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Tagged With: Side-dish

Besar Cranberry Chutney

The rich and toasty taste of our Besar blend makes an ideal complement for the pop of fresh cranberry in this exotic twist on a holiday classic. Candied ginger and dried apricots round out the fruity flavors, and the result is an intensely flavored chutney that you can serve well past Thanksgiving. You can try variations too- add an apple to mellow the flavors or some chopped walnuts for a little crunch. Any way you make it, the bright flavor of cranberries add a bit of sunshine to a winter feast. Go cranberries!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
1 onion, diced (use a sweet or red onion for extra flavor)
1/4 cup Candied Ginger, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 large orange (or 2 medium), zested and juiced
1 lime, juiced
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Besar, ground
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper

Instructions

  1. Put olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and, stirring frequently, cooking for about 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning. You might want to add more salt, vinegar or brown sugar.
  3. If you want a 'smoother' sauce, cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool, then put into a covered container in the refrigerator. This will keep for about a week.
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Chaat Masala Fruit Salad

Want to raise a few eyebrows at your next picnic or barbeque? Try our Chaat Masala Fruit Salad for a wholly unexpected treat. This traditional Indian street food combines pungent, piquant and savory spices with black salt, citrus and fresh fruit for a refreshing summer treat. The flavor combinations are simply outstanding.  Try the party sized recipe below and mix it up with just about any seasonal fruits. We were wishing we had some watermelon….

Chaat Fruit salad

Chaat Fruit

 

Chaat Fruit

Ingredients

2 bananas
2 cucumbers
2 oranges
2 apples
1 pound strawberries
2 cups red grapes
1 teaspoon Chaat Masala
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon black salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped mint or cilantro

Instructions

  1. Chop fruit into bite sized pieces and combine in a large bowl. Reserve half of one of the oranges.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chaat masala, asafoetida, black salt and lemon juice. Zest the rind from the reserved half orange into the mixture and squeeze in the juice. Mix well and pour over the fruit mixture.
  3. Garnish with mint or cilantro.
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Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Seattle’s local farmers have been showcasing artichokes for a few weeks now, so what better produce to highlight one of our newest blends, Rooster Spice! Inspired by everyone’s favorite Vietnamese hot sauce, Rooster Spice packs a wallop of heat, but boasts a delicious complexity that will keep you coming back.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to these artichokes, or really anything your market basket can throw at it.

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Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Ingredients

2 lemons
4 large artichokes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons Rooster Spice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Rooster Spice, to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a Dutch oven with water, add the juice of 1 lemon and the bay leaf.
  2. Trim leaves from the top of artichoke, remove outer layers of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves.
  3. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer.
  4. As each artichoke is prepared in this way, drop it into the lemon water to prevent from turning brown.
  5. When artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil.
  6. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, about 12-15 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, combine garlic, lemon juice, and Rooster Spice with the mayonnaise. Mix well.
  9. Transfer to a serving dish and chill until needed.
  10. Preheat grill to medium.
  11. Slice the artichoke in half lengthwise.
  12. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed
  13. Brush each half with olive oil and sprinkle with Murray River Flake Salt and Rooster Spice.
  14. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side.
  15. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with remaining lemon wedges.
  16. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled alongside Spicy Garlic Mayonnaise.
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Kala Masala Skillet Cornbread

This savory cornbread knocked our collective socks off at first bite. Our Kala Masala spice blend is a complex one, and that complexity of flavor transfers easily to the skillet cornbread.  There’s a tiny bit of heat from some guajillo chiles in the blend that is balanced perfectly by a healthy dose of toasted coconut for sweetness. Try it with a fish, lentil or vegetable soup for maximum enjoyment!

Cast Iron is essential for crusty cornbread!

