Fresh broccoli and cauliflower cut into small florets, then tossed in a mixture of coconut oil, chopped peanuts, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and a pinch of blonde palm sugar. Oven roasted at high heat until fork tender and partially caramelized, then served over a curry of coconut milk, galangal, red chilies, star anise and coriander..
Dark red kidney beans in a curry of fresh ginger, onions, garlic, tomatoes and chilies with toasted cumin and coriander, turmeric and cilantro, served over a bed of green tea-germinated brown rice..
Germinated brown rice is approximately 10-20 times higher in protein and amino acids (including GABA) than white rice. Soaking the rice in freshly-brewed green tea adds a pleasing flavor and increases the medicinal value. It also helps to prevent the rice from spoiling during its 18-24 hour germination period.
The warm heat of Kashmiri chili with fresh ginger, garlic, toasted spices and cooling, fresh watermelon, served with pan-seared, wild Gulf shrimp and aged Basmati rice..
1/2 pound fresh shrimp, peeled & deveined
2-1/2 cups fresh watermelon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes, divided
1/3 cup diced onion
3 garlic cloves
1-1/2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
1-inch piece true cinnamon
1 tablespoon Kashmiri chili powder
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon nigella sativa (charnushka)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
pinch of sugar
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 fresh lemon
Combine garlic, coriander, cumin, nigella, turmeric, ginger and sugar in a large Molcajete (a mortar made of volcanic stone), using a pestle to grind into a pulp. Add half of the watermelon and grind into a thin paste. Scrape contents into a clean bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Heat ghee in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Place cinnamon in hot ghee and cook until it begins to unfurl, about 5 minutes. Don’t let the butter burn.
Remove cinnamon and discard; increase heat to medium high. Once the ghee is shimmering, add the onions and shrimp and sear quickly until very lightly-browned, about 2 minutes. Add watermelon and spice mixture, and let sizzle and fry until thickened, about 3 minutes.
Add remaining chunks of watermelon, stir to combine and heat another 2 minutes. Squeeze a fresh lemon over the top and serve hot with aged basmati or naan, if you like.
A riff on the familiar Jamaican dish, this version adds sweet potatoes and fresh scallions to the long-simmered goat, fresh ginger, garlic and tomatoes. Scotch bonnet peppers and Caribbean curry powder add a quickly-building, lingering heat..
Sear a pound of cubed local, pastured goat in a very hot, greased Dutch oven until nicely browned on all sides. Add a chopped yellow onion and cook, stirring infrequently until the onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Add a chopped Scotch bonnet pepper (2 if you’re brave), a clove or two of minced garlic, a teaspoon or so of freshly-minced ginger and stir to combine.
Add a tablespoon of good Caribbean curry powder (turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, star anise, black pepper and the all-important allspice) and fry until fragrant.
Reduce heat to medium and add 2 cups of chopped tomatoes, half a tablespoon of vinegar, a few sprigs of fresh thyme and enough stock (preferred) or water to just barely cover the meat.
Bring the pot to a boil, then lower heat, partially cover and simmer until the meat is tender and the liquid has reduced in volume by about 1/3, about 4-5 hours, adding diced sweet potatoes during the last hour. Remember to give the pot a stir once an hour and add a little liquid if needed to keep it from drying out.
Adjust flavor with sea salt and black pepper if you think it necessary, then ladle into bowls, top with slivered scallions and a sprig of thyme and serve immediately.
Deep crimson in color with a slightly fruity flavor and mild to medium heat, Kashmiri chiles (Kashmiri mirch) are in such demand that there just aren’t enough to go around. Combined here with ghee-fried onions, garlic, fresh ginger, Ceylon cinnamon and diced sweet potatoes..
2 tablespoons ghee (substitute raw coconut oil)
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1-2 small green chilies, stemmed, seeded and minced
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 4″ section fresh curry leaf
1 3″ piece Ceylon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Kashmiri mirch
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut cream, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup fresh coriander leaf, chopped
sea salt and black pepper
Melt the ghee in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add onions and chilies and gently fry until tender. Add cumin, curry leaves and cinnamon and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add Kashmiri murch and turmeric and stir to form a paste. Continue to stir and fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, sweet potatoes and stock, partially cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in coconut cream and coriander. Season to taste and serve immediately over aged cashew basmati.
Like fine wine, basmati rice tends to improve with age. High quality basmati may be stored for up to 10 years to enhance its flavor, bouquet and cooking characteristics.
Heirloom carrots are simmered in vegetable stock with yellow onions, green chiles, ginger and garlic and seasoned with toasted coriander and cumin. Served with turmeric-scented basmati, roasted cashews and fresh cilantro.
For the Soup
1 bunch fresh carrots, trimmed, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
2 small yellow onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seed
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon paprika
1 small sprig fresh curry leaves
1-2 fresh green chiles, chopped
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1-1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup coconut milk
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Roast carrots in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Add onions, garlic, coriander and cumin seeds and roast 15 minutes more.
Melt coconut oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. When shimmering add curry leaf, fenugreek, mustard, chiles and coriander seeds. Cook until the mustard seeds begin to pop and the curry leaves are crisp. Stir in paprika and ginger and cook 1 minute.
Add roasted vegetables and stock and simmer 15 minutes. Working in batches if necessary, carefully puree soup in a blender until smooth. Strain into a clean pot and simmer 10 minutes. Whisk in coconut milk and simmer 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, place a mound of turmeric-scented basmati in a bowl and ladle soup all around. Spoon a little coconut cream over the rice and swirl into the soup. Garnish with toasted cashews, minced chiles and chopped cilantro.