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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Spice Blends & Pastes; Appetizer Curries; Poultry, Game, and Egg Curries

Maybe toor dal could substitute. It's fragrant like split peas and is often in the sambhar dishes.

Oct 24, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Spice Blends & Pastes; Appetizer Curries; Poultry, Game, and Egg Curries

Making this today as well. I've made it before and today I decided to grind the cardamom seeds. I'm not fond of the intense zing of biting into a seed. As far as the leaves go, it looks like the whole plant is used in the frozen methi, no big stalks, but lots of small ones.

Oct 21, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

I've broiled paneer cubes with good success. Spray a cookie sheet with oil, and put the cubes on it, spray the cubes with oil and broil. Flip them around a couple times to brown all sides.

Oct 18, 2012
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October 2102 COTM: 660 Curries -- Legume Curries, Vegetable Curries

Shredded Cabbage and Carrots with Chilies (Sambhara) p467

This is an easy one and a colorful, tasty side dish. My small cabbage was about a 4 or 5 inch diameter and I thinly sliced it with a chopping knife. Its a big pile of cabbage but it cooks down to at least 1/2 the original volume. I shredded the carrots on a box shredder. Short on green chilies, I augmented the heat with a half teaspoon of extra-hot cayenne powder.

Oct 15, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

Thanks for the hints on other names. I have kokum and it's definitely not smoked, but it does have an interesting flavor.

Oct 14, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

Goan-Style Spicy Pork Sausage with Kidney Beans and Black-eyed Peas (Feijoada) p. 232

This is my favorite chili-like dish since discovering it in 660 Curries a couple years ago. Chili on steroids if you will. The blended vinegar-chili mix is incredibly aromatic. The onions stewed in this sauce keep their shape and have a wonderful tangy bite in the final curry. Almost any sausage will work well, but the spicier the better. Tonight I used hot Italian sausage links. I had a can of kidney beans on hand which I combined with fresh-cooked black eyed peas (1/2 cup dry, soaked for 3 hours, pressure cooked for 15 minutes with a pinch of salt). The chilies I used were cayenne and byadgi, the byadgi are very flavorful and milder than cayenne. Rinse the blender jar with the 1/2 cup water used later in the recipe so none of the pungent mix is wasted. Served over Turmeric Trail Cumin Scented Rice, this is a wonderful fall dish.

Oct 13, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

I haven't tried this one but in another using kudampuli (lamb p212) I subbed chipotle (smoked jalepeno) for some of the chilies to get the smokey flavor. I remember it was pretty good.

Oct 13, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Spice Blends & Pastes; Appetizer Curries; Poultry, Game, and Egg Curries

Hi b'noodle, I've kept the sambhar masala for months in the fridge and it still tastes and smells great. I'm sure the fresher the better, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Oct 12, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Spice Blends & Pastes; Appetizer Curries; Poultry, Game, and Egg Curries

I've thought of myself as a muggle when I go to the Indian market (Harry Potter reference), because I think the Indian natives must be wizards to understand how to use so many ingredients.

Oct 11, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Spice Blends & Pastes; Appetizer Curries; Poultry, Game, and Egg Curries

Is there something about the blend of spices that collects in the bottom of the masala dabba? Would you call it "dabba masala". Just wondering...

Oct 09, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

I never knew about the cinnamon leaf, I discovered by accident I had two bags of "bay leaves" that were obviously different species :)

Wikipedia clears it up a bit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_leaf

Oct 09, 2012
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October 2012 COTM: 660 Curries -- Beef, Lamb, and Pork Curries; Fish and Seafood Curries; Paneer Curries

Tonight we made Hearty Lamb with yellow split peas "Chana dal gosht" located on page 197. This one has a sumptuous array of spicy flavors and fills the kitchen with aroma, maybe even inducing a "curry cough" as my wife put it. I wish I could bottle that aroma. With such a long list of ingredients, how could we have run out of the easiest to find, cilantro?

A tip - you'll find two types of bay leaves (pictured here) at the market. The one with one vein is the traditional bay leaf we see in America , and the one with three veins is the leaf of the cinnamon tree - to me that is the one you want for many of these dishes.

Oct 09, 2012
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Cookbook of the Month for October 2012 : 660 Curries

Another of my favorite recipes in 660 Curries is Goan-Style Spicy Pork Sausage (feijoada) on p232. I've always liked chili, and this recipe is reminiscent of chili. This is an easy recipe also. You can substitute one can each of kidney and black eyed peas for the uncooked beans to save time.

Sep 30, 2012
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Cookbook of the Month for October 2012 : 660 Curries

You can get a curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii) online from logee's http://www.logees.com/Curry-Leaf-Murr...

After a year my plant is still too small to harvest any leaves, but then I do live in Minnesota.

Sep 25, 2012
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Cookbook of the Month for October 2012 : 660 Curries

Dairy Queen- I like Pooja up in Columbia Heights, but also Patel on 18th & Central. Namaste at Texas & Minnetonka Blvd is smaller but also has good selection. Then there is also TBS Mart in Bloomington if you are in the south.

Sep 23, 2012
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Cookbook of the Month for October 2012 : 660 Curries

A couple of my favorites: p242 Simmered Catfish. This is very easy to make (and I make it often), the key is unripe mango ("rock hard"!), and curry leaves. Curry leaves are awesome.

A second favorite is the legume dish is Shundal on p328. Here you make a custom masala combined in a wonderful tamarind sauce.

Once you've made a couple masalas - you're hooked!

Sep 21, 2012
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Cookbook of the Month for October 2012 : 660 Curries

I'm a newbie here joining because of 660 Curries. I love this book and have been cooking from it for several years (but still short of 200 recipes tried). I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Sep 21, 2012
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