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Israeli Moghrabieh

Israeli Recipe - cooking with Moghrabieh

Israeli Moghrabieh I absolutely love grains and pulses anytime of the year in particular during the cooler months. Israeli Moghrabieh or giant couscous as you may know it, is a much loved traditional dish of Middle- East exhibiting in many cuisines such as Israeli, Lebanese and Palestinian. Moghrabieh in Arabic translates to a dish from Maghreb. Making couscous is like an art... thinking of different ways of making this blank canvas (or should I say bland canvas) into a master piece. Adding a bit of sour yellow from Preserved Lemons with a hint of red from the tangy crushed Sumac berry. Then mixing it through with the green and vibrant colour of dried dill and fresh mint. That's why I'd like to think of Moghrabieh or couscous in general as a feasting dish to be shared in huge platters with family and friends. Not only it's easy to cook-up but more importantly is visually appetizing. This dish served along side my favorite lamb tagine (recipe here) is a crowd winner at all my gatherings and parties. Enjoy creating, sharing and indulging! Ingredients 2 cups of Moghrabieh ADD TO CART 4 cups of water 2 tablespoon of Persian ghee ADD TO CART 2 tablespoon of rose water ADD TO CART 2 tbsp of finely diced preserved lemons ADD TO CART 1 tablespoon of dried dill ADD TO CART 1 tablespoon of Persian Sumac ADD TO CART 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint 1 tbsp of salt 1 clove of garlic - bruised Pinch of salt and pepper 1 tablespoon of olive oil Method In a heavy based pot on high heat, add moghrabieh, water, salt and garlic. Bring to boil for 10-15 minutes. Then simmer for further 15 minutes until moghrabieh is cooked. Drain excess liquid and discard the garlic. In a serving platter, combine all other ingredients. Add cooked moghrabieh and toss through well. Serve with lamb tagine or your favourite middle Eastern stew. *** Cooking Tip *** the heat from moghrabieh will melt the persian ghee, so make sure to stir through thoroughly. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)


Kashmiri Kofta Curry

Indian Curry Recipe

Kashmiri Kofta Curry This recipe of Kashmiri Kofta Curry is a traditional Tamil Brahmin cooking recipe. The Brahmin cuisine originates from the Kerala in Southern India. Traditionally, onion and garlic are not included in Brahmin cooking and beef is not used. So this Kashmiri Kofta Curry recipe is made in the true Kashmiri style using lamb. I love curries. I love spices in my cooking. And I am passionate about sharing the different ways of using spices in home-cooking. My obsession with spices started 20 years ago at a very young age before settling in Perth, Australia. Whether you would call it fortunate or unfortunate - my immediate family and I lived in refuge camps in Rawalpindi Pakistan for a few years. It was there that I first tasted the HOTTEST potato and green pea curry EVER. When I say the Hottest... I really mean it. I will never forget that burning sensation, the flavour overload and the pleasant yet lingering cardamom and ginger taste.... This dish certainly ignited my curiosity in learning about spices and curries the traditional way. In some ways this dish reminds of those humble flavors, with subtle heat, served with warm indian bread or rice. Happy cooking and Enjoy! This dish is served in our traditional Indian copper serving bowl with crafted handles.   Ingredients 250g lean lamb mince 3/4 tsp of freshly ground ginger 2 Fresh red chilli - chopped finely (remove seeds for less heat) 1 tsp of  coriander seeds ground ADD TO CART 1/2 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder ADD TO CART 2 tsp of garam masala ADD TO CART 2 tsp of cooking salt - adjust to your liking 1 tsp of cumin seeds ADD TO CART 125g plain yoghurt 3 tablespoon of Persian ghee at room temperature  ADD TO CART 125 ml of hot water 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper  ADD TO CART 1 tsp of sugar 1/4 tsp ground cardamom ADD TO CART 6 green cardamom pods ADD TO CART 1 whole red chilli ADD TO CART Seasoning Method In a bowl add lamb, ginger, chilli, coriander, cumin seeds, chilli powder, 1 tsp of garam masala, 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of yoghurt. Mix well and knead for 2 minutes. Then form the kofta into small oval shape. Place the kofta on a tray, cover with wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Heat ghee in a heavy based saucepan on low to medium heat. Add remaining garam masala and salt, sugar, cardamom pods and whole chilli. stir for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Then Add the remaining yoghurt. stir to mix well. Add hot water. Bring to boil for 5 minutes. Then add the koftas. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until 1/4 of liquid is evaporated. Then turn the kofta over, add black pepper and more liquid if need be. Continue cooking for another 30 minutes until at least 1/2 of liquid has been absorbed. Sprinkle over with cardamom powder and garnish with fresh mint and extra chilli. Serve with warm indian bread or Cumin Rice. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)


