Simple Indian Dinner You Can Cook Even On Weekdays

Simple Indian Dinner You Can Cook Even On Weekdays

Dear Friends of Mukti’s Kitchen:

This is a photo of a simple, home-made Indian dinner to let you know that you can cook it easily in a relatively short period of time. I invite you to try it too.

Why am I saying this?

Because, my husband made this dinner two days ago, on Monday, after coming back from work. He invited a friend to join him for dinner. Both men are now living in New York in this harsh winter all by themselves, because their wives are now traveling India and having a great time.

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If he can cook it on a weekday after returning from work, you can do it too.

He said he made plain rice (draining off the starch), dal (lentils), cauliflower stir fry, some eggplant fritters dipped in besan (chickpea flower), a little tomato and cucumber salad with lime juice, and his favorite North Indian chicken curry. He made them all mild — spicy but mild — keeping in mind that his American friend does not like it too spicy or hot.

He kept a small amount of hot pickle in a small saucer, which he did not share with his American friend 🙂

I am glad he didn’t.

🙂

Have a wonderful day. I am returning to New York very soon.

Eager to see you and resume our cooking classes too.

Mukti

Mukti’s Kitchen (www.muktiskitchen.com)

Writing from Kerala, South India (literacy rate in this state is 95%)

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Mukti’s Kitchen is Traveling India :-)

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I am in India on a spicy trip. I mean, a spice trip 🙂

I’ll be traveling East and South India over the next few weeks, and meet a number of food activists, enthusiasts, friends and supporters. I’ll also be collecting spices and other exotic ingredients.

Plus, with a few friends and relatives, I’ll be sightseeing India. It is a fascinating country: so rich in culture and traditions. Food is a very important part of this diverse land.

I plan to be back in early February. I’m scheduling my hands-on cooking classes right now, for February onward.

Hope you sign up, and sign on. Send me an email at muktiskitchen@gmail.com .

I wish you all a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful 2014.

With dreams to make New York a healthy and delicious Indian food hub,

Mukti

www.muktiskitchen.com 

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Thanksgiving Day Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Curry

Thanksgiving Day Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Curry

Today’s Recipé

Spicy Cauliflower (Stir Fried) Curry

1. Cut one cauliflower in small pieces.
2. Cut one medium size potato in cubes.
3. Chop washed cilantro and cube a tomato. (You can also have fresh peas and green chili pieces ready.)
4. On a skillet, smear a dash of oil.
5. Throw half teaspoon of Five Spice mix, and warm (do not burn).
6. Stir fry cauliflower and potato pieces.
7. Add a pinch of turmeric power, grated ginger, and salt to taste.
8. Mix gently without breaking the vegetables.
9. When the cauliflower and potato are soft and brownish, add the cilantro and cubed tomato pieces.
(Add the fresh peas and green chili if you like.)
10. Turn off oven, and let it sit, covered.

ENJOY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

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Park Slope Food Coop and Healthy Indian Food

Mukti's Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters' Gazette :-)

Mukti’s Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters’ Gazette 🙂

In the current issue of Linewaiters’ Gazette, official publication of Park Slope Food Coop, they published a front page article on Mukti’s Kitchen and how we cook and teach healthy and delicious Indian food here in New York. We are obviously delighted.

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You can read the article here following this link. Feedback and comments would be much welcome.

I’m posting a few photos here and excerpts from the article below.

Happy Students and Me :-)

Happy Students and Me 🙂

“Banerjee always stresses
the healthfulness of home-
made Indian food. She
emphasizes the superiority of
Indian food prepared at home
as opposed to eating Indian
food out. She describes the
food in a restaurant as mass-
produced and made without
love. “Cooking is so therapeu-
tic, if you cook a good meal for
yourself and loved ones, it will
give you so much pleasure,
spiritually.” “
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Park Slope Food Coop is a great organization based in Brooklyn, where they sell healthy and nutritious and organic, toxin-free produce at a very reasonable price. It is incredibly popular with thousands of members taking advantage of it. It is a true cooperative and a progressive food movement, where members WORK to get the great products at great prices.

My family and I are very happy to be a part of this food and environment movement. The more we get involved with such movements worldwide, the better for us and our children.

Thank you, Park Slope Food Coop and Linewaiters’ Gazette for such an extensive coverage of Mukti’s Kitchen.

Spice Box :-)

Spice Box 🙂

Mukti’s Kitchen, Featured in Edible Brooklyn

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Photo Courtesy: Edible Brooklyn

Happy to report that Edible Brooklyn, a reputable culinary and culture magazine, published an article in its Fall issue.

Here’s the link. Please visit and share. Thanks for your comments and feedback.

http://www.ediblebrooklyn.com/department/notable-edibles/muktis-cooking-classes-bring-masala-to-the-masses/

Below is a segment from their article.

Notable Edibles:
Mukti’s Cooking Classes bring Masala to the Masses

First published in the Fall 2013 edition of Edible Brooklyn

“The secret, she tells a group gathered at her Kensington home for a class on Mughlai cooking, lies in her massive masala dabba. “Masala” means spice, “dabba” means box, and Banerjee’s is the traditional tin type you can pick up in Indian and Pakistani neighborhoods like her own. Banerjee has so many spices—from asafetida to nigella—they overflow the dabba and take over her dining room table.

You leave full of fresh flavors and new knowledge: how to gently roast spices before you cook, how frying oil tells you it’s time to add the next ingredient, that red onions have a stronger flavor Indian cooks prefer.

“I’m really lucky,” Banerjee says, “that I’m carrying my master craft from my mother and grandmother to my friends.” But walking home, smelling like a masala dabba, we know we are the lucky ones.”

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I am very lucky, indeed.

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Mukti’s Kitchen Relaunches Blog :-)

Dear Friends:

Happy to announce that we’re relaunching our blog. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to do it, and also waited with great patience.

We’ll post simple secrets of Indian cooking — how to make healthy and delicious Indian dishes, spending a minimal amount of time in the kitchen.

We’ll also post fun stories around some of the dishes: how I learned to cook them, what were some of the problems and nuances to master them, and things of that sort.

I hope you visit us periodically, and share your thoughts.

Here’s a photo a plain and simple vegetarian stir fry, using squash from our Brooklyn kitchen garden. I used all possible parts of the plant: stalk (stem), leaf, flower, and of course, fruit. I used a very small amount of olive oil, and the usual five-spice mix (paanch foron). It was simply mouth watering. My family members loved it.

Try it. I’m going to post the recipe soon. Please visit our website at http://www.muktiskitchen.com .

Happy and Healthy Cooking to You All,

Mukti

Mukti’s Kitchen

Brooklyn, New York

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