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Out of India; Into My Kitchen

Posted Mar 10 2011 11:19pm
I'm introducing you all to my latest obsession-(among many others- no, many-many others:). I have delved into the world of Indian cooking cuisine, sort of on accident, but more so lately on purpose. I've discovered my high tolerance for vibrant, bold and an ABUNDANT amount of spices in my cabinet, are the exact ones used in Indian cooking.

The identification spice to Indian cooking is known as Garam Masala . Now, don't let the name shy you away. It's nothing too fancy, except a mix of a few special spices, which include

  • cinnamon
  • cumin
  • cardamom
  • nutmeg
  • (sometimes ginger)
  • black pepper

( Featured here, with some additional great cooking enhancements, Garam Masala pairs well with pepper, paprika, onion and ginger root.)

Depending on the garam marsala you find, it could alter slightly, but overall, this is the staple spice in Indian cooking. Lately, I've been experiencing with this spice in any kind of dish you can imagine, but mainly curries. Many people think curries are all orange-colored, like many curry powders that contain the spice turmeric, however curries don't have to.

My latest curry consisted of no turmeric and was absolutely delicious.

Buttered Cod and Onion Curry with Turnip greens and Potatoes
 ( Serves 1)

  • 1- 4 oz. filet of frozen cod
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1 tbsp. goats milk butter ( one of the best butters ever- no lactose and it has a cheesy flavor that is remarkable!)
  • 1/2 tbsp. coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • small dash of coarse sea salt
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon

* Cooking in this method, increases the moisture of the dish, so nothing tries out and it cooks in a slow-cooking style which allow the flavors to set better.

4.  Cook on 400 for 45 minutes.

5.  Remove and serve over cooked greens, and a side of a sweet baked potato. 

This is one the best meals I've ever had! The curried cod creates an exotic flavor that is wonderful.

If you've never had fish this way- relax! Cod is mild in flavor yet it yields a buttery flavor that is unlike any other fish I've ever had. 

Cod is rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids which prevent inflammation, increase a positive mood, and increase good amounts of healthy cholesterol for heart health. Among many other things, they are also one of the best sources of brain nourishing fats and continue to increase in their benefits of consumption.

If you don't like fish, try this yummy Indian style curry, which is also DELICIOUS and one of my new favorites in Indian cooking.

Try something new in your kitchen this week and give Indian food a try. It's native spices are known to create a happy mood, better digestion and better sleep. That's reason enough for me, but beyond that, they taste great too!:)

Until next time,

.:Heart and Soul:.
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