Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Green Peas (Aloo Matar Tikki)


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stuffed potato patties

One of the most enjoyable aspects of ordering take out or dining in Indian restaurants is the savory appetizers that begin the meal. Samosa, pakoras and bhajis are among my favorites. Because these little delights are somewhat time consuming, I don't often find the time to make them at home, but I assure you, it's well worth the effort, and for the most part, such savories are not difficult to prepare and serve up. There is nothing like reproducing some of India's finest offerings in your own kitchen.

potato patties stuffed with green peas

These mashed potato patties were prepared to accompany an essentially Indian themed meal. A popular snack or introduction to the main course, these little savories are also a fine accompaniment to a meal. Soft on the inside, with a spicy pea filling and a delightfully golden crust to complete the experience, stopping at just one is a challenge indeed. I served them up with urad dal tomato soup and some classic corn bread. As a condiment for the tikka, I made some fresh coriander chutney.

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Cranberry Bean, Barley and Fennel Soup

cranberry bean barley soup

I happened across something the other day at my local grocery store that I'd never seen before … fresh beans in their pods! It's really rather odd that I've only ever cooked with dried beans, since beans form such an important part of my diet, but I'd never been able to find them before at any grocer or market despite the fact that Ontario grows plenty of beans … although apparently mostly white pea beans.

fresh cranberry beans

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Portobello Mushrooms in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce


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portobello mushrooms in a mushroom cream sauce

I've made this recipe three times now. Firstly, because these are a mushroom lover's dream — spice blackened meaty portobellos smothered in a zesty, creamy mushroom and fenugreek leaf sauce. I also wanted to test the recipe a few times to get it right and my first attempts at photos were not up to par because of poor lighting. This set of photos I think relays a better idea of the dish.

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Skinny Masala Biscuits


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masala biscuits

Savory quick breads are one of my specialties and I think I have a new favorite. Considering how much I enjoy all things Indian, it's not surprising these ones pack a bit of heat. Not quite a cracker and not exactly a biscuit, these savory spicy delights are just the ideal accompaniment to go along with your favorite curry or if you please, a snack all on their own. They are that good with all of the glorious seasoning and spice. I even enjoyed them for breakfast. They have a somewhat flaky texture with a bit of a crunch. You can roll them a bit thinner if you want them a bit crispier.

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