 

Kala Masala Skillet Cornbread

Ingredients

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons Kala Masala, ground
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg
¼ cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons butter, bacon fat or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven to get hot while you make the batter.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, baking soda and Kala Masala. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and the ¼ cup melted butter together.
  3. Take the hot cast iron skillet out of the oven, and add in the butter. Swirl it around until the butter starts to melt, being sure to tilt the pan to coat the sides and bottom evenly.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients in the dry ingredients and mix quickly, just until moistened. Do not overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cornbread until it’s golden brown, about 20 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven, and try to let it cool for a few minutes before you dive into it. Cut into 8 wedges.
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Harissa and Vegetable Couscous

This recipe has been a long time coming. Hardly anyone who comes in to the shop — spice masters and novices alike — can pass over the North African section without some long, lingering sniffs. The spices from that region are so exotic, in their perfect union of sweet-spicy-aromatic. “How do you use the Harissa?” is one of the most common questions following the exclamations of delight, and though my fellow merchants and I have written versions of this recipe on many a business card, envelope, and scratch paper, it’s about time it took its place among our favorites here on the blog.

The tender-crisp vegetables and fluffy cous cous are a perfect vehicle for this sumptuous sauce; our version of the traditional Tunisian red pepper condiment that is so ubiquitous in Northern Africa. The cumin, coriander, and caraway add complexity and depth, with the guajillos lending just enough heat to be interesting without being overwhelming. You can also try the Harissa sauce on grilled meats or eggplant — or even on halibut!

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Harissa and Vegetable Couscous

Ingredients

For the Harissa –
 
6 ounce can of tomato paste
12 ounce jar roasted peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons Harissa, ground
1-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
1/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
4 green onions, sliced thinly
 
For the couscous –
 
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
2-1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 small acorn or butternut squash (cut into ½ inch cubes)
1 small cauliflower, florets cut into small pieces
1 medium zucchini (cut into ½ inch cubes)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
¾ cup fresh or thawed green peas
½ cup chopped cilantro
1-1/2 cups couscous

Instructions

  1. To make the Harissa – In a small saute pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add the chopped red onion, and saute until it starts to get a little color. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the tomato paste, roasted peppers, Harissa, garlic granules, 1/3 cup olive oil and red wine vinegar. Pulse until it’s still a little chunky. (You can also puree it until it’s smooth.)
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add salt to taste. Add the sauteed red onions and green onions and mix well. (You can prepare this ahead of time – let it get to room temperature before serving. If you have any leftovers, it will keep well in the refrigerator. This works well as a condiment to any meal.)
  3. To make the Couscous – In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over low heat. Saute the onion and garlic until translucent. Add stock, dried apricots, squash, zucchini, cauliflower florets, chickpeas, turmeric, ginger powder and Aleppo pepper, stirring well. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Place the cover on the pot, reducing the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are tender, but still a bit crispy. This should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Then mix in the diced tomatoes, peas, cilantro and couscous. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and let stand 10 minutes. (This will cook the couscous.)
  5. Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle some of the Harissa onto the couscous, serving the rest of the Harissa on the side.
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Five Seed Roasted Potatoes

This fabulous twist on roasted potatoes generously comes to us from chef Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy restaurant here in Seattle. The spice mix is a version of Panch Phoron a.k.a. Bengali Five Spice, using ajwain seed in place of fennel.  I made this for a celebratory Sunday evening feast after enjoying  the sunny afternoon harvesting potatoes.  Lots of love went into growing our potatoes this year and it was a joy to toss them with this exquisite mixture.  Thanks, Jerry!

Five Seed Potatoes

Five Seed Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

2 lb. small potatoes fingerling, red or yukon gold
2 Tbsp. peanut oil
1/2 tsp. ajwain seeds

Instructions

  1. Parboil whole potatoes until just tender, drain and slice in halves.
  2. In a small heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add brown mustard seeds. When they begn to pop, add fenugreek seeds and toast for a minute or two. Then add remaining seeds and toast for a few minutes more until all are browned.
  3. Toss toasted seeds and oil with potatoes, add 1/2 tsp. salt and roast on a sheet pan at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with another 1/2 tsp. of salt and serve.
  4. These flavorful potatoes make a lovely side dish alongside roasted meats, breakfast eggs or just about anything!
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