November 26, 2014

Afghani Sheer Payra (Afghani Milk Fudge)

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 4/ Day 3
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon
Dishes: Afghani Sheer Payra

I'm going to end this month's blogging marathon on a sweet note. I have made this delicious milk fudge from Afghanistan 3 times in the past 1 month. It is that simple to make and quite a crowd pleaser. My husband really liked the fudge because it has a really nice flavor from ground cardamom and rose water.
Afghani Sheer Payra (Afghani Milk Fudge)
The only thing that takes time in making this fudge is melting sugar and boiling the syrup and letting the fudge cool -- other than that the whole process is very simple and quick to make. The most important and critical part of successfully making this fudge is the consistency of the sugar syrup. it should not be too thin (fudge won't set) or too thick (fudge would be very very hard). 

November 25, 2014

Lebanese Moussaka (Vegetarian Recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon
Dishes: Lebanese Moussaka
For Day 2 of blogging marathon, I picked my favorite ingredient and made this delicious Lebanese eggplant dish that I bookmarked long time ago. I made another hearty & comforting Lebanese dish for the mega marathon and mentioned about how I wanted to try this Lebanese Moussaka dish from a local Middle Eastern restaurant.
Lebanese Moussaka (Vegetarian Recipe)
It so happened that we went to that restaurant a few weeks later and my husband ordered their Lebanese Moussaka and he really liked it. That is a really big compliment coming from an ex-eggplant-hater. It sure was very very tasty and I decided it was time to try the dish at home.

November 24, 2014

Sri Lankan Curry Powder Recipe

This is a very flavorful curry powder from Sri Lanka. It has all the typical ingredients in garam masala and curry powders: cinnamon, cloves, fennel, mustard seeds, cumin seeds etc. I thought rice was an unusual addition to the curry powder, but all in all this is a multi purpose masala that can be used in make curries or spice up rice.
Sri Lankan Curry Powder Recipe 

Sri Lankan Coconut Rice

This Sri Lankan coconut rice is a tasty accompaniment not only to the Sri Lankan vegetable curry but also to any spicy curry. Fresh grated coconut is added to cooked rice along with fried peanuts and a flavorful tempering.
Sri Lankan Coconut Rice
I loved the addition of soaked dals to the tempering, I think it made the dals nice and crunchy when sauteed. I used coconut oil to enhance the coconut flavor, but ghee or regular cooking oil can also be used.

Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon
Dishes: Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry with Coconut Rice
This is the last week of this month's Blogging Marathon and my theme for this week is 'Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon'. It is quite a big challenge to narrow down just 3 dishes from the mega marathon -- I had a ton of them bookmarked during the research and then a ton more from my fellow marathoners.
Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry
Some of the mega marathoners did elaborate meals for each country and initially I was tempted to do a complete meal for this week. But reality set in and I realized it would be impossible for me to cook all those dishes, so I decided on simple dishes for this week.

November 23, 2014

Green Bean & Corn Casserole (Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu Ideas)

We are only a few days away from Thanksgiving and this will be my last dish for this year's Thanksgiving recipes. This dish is a variation to the traditional Green bean casserole that is usually made using cream of mushroom soup and has a crispy fried onion topping. In this modified version, mushrooms and onions are cooked down and then a bechamel like sauce is made right in the pan -- then topped with crispy breadcrumb topping and baked off until hot and bubbly.
I loved the addition of corn and the crispy breadcrumb topping the most in this recipe. It is creamy and cheesy but not overly so. Give it a try if you are looking for a different green bean casserole recipe.

November 22, 2014

Fruit & Toasted Almond Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Stuffing is a quintessential Thanksgiving side dish. I never understood the concept for stuffing, to me stuffing has to be inside something to be called that, but this stuffing is usually served on the side.
There are regional differences in the way stuffing is made. Southerners make their stuffing, called dressing in the South, from cornbread, while those in the other parts of the country make it from white, wheat or rye bread as base. Apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/ or other vegetables, sausage are added to stuffing.
Fruit & Toasted Almond Stuffing for Thanksgiving
Generally there is meat added to the stuffing and even if it is meat free, the bread is usually moistened with chicken/ turkey broth. So I've eaten stuffing very few times and never thought of making at home either. But my Thanksgiving recipe series made me look for traditional recipes and try and make them vegetarian.

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