Rendang Curry

Malaysian Curry Recipe

Rendang Curry Rendang curry a classic Malaysian curry. I am a BIG fan of Malaysian cuisine even though some recipes require a lot of preparation. Not to mention the strong odour of shrimp paste or Balachan.... Still worth all the efforts and smelliness. I first tried Rendang Curry at university canteen some years ago. I was absolutely hooked and it was dirt cheap for university students. No doubt there are many versions of this recipes. But this is Anna's one! Using my own perfected Rempah Spice Mix and the right variation of chillies to give it the heat and chilli flavour I was after. I hope you enjoy making this dish as much I do. Love to hear your thoughts... feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy! Watch the video Here https://youtu.be/X0WDXdgPYrQ Ingredients Stage 1 – Rempah Paste 30g of the Spice Library Rempah Spice Mix ADD TO CART 5 shallots roughly chopped 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped 50g ginger roughly chopped 50g galangal roughly chopped 4 lemon grass – white parts only roughly chopped 120g organic coconut chips – roasted ADD TO CART 10 hot red chillies + 3 Gaujillo Chillies - deseeded and snipped into small pieces. (soak the chillies in ¼ cup of hot boiling ADD TO CARTADD TO CART Stage 2 – Meat and Remaining ingredients   1.5kg of the chuck steak cut into 3-4 cm pieces 1 Cassia quill ADD TO CART 3 black cardamom ADD TO CART 500ml coconut milk Tamarind Paste *** 50g dark brown sugar 1 ½ tsp of salt 160ml of peanut oil Seasoning and extra sugar *** to make tamarind paste – dissolve 50g of tamarind solid in ¼ cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Then message the pulp with your hands until completely disintegrated. Press the mixture through a sieve and discarding the pulp.   Method To prepare the rempah paste, add all the ingredients from stage 1 in a blender and blitz into a fine paste. Heat oil in a heavy based non-stick pot (23cm-25cm diameter) over medium heat until starting to smoke. Add the paste. Stir continuously to mix well. After 10 minutes, turn heat and let the paste to caramelize. Stirring continuously allows for the flavors to evolve and bind together. Add salt and stir again. Continue frying until oil begins to separate from the paste. Remove from heat and set aside. (total of 30-45 minutes) In a larger heavy based pot over medium heat, add stage 2 ingredients. Mix well. Cover the pot and bring to boil for 5 minutes. Then add the rempah paste to the pot, mix through until well combined. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours until the meat falls apart and the gravy has thickened. Adjust seasoning and sugar to your liking. Remember you are after sweet, sour and chilli flavour. Serve with fragrant tropical rice. See the recipe for this dish. Note: if you like a much runnier curry, just reduce the cooking time. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)  


