SEASONED POTATOES WITH PEAS AND RAISINS
This dish is flavored with turmeric, the spice that gives curry it's yellow color.
1.Boil 4 medium sized potatoes until warm but not mushy (14-17 minutes)
cool, peel and dice
2.Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat,
add mustard seed and cumin seeds. When seeds sizzle and splutter add 2 to 3 diced MILD chiles OR 1 to 2 medium or hot diced chiles. Remember: chile seeds=heat. Scraping seeds from chile skin will cool down dish, Decide what tastes good to you. Wear gloves and /or wash hands when touching hot chiles. Turn down heat to medium. Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric. Cook 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add potatoes, 2 to 4 tablespoons raisins, 2 cups peas, and 2 to 4 tablespoons chopped cashews. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt if you use unsalted nuts.
4. Just before serving sprinkle with 1 teaspoon lime juice and garnish with cilantro.
Mix 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup original or low fat sour cream, 1/4 tablespoon honey OR 1/2 tablespoon applesauce. This is a tasty dressing for a lettuce and/or cucumber salad.
Indian Style Lentil Soup
Heat 1and 1/2 tablespoon oil in a soup kettle on medium high heat
Add 1 inch piece of ginger root and 3 cloves of garlic
Stir in vegetables of your choice. I like chopped carrots, potatoes, and a small amount of cabbage or spinach.
Add 1/2 cup lentils and 2 inch cinnamon sticks, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour. Gradually add 4 cups of water.
Creamy Corn and Bean Soup
The original recipe called for mung beans. I was in a hurry, and I couldn't find mung beans at the store. I substituted garbanzo beans, and receiveved no complaints from my guests.
1.Simmer 1/2 cup canned garbanzo OR mung beans, 1 cup corn and 2 cups water together for fifteen minutes. Remember, if you use dried beans rinse, sort and soak following package instructions. Dried beans will also take quite a bit longer to cook.
2.Add more cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice.
3. Serve in individual bowls and add a large dollop of original or low fat sour cream and garnish with watercress.