Coconut Curry with Pan Fried Potatoes

Coconut Curry with Pan Fried Potatoes

When visiting Vancouver, I had got recommendation for an restaurant called Vij’s. I was told that the restaurant is very popular and they do not take reservations. Also, I was told to be there at 5PM in order to get in to the restaurant when it opens at 5:30. I did not take the suggestions seriously and we reached there by about 5:15 PM or so. When we got there, there were already nearly 15 or so people ahead of us in line. Since the restaurant is a little small, we could not get in. We had to wait almost 1 1/2 hour when we finally got in. By that point, we were hoping the restaurant better be really good to make our wait worthwhile. I am happy to say that the food was excellent. It was Indian food but the dishes were very different from what you are used to eating at Indian restaurants. The dishes were created by the owner and his wife and I was impressed with the way they used various Indian spices and ingredients to create dishes that were lip smackingly good! If you have ever visit Vancouver, Canada, I suggest you try the restaurant.

One of my co-workers was visiting Vancouver and I recommended the restaurant to him. When he got back, not only did he like the restaurant, but he gave me a cookbook that featured the recipes from Vij’s. It is called Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine. That was really nice of him to present me with Vij’s cookbook. His only condition was for me to cook a few dishes from the cookbook and get it to work. So this is my first attempt at trying out recipes from the cookbook. This came out quite good. I modified it slightly.
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Paneer Rice Pulav (Rice Pilaf)

Paneer Fried Rice

Between doing my full time job, occasional photography jobs for Yubit, coming up with recipes and updates to my blog, spending time with my wife and daughter, my time gets used up pretty quickly. Trying to balance all of them sometimes gets complicated. One of them has to take the hit and it usually is my cooking and blogging. The last two weeks were crazy and I did not have time to work on my blog and hence the reason for not putting up a recipe last Thursday. Last weekend, my daughter and wife had to go to an event and it took the opportunity to cook up a storm in the kitchen. I hit some cookbooks and cooking magazines and wrote down some of the things I wanted to make. I made quite a few things – paneer rice pulav, kulfi (Indian ice cream), coconut curry with potatoes and few others. The 3 recipes came out tasting excellent but the “others”, not so much. I guess I will have to try them again with different variations.
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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritter
I had a few lone farm-fresh zucchinis sitting in the fridge all by themselves from the food choice box we get every week from the farm. I had no idea of what dish to make using zucchini. I had cook’s block, if there is one. When that happens, I usually make some good ginger-cardamom chai (tea) and sit out on the balcony with my cookbooks and magazines. I browse through the various recipes and articles hoping a few recipes would trigger some ideas. As I was browsing through the Bon Appetit magazine, I hit upon multiple recipes containing Zucchini! I especially liked the Tender Zucchini Fritters with Green Goddess Dressing.

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Gluten-Free Paratha (Gluten-Free Potato Stuffed Flat Bread)

Gluten-Free Paratha

Last week, I made Paratha, that is a bread made with vegetable filling. Traditionally, paratha is made with potato filling and pan fried using oil or ghee. I tried to experiment coming up with a gluten-free version for my daughter’s sake who is gluten intolerant. I was rather pleased with the gluten-free paratha. I tasted really good. Also, I am happy to say not only did my daughter finish the paratha but requested more! She ate it with ketchup instead of yogurt or chutney. I do not know about your kids, but not only is my daughter a small eater, but she is picky too! They are the worst combinations that can frustrate parents every where! Anyway, you can make this recipe using various vegetables like spinach, radish, kale by adding it to the mashed potatoes. If you have left over veggies in the fridge, you can chop them fine, add the masala and spices indicated in the recipe below. You might want to adjust the flour. You can also freeze them before or after cooking them. It tastes really good with yogurt and chutneys. Sometimes, I eat it with Creme Fraiche and it tastes really good.

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Aloo Paratha (Potato Stuffed Flat Bread)

Paratha is a bread made with vegetable filling. Traditionally, paratha is made with potato filling and pan fried using oil or ghee. I make the paratha by not using oil or ghee while cooking. After it is done cooking on the pan, I spread a little ghee on top of it. You can make them using various stuffing like spinach, radish, kale etc. If you have left over veggies in the fridge, you can chop them fine, add the masala and spices indicated in the recipe below. I learnt this from my friend in Minneapolis, who is Punjabi. She makes some of the best parathas. You can also freeze them before or after cooking them. It tastes really good with yoghurt and chutneys. Sometimes, I eat it with Creme Fraiche and it taste really good. It is quite healthy too, especially, if you are not cooking by pan frying in oil or ghee.

Aloo Paratha

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