Rosemary and Lavender Baby Taters


Level:Intermediate      Servings:4    Cook Time:20 min.  Ready in:1 hr. 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound mixed baby potatoes (Red Bliss, Viking Purple, Yukon Gold or Fingerling)
1 tablespoon good quality fruity olive oil
2 drops culinary grade rosemary essential oil (or 3/4 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves)
3 drops culinary grade lavender essential oil
1 clove garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt for divided use
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash potatoes with cold water and dry on paper towels. Place on small baking sheet; set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, rosemary essential oil, and lavender essential oil; set aside.
Mince garlic well and sprinkle with a bit of the sea salt. Cream the garlic into a smooth paste by using the side of your chef’s knife and pressing the garlic against the cutting board; the salt will act as an abrasive.
Scrape up garlic and stir into the oil. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the oil over the potatoes and season with remaining salt and pepper.
Toss potatoes on baking sheet until well coated. Roast in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Remove from oven and toss with the remaining teaspoon of oil and finely chopped parsley before serving.

Another great recipe: Lentil Soup

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Mulligatawny Soup


Base Ingredients:
Masoor Dal (red lentils) or Toor Dal (split pigeon dal) MUST BE WASHED
Potatoes
Carrots
Tomatoes
Lime
Tamarind concentrate
Coconut milk
Madras Curry Powder (Priya brand is the best)

Other Ingredients:

2 red onions (diced)
3 cloves of garlic
2” ginger
2 potatoes (diced)
3 tomatoes (diced)
4 carrots (diced)

On Flame

2 tsp of canola and olive oil mix or ghee or unsalted butter
Add ginger and garlic and sauté DO NOT BROWN
Add onion (should be translucent not caramelized)
Add carrots and potatoes
Add ½ tsp turmeric over vegetables and wait 1 minute
Add red lentils and wait 1 minute
Add tomatoes
Add 1 tbsp curry
Add TONS OF PEPPER
Wait 1 minute
Add 2 cups vegetable stock (always double or triple the lentils)
Add 2 cups of water
MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE TOP OFF. Boil the mixture for about 25 minutes, and then simmer. You will know it is done when you can push your nail through the carrots.
Add I tsp salt
Blend the soup
Add 1 tblspn turmeric concentrate
Add the juice of ½ of a lime
Add ¼ cup of coconut milk
Add handful of cilantro

Samosas


Stuffing # 1
2 tbsp oil

ginger
1 small diced Serrano pepper
2 tsp Cumin
1 ¼ cup precooked peas
Pinch of Carom Seeds
½ tsp  Garam Masala
1 tbsp dry mango powder
1 tbsp Chaat Masala
1 tbsp cayenne chili powder
1 tbsp coriander1 tbsp salt

6 pre-boiled and diced potatoes
Handful of cilantro
Lemon or Lime juice 



Over medium heat add oil (for every six potatoes)
Add ginger, Serrano pepper, cumin (should be making popping noises). 

You will know it is done because the cumin slightly increases in size.
Add peas, spices (carom, garam masala, mango powder, chatt masala, chili powder, coriander, salt) and potatoes (add them last so they can soak up the flavor)
Mix and cook
Add cilantro and turn off heat/gas
Add the juice of ¼ of a lemon or lime
(It is important not to over stir because the peas get squished)

Stuffing # 2 
2 pinches of Cumin
1 clove of garlic
½ red onion chopped
1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp Garam Masala
1 lb defrosted blanched spinach (can defrost for about 4 minutes)
3 tbsp feta
1 spoon salt 
Lime juice

Use veggie oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat to medium-low
Add cumin (if the oil is too hot it will crackle and turn black)
Add garlic, red onions and cook for about a minute (they have been cooked too long if they are clear)
Add chili powder, Garam Masala, and spinach mix and sauté
Remove from the heat and allow to cool
Then add feta, salt and ½ of the juice from a lime

