Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

 

Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a worldwide popular dish from Goa, India. Its origin is the Portuguese dish "carne de vinho e alhos" (meat cooked in wine vinegar and garlic). The sour-spicy dish came to Goa with Portuguese explorers in the 15th century and was adapted to the local taste and ingredients.
We recommend to try it with pork or lamb, though it takes a bit longer to cook. Vindaloo is usually very hot. Our spice blend has only a little kick, not hot at all. You can adjust the heat level to taste with fresh chilies.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 1 .25 lbs chicken thighs or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head garlic smashed or grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup vinegar wine or apple cider
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • sugar brown recommended
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • Boiled potatoes, rice, or naan bread
  • Roasted cauliflower, cooked peas, or pickles

Optional

  • Fresh chilies to taste chopped

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, turmeric, white poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, Kashmiri chili

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Season the meat with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, combine garlic, ginger, vinegar, mustard, chilies (optinal), and Vindaloo spices.
  • Add the meat and mix until all meat is well coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Cook

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat. Fry the onions until they turn brown.
  • Add meat. Fry the meat for 5 minutes over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cover the POT. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently.
  • Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 cup of hot water. Mix well.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat until the meat is falling apart. Stir occasionally.
  • Add more sugar and/ or vinegar to taste.
  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Optionally, start with 1/8 cup vinegar for the marinade and add more vinegar to taste during the cooking.
  • Substitute the chicken with duck or with lamb or pork stew meat. Adjust the cooking time in the last step.
  • Substitute the chicken with garbanzo beans and/or cubed vegetables (for instance eggplant, cauliflower, and/or sweet potatoes).  
Keyword Kashmiri chili, white poppy seeds
North African Ras El Hanout

North African Ras El Hanout

 

North African Ras El Hanout

North African Ras El Hanout

When a spice shop owner in North Africa uses its magic to create an extraordinary spice blend, it is called Ras El Hanout, "head of the shop". The quantity and quality of the selected spices depend on the wealth of the customer. This recipe includes a blend of 23 ingredients, including precious long pepper, grains of paradise, rosebud, and mace. You will love it!
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Tunesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 lb white carrots roughly cut
  • 1/2 lb turnips roughly cut
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Ras El Hanout Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, paprika, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice, grains of paradise, ginger, nigella, caraway, cinnamon, rosebud, mace, anise, brown mustard, turmeric, chamomile, long pepper, cardamom, fenugreek, cloves, chili, lavender

Suggested Sides

  • couscous
  • rice
  • boiled potatoes

Instructions
 

Vegetables

  • In a POT, steam carrots and turnips or cook them over low heat in a little bit of water with salt to taste.
  • Use only as much water as needed to prevent the vegetables from burning.
  • Once the vegetables are tender, mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Chicken

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken, Ras El Hanout spices, and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Fry the chicken until it is cooked through and turned brown on all sides.

Serve

  • Serve the chicken on a bed of vegetable mash with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute the chicken with turkey, lamb or pork tenderloin, sirloin beef, or your preferred steak. For lamb or beef, fry it to your desired doneness.
  • If you really want to miss out on the turnips, substitute them with potatoes.
  • Substitute white carrots with colored carrots.
Alternatively, use the Ras El Hanout spices for one of the following recipes:
Keyword grains of paradise, long peper, mace, nigella, rosebud
Moroccan Couscous 7 Vegetables

North African Couscous aux Sept Légumes

 

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

North African Couscous aux Sept Légumes

'Couscous with seven vegetables' is a traditional dish in North African countries and much loved by its visitors. Saffron supports the rich flavor of plenty of fresh vegetables. Don't worry about the chopping! Luckily, the vegetables are used in a larger size for this dish. Couscous is also cooked with lamb or sheep. A typical topping is Tfaya, caramelized onions, raisins, and cinnamon. With Tfaya, arrange for a longer cooking time.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 lb chicken pieces with skin or lamb or beef
  • 10 oz couscous
  • 1/2 small white cabbage quartered
  • 0.5 lb pumpkin cut in 2-inch thick pieces
  • 0.5 lb carrots cut in half
  • 0.5 lb turnips or daikon cut in 8 pieces
  • 1/2 bunch parsley or cilantro or mixed finely chopped

You might have

  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt

Optional vegetables as (partly) substitutes

  • 1 large zucchini halved and cut lengthwise
  • 2 tomato/es quartered
  • 1 cup green beans

Optional

  • 1 cup garbanzo or fava beans (from a can, rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Tfaya

  • 4 medium onions halved and sliced
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] paprika, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron
  • Pouch [2] cinnamon, cardamom

Instructions
 

Tfaya (optional)

  • In a POT, melt butter.
  • Add sliced onions, salt & Couscous Spices [2] to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to detach the onions.
  • Add 2 tbsp of water.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are soft. Stir occasionally.
  • Add raisins and sugar.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are caramelized. Stir occasionally.

Stew

  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  • Fry meat and onions until the meat turns slightly brown on all sides.
  • Add vegetables, salt to taste, and Couscous Spices [1].
  • If you use zucchini, add them after 10 minutes.
  • If you use lamb or beef, cook meat in water and spices until it's almost tender, before you add the vegetables.
  • Add 2.5 cups of water.
  • Cover POT and bring to boil.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the herbs and optionally garbanzo beans and/or raisins and Couscous Spices [2] to taste. Mix well.
  • Continue to cook for about 5-10 minutes until all ingredients are soft but not mashed.

Couscous

  • Prepare couscous according to package instructions.

