) with 1 quart water and salt to taste (about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons) and bring to a gentle boil. Stir only once to make sure there are no lentils sticking to the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat to medium – the lentils should simmer briskly – and cook uncovered until the lentils are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the lime juice or tamarind concentrate and add another 1/2 cup water. Stir together and simmer for another minute. Turn off the heat and using an immersion blender, an Indian mathani (a wooden tool used for mashing dal) or a wooden Mexican hot chocolate mixer, partially pureé the dal. It should be thick but not like a pureed soup.

3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a small saucepan or small frying pan (such as an 8-inch omelet pan). Add the cumin seeds and allow to sizzle, stirring, for 10 seconds. Add the garlic and cook until lightly colored, about 15 seconds. Add the red pepper and cook until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour over the lentils. Add the cayenne pepper and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro and stir gently. Taste and adjust seasoning.

4. Serve the quinoa with the dal spooned on top. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.

Serves 4 to 6

Martha Rose Shulman, New York Times