Carrot Badam Pista Kulfi

Carrot Badam Pista Kulfi

Being fond of ice-creams is something almost every girl nods her head to. So has been my case for as long as I can remember.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Kalonji Paratha

Super soft Roasted Butternut squash Paratha speckled with Nigella seeds

Butternut squash paratha

Recently when I was reading this, I realized just how well we, my daughter and I, fit into the foodie mom-picky eater child paradox that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I often resort to sneaking vegetables and fruits, vegetables mostly, so that my almost-five-year-old gets her nutrition while fussing less about new food she’s not comfortable eating or even touching.

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Rosemary and Garlic roasted Purple Potatoes

 

Right from the time I first saw them on Discovery or some such channel  I was quite fascinated with them. Years later, very recently I was thrilled when I got to buy them at whole foods. That was the first time ever that I held a purple potato in my life. You must be surprised at the way I talk about this rare (at least to me) vegetable as if it is worth its weight in gold.

So incredible is the feeling of discovering/exploring a new food ingredient!

Ever since I started blogging, everyday is a discovery of something new to me, blogging has left the doors of learning wide open. Now I always have my eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary when I stroll around the food market.

Nature displays her sense of color in fascinating ways. There is something magical about food in unusual colors, a pure delight.

Contrary to popular skepticism, purple potatoes even as they appear outlandish, are not genetically modified. Thank God!
Purple potatoes it seems were among the first to be cultivated in the Peruvian Andes by the Incas, reserved as a special treat for the kings.
Potatoes are off-late the most frowned upon food for their high starch content and for being just what they are, ‘carbs’. Purple potato with its vivid deep navy blue mixed purple color is both bold and beautiful, bold in hue and beautiful in looks and just like blueberries, it is supposedly rich in antioxidants.
Now that I have revealed the good news, aren’t there more reasons to pick up this purple tater than its whiter namesake?

I know exactly what’s on your mind now. What about its texture and taste? I am coming to it right away.
Some say they taste just like potatoes. I felt they taste quite purple, in a nice way, really. I don’t know if it was just me or the potatoes themselves.
The texture is creamy with a velvety feel to the bite, a tad bit sweet with a skin thinner. Some even say it is subtly nutty with a grassy note, may be it just depends on the produce or the season.
They are smaller, cook fast and turn almost an elephant grey on cooking.

I guess you can cook them in all the same ways as you would the regular spud but I wanted a recipe as flamboyant as their looks.
My least favorite way to eat them is all mushy in mashed potatoes. I feel slices and chunks flatter them better and thus roasting came as the natural choice.
Next time around, I’d love to explore them in a mixed bag along with their gold and rose counterparts as the contrasting colors sound rather interesting.

They are a bit pricey compared to the regular ones, but hey! I feel they are worth the premium. They are more nutritious and I love to eat them.


Rosemary being intensely aromatic perfectly accentuates this purple tuber united with the characteristic pungency of garlic.
Intensely flavorful and deeply satisfying, these healthy roasted purple potatoes are the perfect recipe to replace french fries. Neither the calories nor the guilt!
Purple potatoes are not something you see often served in a restaurant or in someone’s house. Hope you got a new recipe to share some good-eat moments with friends and family.
Do have your eyes out when you hit the farmer’s market this spring/summer.
May be I should grow them in my balcony garden…

 My next exploration would be purple potatoes with lavendar and fleur de sel in place of sea salt for a whimsical taste with perfect saltiness, another time. A pinch of food for thought, eh?
 Have you ever had a rendezvous with purple potatoes? How would you describe its taste?