Pomegranate Tabbouleh

Pomegranate Tabbouleh

Pomegranate Tabbouleh Pomegranate Tabbouleh is an essential side dish of Middle Eastern Cuisines. Mainly originating from Palestine, Lebanon & Syria. In this recipe I will show you how to use different layers of fresh garden herbs nd spice mixes to create a satisfying and suitable for any occasion side dish. Ingredients 1/2 cup of course cracked Bulgar soaked in warm water 1 tablespoon of Baharat spice mix ADD TO CART 1 heaped tablespoon of freshly ground all spice  ADD TO CART 1 tsp of freshly ground cumin ADD TO CART 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper  ADD TO CART 80ml of good quality olive oil (peppery and fruity flavour) 1 clove of garlic crushed (optional) salt and pepper 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 large bunch of parsley - discard the rough stalks -- roughly chopped 1 bunch of fresh mint - pick the leaves - roughly chopped 3-4 stem of fresh dill  - roughly chopped 2-3 stem of fresh coriander - roughly chopped 3 ripe Roma Tomato - deseeded and roughly chopped 1 large Lebanese cucumber - roughly chopped 1 red onion - finely sliced 1 pomegranate - deseeded Method Prepare the ingredients above. Fluff the Bulgar with some of the olive oil once the water is completely absorbed. Mix the dry spices, salt, lemon juice and olive oil in a separate bowl. Add the freshly chopped herbs, Bulgar, cucumber, onion, tomato & pomegranate seeds to a large serving bowl. Drizzle the olive oil mixture and gently toss the ingredients to combine well. Handy Tips Don't bruise the leaves during chopping and mixing. Mix well the olive oil with lemon juice and spices Delicious served with warm Turkish or flat bread. Serve on top of kebab or grilled meat. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)  


Goan Pork Curry

Indian Curry Recipe

Goan Pork Curry I absolutely love hearty comfort food in winter. A good curry makes everything okay and today calls for a comforting Goan pork curry. A lot has been happening.... we have sent off our first order to a Netherland gourmet store...... My team and I have been busy shipping off our online orders across Australia including regional Australia and New Zealand.... And on a personal note; It’s been two long months of house renovation with no where near finishing. The rain definitely doesn’t help leading to more delays. Frankly it has been much joy cooking out of boxes....but I keep telling myself it will be all worth it at the end. Back to important recipe sharing : This curry recipe is an accidental invention or should I say Experimentation.... And this surprisingly delicious curry is definitely worth sharing with you. Enjoy creating, sharing and indulging!   Ingredients 2 teaspoon of cumin seeds ADD TO CART 2 teaspoon of black mustard seeds ADD TO CART 1 generous teaspoon of cardamom powder ADD TO CART 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder ADD TO CART 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder ADD TO CART 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorn ADD TO CART 6 cloves whole ADD TO CART 5 dried whole chillies ADD TO CART 1/3 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar 6-8 clove of garlic - finely chopped 1 large onion - chopped 1 tablespoon of finely grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon of salt - add more if required 40g of Persian ghee ADD TO CART 40ml of rice bran oil 700g of free range pork- cut into 3cm cubes Method Dry fry the spices and red chilli in a fry pan for 2 minutes until well fragrant. Grind the spices using pestle and mortar or spice grinder to a fine powder. Then mix this powder with vinegar, brown sugar and salt to form a paste. Heat half oil & in a saucepan, add onion and fry until golden. Add garlic and ginger and fry for further 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a food processor with 2 tablespoon of water (add more if required) to form a smooth paste. Heat the remaining ghee and oil. Add pork cubes and cook until well browned. Add the onion paste to the meat along with the vinegar and spice paste. Saute for 2 minutes while stirring. Add 1 cup of hot boiling water to the meat mixture. Bring to a rapid boil and then simmer to cook for 1-2 hours. Serve with Persian Cumin rice and natural yoghurt. *** Cooking Tip *** you can cook this dish in slow cooker on very low heat for 4-5 hours. May need to add more liquid as required. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)


Persian Sweet Rice (Persian Pilaf)