Serve

  • On a large plate, serve stew over couscous.
  • Optionally, top with Tfaya.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword cardamom, cinnamon, saffron
Sichuan Beef

Chinese Sichuan Beef

 

Sichuan Beef

Sichuan, also known as Szechuan, is a province in China. It's the origin of Panda bears and Sichuan pepper. This spice is very common in Asian cuisine. It is not related to pepper and has a very special taste with a citrus note. Notably, Sichuan pepper creates a numbing sensation in your mouth. Try it sprinkled over your dish or use the remainder in a dish with beans or mushrooms.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb sirloin beef cut into thin strips
  • 12 oz vegetables see below, cut into thin slices
  • 6-8 oz noodles see below, cooked
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry or wine
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp corn starch or arrowroot
  • vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • salt

Sichuan Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves
  • [2] Sichuan pepper

Suggested Vegetables

  • Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms

Suggested Noodles

  • Lo mein or any long thick noodles

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix beef with 1/4 cup soy sauce, Sichuan [1] spices, and up to half of the Sichuan [2] spices.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Stir-fry beef (keep the marinade for later) for about 1 minute until it changes color.
  • Take the beef out and set aside.
  • In the same PAN, add 2 tbsp oil. Stir-fry vegetables over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and sherry halfway.
  • Add 1 cup of water, the marinade, and salt to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Dissolve starch in 1 tbsp water. Add the slurry to the PAN. Mix well. 
  • Stir in the noodles. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Return the beef and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until it's just cooked.
  • Sprinkle some Sichuan [2] spices on the plated meal (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken breast.
  • Substitute beef with tofu (see below).
Sichuan Tofu
  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Mix the marinade without the tofu.
  • Drain the tofu for 30 minutes in a large strainer.
  • In cooking step 1), bake the tofu in the OVEN at 350°F until it turns brown. Set aside.
  • Continue with steps 2) to 4) without changes.
  • In step 5) substitute beef for tofu.
Keyword cinnamon, ginger, Sichuan pepper, star anise
Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

 

Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

Warming hotpot is one of the most popular dishes of the Chinese province Sichuan (aka Szechuan). The Sichuanese love to get together with family and friends spending hours sitting around the simmering pot, eating, and chatting.
Asian groceries offer hotpot bases with ingredients like monosodium glutamate and artificial flavors. The mild SpiceBreeze hotpot seasoning uses only pure and freshly ground spices.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 quarts bone broth homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar or honey, or syrup
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 strainer cups or slotted spoons

Hotpot Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)

Suggested Dipping Ingredients

  • ▪ thinly sliced meat of your liking
  • ▪ large shrimp, sliced fish filet, or squid
  • ▪ a variety of mushrooms, bok choy, savoy or napa cabbage, (sweet) potatoes, mung bean sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli florets

Suggested Sides

  • ▪ cilantro, green onions, watercress, radish
  • ▪ dipping sauces (see notes)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium POT, heat 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Fry onions over medium-low heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic and ginger.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, 1 tbsp sugar, and Hotpot spices.
  • Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, and salt and sugar to taste.
  • Mix well. Bring to a boil. Turn off.

Serve

  • Place POT on a small stove in the center of the dining table. Keep the soup gently boiling.
  • Place your choice of dipping ingredients, dipping sauces, and sides on separate plates around it.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Add chili peppers to taste to half of or all of the pot.
  • Substitute tomato paste with 1 cup of beer.
Alternative Dishes
Use the Hotpot spices for one of these recipes:
Sichuan beef (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Dublin spice bag (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe and add chili powder to taste.)
Taiwanese ló͘-bah-png (Use about 1 tbsp of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Basic Dipping Sauces
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of soy sauce or tamari, rice or apple cider vinegar, and water. Optionally, add to taste green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilis (all finely chopped), or make several sauces with different combinations.
  • Mix 1/2 cup each of tahini, soy sauce or tamari, and rice or apple cider vinegar. Add 1-2 cups of water to taste. Optionally, add sugar, mustard, and/or sesame seeds to taste.
  • Mix 1/4 cup each of minced garlic, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. Add salt to taste.
Keyword cinnamon, fennel, Sichuan pepper, star anise
Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

 

Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

Aromatic stuffed vegetables are a Turkish specialty. For Biber Dolması, small green bell peppers with thin skin are simmered in a light tomato sauce. The typical filling is a meat and rice mixture seasoned with mint, parsley, and regional dried peppers. This blend features mild and fruity pepper from Aleppo. For a vegetarian version combine raisin and pine nuts with rice. Green bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, just right during the winter season.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz ground beef
  • 4-5 medium green bell peppers
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups rice rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 3-5 cups broth e.g. vegetable or beef
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Biber Dolması Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, Aleppo pepper, mint, cumin, black pepper

Instructions
 

Prepare the bell peppers

  • Cut off the top and clean out the seeds of each bell pepper.
  • In a BOWL, mix onions, Biber Dolması spices, parsley, meat, rice, 2 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Fill the mixture into the bell peppers.

Cook Biber Dolması

  • In a POT, that is wide enough to fit just all bell peppers, place filled bell peppers top-up.
  • Fill tomato puree and broth around them up to about 2/3 of the height of the bell peppers. Cover the POT.
  • Bring broth to boil, turn heat to medium-low, and cook for about 30 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Short grain rice works best.
  • If you can find small thin bell peppers, double the number of bell peppers and use a wider pot.
  • Substitute beef with lamb, pork, or poultry.
  • Substitute meat with 1 cup of raisins and pine nuts.
  • Substitute green bell peppers with other colored bell peppers or with zucchini, or mix.
Keyword Aleppo pepper, mint, paprika