Curries & Masalas

Besar Kaleidoscope Salad

While the name may be a bit dramatic, this colorful salad is worth a little fanfare. First off, Besar and butternut squash is a match made in heaven, although I’ve also made this using Ras el Hanout and Sri Lankan Curry, and those are delicious too. Pair that with the dark leafy kale tenderized with vinegar and wilted by the warm squash, top it off with the pop of fresh pomegranate and a little nutty crunch and you have a kaleidoscope of texture, color and flavor.

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This is a great dish to keep on hand through the season for a healthy lunch, and it will look beautiful on your holiday table.

Besar Kaleidoscope Salad

Besar Kaleidoscope Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Besar, ground
  • 1 teaspoon urfa biber
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Cut the squash into manageable pieces and peel with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, then cut the pieces into 1" cubes.
  4. Transfer the squash cubes to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the besar, urfa and salt. Sprinkle the spice mixture onto the oiled squash and toss again to coat.
  6. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil, and oil lightly. Transfer the squash to the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake 30-40 minutes until soft enough to pierce easily with a fork.
  7. While the squash is baking, remove the seeds from the pomegranate and set aside.
  8. Rinse the kale and remove the leaf from each side of the stem. Stack the leaves and cross-cut into bite sized pieces.
  9. Transfer the kale to a large mixing bowl or serving dish and add the vinegars. Gently massage the vinegars into the kale.
  10. When the squash is done, transfer to the mixing bowl on top of the kale. Add pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts, and stir gently to mix.
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Chef Tip: Many different vinegars will work in this recipe and I’ve used everything from simple apple cider vinegar to this fanciful Cranberry Pear White Balsamic from Genesis Kitchen. Try your favorite and enjoy!

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Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala

It’s time to celebrate! World Spice at Home is hot off the presses and we are sharing one last sneak-peek with this incredible cake recipe. Enjoy!

Kashmiri Garam Masala Carrot Cake

Sometimes change is good—and in this case the flavor is what’s new. Fans have deemed this the best carrot cake they’ve ever had! Serving a favorite dessert that is known and loved, like carrot cake, with a new twist is the joy of exploring with spice. Kashmiri garam masala lends roasted spice flavors of pepper, cardamom, and clove to this classic preparation, and the coconut oil adds wonderful moisture and a velvety texture.

Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala

Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground Kashmiri garam masala
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups coconut oil, melted
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans, plus more for garnish
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with greased parchment paper.
  2. To make the cake, in a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and garam masala.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars. Add the melted coconut oil and whisk 1 minute more. Using a spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture. Fold in the carrots and walnuts. Fill the cake pans with equal portions of the batter and bake for 30 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes spring back to a light touch. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric mixer), beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and continue mixing until the frosting is thick and smooth. You can adjust the consistency by adding a little milk if it is too stiff, or more sugar if it is too runny.
  5. We recommend a rustic presentation for this cake, so frost only between the layers and on top, leaving the beautiful colors and texture visible on the sides. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve.
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*(c)2014 By Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. All rights reserved. Excerpted from World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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Curry Bread Pudding with Cardamom Cream

Curry Bread Pudding

Who says you have to make curry with your curry? No one! This warm winter pudding was inspired by our friends at Hunger Restaurant, and since trying theirs we have come up with some delightful variations of our own. We’ve added diced apples to replace the traditional raisins- pears are nice too- and infused a mild amount of spice into the custard and cream. Enjoy with coffee, chai or your favorite toddy; nothing says holiday like bread pudding.

Curry Bread Pudding with Cardamom Cream

Curry Bread Pudding with Cardamom Cream

Ingredients

    For the Pudding
  • 5 cups cubed stale or lightly toasted bread
  • 1 cup diced apple
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground Kashmiri or Madras Curry
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Cardamom Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

    For the pudding:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small sauce pan over low heat, whisk the curry into the half & half and allow to infuse gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the half & half does not boil. Remove from heat and allow to return to room temperature.
  3. While the spices are infusing, combine the bread cubes and diced apples in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup or agave, and vanilla. Add the spice infused half & half and stir well.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and apples and let stand for 30 minutes, turning occasionally with a spatula. Allow the bread to fully absorb the liquid.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a greased 8"x8" baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch.
  7. For the cardamom infused cream:
  8. Whisk together the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Strain the cream to remove the cracked seeds.
  9. Pour warm cream over the pudding and serve.
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Sri Lankan Sweet Potato Pie

Our holiday motto? Don’t skimp on the sweets! And add ambrosial spices whenever possible…

Sri Lankan Sweet Potato Pie

As such, this incredible sweet potato pie is a must for our Thanksgiving menu because it does both. We adapted this recipe to feature our Sri Lankan Curry, which has none of the savory turmeric that we often expect in our curries but is instead made up of a melange of warm, sweet spices. Each component is individually toasted before being mixed in perfect proportion, yielding an intensely dark and aromatic blend so intoxicating that most customers who give it a whiff can’t leave without it. The sweet potatoes are a perfect canvas for the deep, toasted flavors of the spice, with just a pop of orange zest added for contrast. The crust is a dense, almost shortbread-like shell made with chopped pecans for a special crunch. This pie will please all who grace your autumn table!