Persian Jeweled Pilaf

Persian Sweet Rice. Persian sweet recipe comes with some very sweet childhood memories for me. A day like today - cool and rainy autumn day reminds of the times my mother was preparing this dish in her Persian kitchen. Persian Sweet rice celebrates the seasonal vegetables; Carrot & Cabbage, along with other Persian delicacies such as Saffron, Green Raisin, Orange Peel and Pistachios. Ingredients - 500g white cabbage (shredded) - 500g carrots (grated) - 150g natural sultanas - 1tsp turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder - 1/4 tsp allspice powder - 1tsp black pepper - freshly ground - 2 flat tbsp of Advieh - 2 cassia stick - pinch of saffron (brewed) - 12 slivered orange peels (soaked in 3tbsp warm water and 1tbsp sugar) - 1 tbsp garlic & ginger - crushed - 350g Rice -250g Lamb/beef mince - 50g Slivered Almonds - 50g Persian Slivered Pistachios - 100g Persian green raisin - 60g butter   Method 1. In a pot rinse & drain rice until the water runs clear. Then soak in 4 cups of warm water with 1 tbsp of cooking salt. 2. Brew Saffron and make Candied orange peel. (See instruction on each product page) 3. Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Fry the onion until slightly golden. For golden onion, see the notes on Tafting method. Add garlic and ginger and saute until soft and coloured. 4. Now add lamb mince and once browned add all the ground spices, Advieh and cassia. Saute until fragrant. Then add the shredded cabbage & grated carrots. Combine all the ingredients well with 2 tbsp of warm water. Cover the saucepan to wilt the vegetables. Stir every a few minutes. Once  the vegetables are soft and reduced in volume - remove the lid and saute for further 10 minutes. 5. Add the natural sultana to the above mixture. Then remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside. 6. Meanwhile, boil the rice briskly for 10-15mins stirring occasionally. Bite a few grains; if the rice feels slightly soft, it is ready to be drained into a colander. Then rinse with cool water. Return  half of the rice to the pot along with half of the brewed saffron (as well as its residues) and half of the candied orange peel. Mix Well. Then add the meat & vegetable mixture in small batches to the rice and combine well. Repeat this step with the remaining rice. Cover the pot and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then cook on low heat for 1 hour. 7. When the rice is ready - heat the butter in a saucepan. Add slivered almonds and saute for 2-3 minutes followed by the slivered pistachio and green raisin. Set this mixture aside. 8. Serve the rice on a serving platter and then decorate the nut & fruit mixture on top of the rice. Serve with fresh herbs and natural yoghurt.  


Persian Ghee & Sour cream Pastry

Persian Ghee & Sour cream Pastry. Pastry Ingredients  - 200g chilled Persian Ghee - 250g plain flour - 130g sour cream - pinch of salt   Pastry Method  1. In a food processor pulse the flour and Persian Ghee until it looks like course breadcrumb. 2. Add sour cream and continue to pulse until a dough starts forming into a ball. 3. On a flour dusted bench top/board, shape the pastry into a rectangle and wrap with plastic film and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. 4. Roll the pastry out to 3 mm thick and cut into circle. Place into the pie mould and then rest in fridge for further 20 minutes.  


Persian Pilaf

Persian Pilaf infused with Persian Saffron & Cardamom

Cooking Persian rice is an Art. Rice is an integral part of the Persian cuisine, in fact being the national dish.  There are many variations of how to cook the rice; Parboiled, Chelow, Polow (Pilaf) and biryani style.  In this recipe, I will share with you the secret of mastering the art of cooking Persian pilaf in the time-honored tradition.  This pilaf recipe celebrates the subtle flavours of spices and saffron and is served with your desired stew or curry. So remember mastering this art requires patience, care and practice.   Ingredients - 1.5 cup Long Grain Sella Basmati rice +1.5 cup water - 2-3 tbsp Persian Ghee - 3 Green Cardamom (bruised) - 2 Black cardamom pods - 1 ceylon cinnamon stick - Good Pinch of Persian Sargol Saffron - Good Pinch of Persian Dried Mint   Method 1. Combine all of the above in a heavy non-stick pot and cover. 2. Bring to rapid boil on high heat for 10mins. stir occasionally. 3. Turn heat to Medium until 90% of water is absorbed. then cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the rice is well cooked and fluffy. This simple pilaf recipe can be enjoyed with many seasonal vegetables and produce. Don't forget to serve it with generous dollop of natural yoghurt.


