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Recipes with cumin seeds

17Jul 12

Aubergine and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

Aubergine and Roasted Bell Pepper SaladThis Moroccan style aubergine and baked bell pepper salad is a veritable explosion of flavours and really shows just how versatile the humble aubergine can be!  When you mix the steamed aubergine with the rest of the ingredients, it tends to get a bit mashed and fall apart just a touch, which helps to spread the flavour of the spices throughout the whole dish.  The roasted peppers add a strong and pungent flavour to the salad, while the cumin seeds and chilli pepper flakes give it that authentic Middle-Eastern aroma.

Green peppers tend to take a bit longer than yellow and red ones to bake as their skin is a bit tougher, so you may need to leave them in the oven a bit longer in order to facilitate the removal of the skin.  The only bad thing about this salad is you really need to let it cool before serving, so you have to leave enough time in advance. (Also try this spinach and bell pepper potato salad.)

 

Baked Aubergine and Bell Pepper Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large aubergine, cut in 2 cm chunks
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼tsp dried chilli pepper flakes
  • 2tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC.
  2. Steam the aubergine chunks for 5-10 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Roast the peppers in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the skin starts to blacken.
  4. Let them cool enough to handle, then remove the skin and seeds and cut into 2 cm pieces.
  5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over low heat until it's very hot but not smoking.
  6. Sauté the garlic for a minute or 2, making sure it doesn't turn brown and therefore get bitter.
  7. Add the cumin seeds and chilli pepper flakes and continue sautéing for 3 or 4 more minutes.
  8. Add the aubergine and bell pepper chunks to the garlic and spices and stir well to blend all the flavours together.
  9. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Let cool completely and serve with the fresh coriander sprinkled over the top.

 

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12May 12

Easy Onion Bhaji

Easy Onion BhajiI’ve always loved getting onion bhajis from my local Indian takeaway, but I imagined they would be quite difficult to make, so I never seemed to get around to making them myself.  Then, by pure chance, I happened to see them being made while I was waiting for my order and quickly asked the cook if he would mind telling me the basic recipe.  I didn’t have a pen or anything to write with, but luckily I’ve got a pretty good memory.  This easy onion bhaji recipe is what I made the next day by memory from those instructions.

The only real change I made (as far as I can remember) was in the frying methodOnion bhajis, sometimes known as vegetable or cheese fritters served in soups, are usually deep fried, but I wanted to try and make them a little bit healthier and lighter, so I decided to just fry them in a frying pan with a little bit of oil.  They turned out perfectly and were much lighter and less greasy than the typical takeaway fare, while still retaining all of the flavour.

Once you get the hang of making them, you can try substituting the onion with courgette or whatever other vegetable tickles your fancy.  I personally recommend eating them with tamarind sauce, but feel free to use whatever sauce you prefer, or even just eat them plain.

You Need:

  • 500 g Gram flour
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 150 ml water
  • 1.5 tbsps fresh chopped coriander

Steps:

  1. Mix the Gram flour, cumin seeds, chilli powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the onions and fresh coriander and mix well.
  3. Add the water and mix to form a thick batter, making sure the onions are evenly distributed throughout.
  4. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  6. Drop a tablespoon at a time of the batter into the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.  You will need to add more oil for each new set of bhajis.
  7. Remove the finished Bhajis from the oil and let them drain on a wire rack or kitchen paper.
  8. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce or chutney.

Ready In:  30 minutes

Serves:  6

Difficulty:   3 out of 5

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