Sri Lankan Sweet Potato Pie

Sri Lankan Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

    For the Dough:
  • 1 cup raw unsalted pecans, shelled, half coarsely ground and half finely ground
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk plus 1 large egg
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  • For The Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground Sri Lankan Curry
  • 2 cups roasted and mashed sweet potatoes (see recipe for roasting instructions)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    To make the dough:
  1. Whisk together nuts, flour, sugar, salt, and zest in a large bowl. Using your fingertips, work butter in to the dry ingredients until the largest pieces are the size of peas.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dough. Whisk yolk and egg in a small bowl, and pour into the well. Gradually draw flour mixture into center, kneading until combined. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight (up to 3 days).
  3. Let dough come to room temperature; roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Fit dough into a 9 inch spring form pan, pressing and patching so that dough reaches up sides of the plate. Chill in freezer while you make the filling.
  4. To make the filling:
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, and pierce them in several places with a fork. Place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil or parchment paper, and roast for 45-55 minutes or until very tender. Puree in a food processor, mash with a potato masher or in a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment.
  7. Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.
  8. Beat sweet potatoes in medium bowl, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sugar, beat to incorporate
  9. Add Sri Lankan Curry, milk, butter, and vanilla, and beat at low speed to incorporate everything evenly and well.
  10. Pour filling in to prepared crust, and bake at 350 degrees until puffed and firm, 40-50 minutes.
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Continental Curry Biryani

It’s almost Buddha’s birthday! Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month of the Chinese lunar calendar in nearly all east-Asian countries, and this year it falls on Friday May 17th in the Western calendar. Because it is customary to eat rice on Buddha’s birthday, we developed this heavily spiced vegetarian biryani to honor the Buddha and many of the exotic lands from which our spices come. Our Continental Curry is the perfect blend for this occasion, as it combines the best elements of several varieties of yellow curry. While we can’t promise a permanent Nirvana as a result of this dish, we guarantee at least a transient one!

Continental Curry Biryani

 

Continental Curry Biryani

Continental Curry Biryani

Ingredients

    For the Rice
  • 1 cup basmati rice, well rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 big pinch of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole Indian coriander seed
  • 3 whole green cardamom pods
  • 2 Indonesia cassia sticks
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Murray River flake salt
  • For the Curry Paste
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground Continental Curry
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Murray River flake salt
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For Baking the Biryani
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cashews, chopped
  • Pan spray
  • Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the Rice
  3. In a medium-sized pan over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the onion and cook until softened. Add raisins, cashews, cloves, cumin, Indian coriander, green cardamom and cassia sticks and saute until fragrant and the seeds start to "pop", about 3 minutes.
  4. Add salt, water and saffron and bring to a boil. Add rice and turn heat down to simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Rice will be 3/4 of the way cooked. Spread in a shallow pan to cool.
  5. While rice is cooking, par-cook the vegetables. In a shallow pan over medium-high heat, add the vegetables and water. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes.
  6. For the Paste
  7. In a food processor, puree the garlic, ginger, onions, mint leaves, Continental Curry, jalapeno, salt and tomato.
  8. In a medium saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add puree and saute for 5 minutes. Add par cooked vegetables, stirring well to combine. Taste for seasoning and salt.
  9. To Bake the Biryani
  10. In a small saucepan, warm a pinch of saffron and the milk. Remove from heat.
  11. Spray a large ovenproof casserole dish with pan spray. Layer in half of the rice and sprinkle with half of the cilantro. Evenly spread the vegetable curry paste mixture over the rice, top with remaining rice, and sprinkle with remainder of cilantro.
  12. Drizzle with the saffron-infused milk, cover the casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked through. Turn the oven off and let the biryani stay in the hot oven for another 10 minutes.
  13. While the biryani is baking, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  14. Add the sliced onions and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Next, add chopped cashews and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
  15. Remove the biryani for the oven. Top with fried onions and cashews and serve with Greek yogurt on the side.
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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

Kala Masala Skillet Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Murray River flake salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground Kala Masala
  • 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 in. Cut into 8 wedges.
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