Dough #1 (Pepperidge Farm Sheet Dough)
Cut into a rectangle (sometimes you will have to roll it)
Cut it into smaller rectangles (don’t forget that it is ok to stretch)
Make the dough into a cone and add the stuffing
Close it up and use a fork to score the edges
Set the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes

Dough # 2 (Filo Dough)
Must keep the dough under a damp paper towel
Follow the folding instructions and use water to seal the edges
Once they are stuffed, put them under damp paper towels
Fill a pan with vegetable oil and heat on medium (the oil is hot enough when a tiny ball of dough is dropped in and makes a popping noise and immediately rises to the top)
Gently place the samosa in the oil and wait 2-3 minutes (until the edges are brown)
Take out and place on a plate covered with a paper towel

Dough # 3 (homemade)
1 cup of flour
2 tbsp cream of wheat
2 tbsp ghee
½ cup water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of carom seeds



Add flour, cream of wheat, ghee and ¼ a cup water directly into the blender
Blend while slowly adding the rest of the water
Add carom seeds
When the dough is in a ball remove from the blender
Slowly split the dough in half until you have 16 equal pieces
Roll each ball into a circle and cut in half (the edges should be thinner than the center
Fold and stuff
Follow the above instructions for cooking while remembering that home made dough takes longer to cook!

Vegatable Cutlets


Ingredients:
1) 1/2 cup green peas boiled and mashed
2) 1/4 cup grated carrot
3) 1/4 cup grated cabbage
4) 1/4 cup finely chopped green beans
5) 6-7 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed
6) 1/4 cup grated beet root ( optional)
7) 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic and 1 tsp of chopped green chilies
8) 1 tbsp Pav bhaji masala or 1/2 tbsp of Garam masala
9) 1 tsp Chaat masala
10) 2 tsp lemon/lime juice
11) Handful of chopped coriander
12) 1 Tbsp corn starch
13) Samolina or bread crumbs for coating
14) Oil for shallow frying

Recipe :
1) In pan heat 1tbsp oil and saute chopped garlic, ginger and green chilies
2) Saute all the veggies except potatoes starting with carrot and cabbage since it takes longer to cook.
3) Add all the dry masalas and let it cook for a min.
4) Add constarch 
5) Add salt and mashed potatoes.
6) Turn off the heat and then add lemon juice.
7) Once the stuffing is cooled down make cutlets in any shape you like, most popular is ‘HEART’
8) Coat each cutlet with either semolina or breadcrumbs and shallow fry till golden brown.
9) Garnish with salad leaves and onion rings and serve with Green chutney or tomato ketchup.
You can add any other veggies of your choice like grated zuccini,spinach, even arugula.

Amritsari Aloo


A curried dish of potatoes from Northen part of India

Serves 2-4
Ingredients :
1) 10 to 12 Baby potatoes
2) 8oz can of crushed tomatoes
3) 1 tsp Fennel seeds ( Saunf)
4) 1/2 tsp Onion seeds ( Kalonji)
5) 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds ( Methi seeds)
6) 1 tsp Red chilli powder
7) 1 tsp Paprika
8) 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
9) 1/2 tsp Coriander powder ( optional)
10) 1/2 cup chopped corainder
11) 8-10 Curry leaves
) 1/4 cup chopped onion
13) 4 tbsp oil
14) Salt to taste
Instructions:
1) Boil the potatoes. If using 12 potatoes, keep 8 potatoes whole and mash the remaining four.
2) In sauce pan heat oil and add saunf,methi seeds, curry leaves, kalonji. Do not burn the spices.
3) Add the onions and saute the onions till golden brown.
4) Add rest of the spices except salt and corinder leaves.
5) stir fry for a min and then add crushed tomatoes.
6) Once the gravy gets little dry add potatoes and about 2-3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil
7) Add salt and chopped coriander and let it boil for another 5 to 10 min.
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