Pork Belly Pintox

Pork Belly Recipe - Basque Specialty

Pork Belly Pintox Pork Belly Pintox is a dish inspired by tantalizing Spanish tapas. This recipe is a fusion of Spanish and Asian flavours. The pork belly is marinated overnight in the classic basque specialty spice mix and then glazed with sweet and sour fruity paste. Serve this dish with steamed greens vegetables like broccoli and carrot. Ingredients 500g of free range pork belly 25g of Pintox spice mix ADD TO CART 2 granny smith apple - cored and diced 1 quince - cored and diced 1 clove of garlic- finely chopped 100ml of sherry vinegar 75g coconut blossom sugar ADD TO CART salt and pepper lemon juice - to balance the sweet and vinegar flavor Freshly chopped coriander for garnish   Method Rub the pintox spice mix onto the meat side of the pork belly Marinade overnight in the fridge (note; don't cover the pork belly as this will help with drying out the skin and achieving crispy finish) Preheat the oven to 200C and roast pork belly for 30 minute at this temperature. Then reduce oven to 165C and roast for further 1 hour until the skin is crispy and pork is cooked In the meanwhile, prepare the glazing sauce by adding all other ingredients (apple, quince, garlic, vinegar & sugar) to a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and then cover and cook for further 10-15 minutes until the fruits are soft and flavors have come together. Blitz the fruit mixture until a homogeneous paste is achieved. Adjust seasoning and add lemon juice as required. Serve the pork belly on a bed of green and carrot vegetables. Then glaze the sauce all over the pork belly. Garnish with coriander. Serve and Enjoy. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)  


Chicken Mole

Mexican Mole Chicken recipe

Chicken Mole Recipe Chicken mole is a delicious Mexican recipe using the most exotic and flavorsome combination of Mexican chilies in conjunction with dark chocolate and spices. Mole chicken is a festive dish of Mexico served at any special occasions, be it birthday, weeding or family get-together. It is fair to say that I am obsessed with Mexican cooking. Believe me, I am no expert at it, but just love experimenting. Last weekend, after visiting a modern contemporary Mexican bistro and sampling so many tasty finger-food style dishes accompanied with just one too many Mojito - I decided to make this recipe the next day! Serve this dish alongside freshly made guacamole, rice, bean, tortilla and tomato salsa. Happy Cooking! P.S this recipe feed 5-6 amigos. So adjust the ingredients to your requirement or freeze the extra. Ingredients - Chicken 2 kg chicken cut into serving pieces 1 onion - chopped 1 garlic - chopped Salt - seasoning Oil or lard Toasted white sesame seeds & fresh coriander to garnish Ingredients - Mole Sauce 6 Ancho chillies ADD TO CART 4 Pasilla chilliesADD TO CART 4 Mulato chillies  ADD TO CART 1 drained can of chipotle in adobo sauce - seeded and chopped ADD TO CART 2 onions -roughly chopped 2 garlic - roughly chopped 450g of tomato - peeled and cut into quarter 1 stale tortilla (or 1/2 piece of stale bread) - torn into pieces 50g sultanas 115g ground almond 50g white sesame seeds ADD TO CART 1/2tsp coriander powder ADD TO CART 1 tbsp of Ceylon cinnamon powder ADD TO CART 1 tsp of anise - ground ADD TO CART 1/2 tsp of black peppercorns whole ADD TO CART 4 tbsp of oil/lard 40g unsweetened bitter dark chocolate 25g soft brown sugar - you may need some extra 1 tsp of salt - extra salt of seasoning   Method Put chicken pieces into a saucepan large enough to hold them in one layer. Add onion, garlic and salt. Cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for 35-40 minutes. Remove the stalk and seed from all chilies. Tear the chili pods into pieces and soak in a small bowl of boiling water for 20 minutes until soft. The chilies should be covered with water. In a food processor, add the soaked chilies and 1/4 liquid along with all other ingredients. Process to a fine paste. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan with cover. Remove the chicken pieces from stock liquid and add to the pan. (remember the oil will be splattering, so have the lid nearby to cover immediately) Once the chicken pieces are lightly browned, remove from saucepan and set aside. To the same saucepan, add the homogenized mole paste with the remaining oil. Saute, whilst stirring, for 15 minutes until fragrant. Now add 475ml of chicken stock to the mixture. (make it up with water if necessary). Add chocolate, salt and pepper. Cook on low heat until the chocolate is completely melted. Then stir in sugar and cook for further 5minutes. Add the chicken to the mole sauce ensuring it is immersed in the sauce. Cover and cook on low heat for another 30-45 minutes until all the flavors have come together and chicken is cooked. At the final stage, adjust the sugar and seasoning. Garnish with the fresh coriander and toasted sesame seeds. Nush-e-Jan! (Enjoy!)  


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