Rosemary and Garlic roasted Purple Potatoes Recipe

recipe adapted from epicurious.com
Printable Recipe
Things you’ll need:
  • 1 lb purple potatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves (about 1 sprig), minced
  • 2 garlic cloves or per taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
Others
  • baking tray
  • aluminium foil to line the tray
How it’s done:
Preheat oven to 400°F
Line baking tray with aluminium foil and either brush or spray some olive oil.
Wash, dry and quarter the potatoes into wedges. To easily release rosemary leaves, hold the end of the sprig in one hand and pull the leaves backwards in a swift motion. Hold them all together to chop.
To easily mince garlic, let’s use the “smash the garlic clove with the knife” trick. Place the chef’s knife sideways on the garlic clove with one hand and smash it against the cutting board with the other palm as the hammer. Then peel and run your knife back and forth like a saw to chop/mince it.
In a large mixing bowl, quickly combine all the ingredients, salt being the last (to avoid sogginess) making sure that all the potato wedges are well coated with olive oil, herb and spices.
Arrange the wedges facing up on the baking tray and bake for 20 mins or until edges are brown and crisp and fork tender.
Do not over bake or leave the potatoes in the oven longer than the baking time or they’ll shrink.

Note

Dried rosemary should be fine too, though fresh works best. If it is your first time with this highly aromatic herb, here’s a handy video on how to chop Rosemary.
Thyme can also be used along with or instead of rosemary.
Fingerlings and gourmet potatoes work equally well with this recipe and result in crisp on the outside and buttery on the inside wedges.
White and red skinned potatoes work fine as well but not the russet potatoes.

Rosemary and Garlic roasted Purple Potatoes is my favorite post in April and hence sending it off to Your Best Recipe Roundup for April held by Nancy of Spicie Foodie

Also sending it as my entry to Hearth and Soul Hop volume 46 at the hub

Hearth and Soul Hop at the Hearth and Soul Hop Hub

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Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Fall appears to have dwindled much before I could brace the splashing  golden-yellow to dark maroon hues of withering leaves and an unwelcome winter has already set foot in. As if it was not grim enough, the last few days have been no better than dull and depressing thanks to the dark amalgam of gloomy overcast clouds, icy cold winds and the diminishing daylight.
Yet, I can smell the festivities in the air. Thanksgiving is only a week away and just about every TV show is grooving to the tunes of cooking thanksgiving dinner with nothing short of a twist. Notwithstanding a compelling melancholy outside the door, I set out to warm up this particularly listless end of autumn day in the spirit of  Thanksgiving.
And what added fuel to my cooking fire is this Butternut squash soup recipe from Parents magazine Nov 2010 edition that came as part of their food solutions for simple suppers.
As I had all the time and was in the mood for experimentation, I conjured up the ingredients while I puttered in the kitchen. I didn’t have Butternut squash, so I decided to make-do with what I had at hand, an Acorn Squash instead. Besides, we seldom think of Acorn squash from the soup angle, so imagining that an Indian spin wouldn’t hurt the recipe, I replaced butter with Ghee, cilantro with dried mint leaves and introduced turmeric in the hopes of capturing the beautiful fall color in a bowl. Granny smith apple adds some tart to the otherwise faintly sweet Acorn squash and white or Vidalia onion interweaves itself with the delicate squash and apple flavors sans the pungency. What you get is a mildly aromatic scrumptious bowl of soup fit to brighten up a dreary day.
And I used it to count for the veggie servings in my toddler’s diet as well today.
Things you’ll need:
  • 1/2 Acorn Squash peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Granny smith apple peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 white or vidalia onion chopped
  • 2-3 tsp Ghee
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 2-3 tsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp chopped spring onion
  • salt

How it’s done:


  • Heat ghee in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat. When the ghee is just hot enough, add the chopped onions, dried mint, garlic powder and turmeric in that order and sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Add in the diced acorn squash and granny smith apple and sauté for a bit. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and cook until the veggies turn soft.
  • Add just enough water to cover the veggies, about a cup or so and cover and cook until tender. Allow to cool once cooked.
  • In a blender puree until smooth and return to the pot. Warm it up and adjust with more salt and black pepper if required.
  • Serve warm dressed with heavy cream either whipped or as is and garnished with chopped spring onion greens.

Tips:
  • Just in case you need more twist to the sweetness, squeeze in some lemon juice, but before adding cream.
  • If you don’t have or don’t like Ghee, substitute with Olive oil
  • Do not burn the ghee or it will be fit only for the bin

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