Aarti Sequeira’s Keema

Love her recipes!

  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ~ 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp good garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil and add onions; cook until golden (do not rush this step)
  2. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for another minute.  Stir in the spices, and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the beef, breaking up lumps with a spoon, and sauté until the meat is no longer pink.
  4. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of water, and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer, partially covered, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the peas, and cook another 5 minutes, partially covered.
  6. Stir in the vinegar and chopped cilantro.
  7. Serve with warm chapatis, or over rice.

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Maple Quinoa Granola

This is based on a recipe at Food52, by “spacekase” — I’ve adapted it, ingredient-wise and quantities-wise to my own preferences.  The quinoa adds a definite crunch; use quinoa flakes if you don’t like the whole quinoa.

Maple Quinoa Granola

Maple Quinoa Granola

Preheat oven to 225F

Mix together in a large bowl, then set aside:

  • 2 cups whole rolled oats (not the instant kind)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, the pre-rinsed kind (like Bob’s Mill)
  • 1 cup raw nuts, coarsely chopped (any kind that you like — I use walnuts & sliced almonds)
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit, chopped if big (I like apricots, dried cranberries & dried cherries)

For the coating, whisk together until thoroughly combined:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid/melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Pour the wet mixture onto the dry mixture, and stir until everything is completely coated.

Spread the mixture evenly into a large roaster, or onto a large cookie sheet, so that it covers the entire bottom.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it is lightly browned.  Allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

 

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Browned flour for thickening

In a dry skillet over medium heat, add a cup or two of all purpose flour and stir gently until it’s browned.  Let the flour cool completely, and store in an airtight container; it will keep for roughly a year.

I now use this toasted flour for thickening gravy, as it magically dissolves into the liquid — even hot — without clumping, and the making of a roux is not necessary!

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Moroccan-style Vegetable Pie with Chickpea Crust

This recipe is from CBC’s “Best Recipes Ever

 

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper or red pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 3 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup (250 mL) rinsed drained canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup (250 mL) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, carrot, garlic, cinnamon, ground coriander, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add yellow pepper, zucchini, cauliflower and chickpeas; fry, stirring often, until pepper is softened, 8 minutes.

Add pasta sauce and lemon juice; cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender, 20 minutes. Stir in peas, fresh coriander and almond butter; let cool. (Make-ahead: refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours; to continue, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.)

Chickpea Crust*:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) rinsed drained canned chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse together chickpeas, butter, 3 tbsp (50 mL) cold water, salt, cumin and turmeric until crumbly. Add flour; pulse until combined.*

Turn out onto floured surface; knead until smooth, about 2 minutes. Cut in half; roll out each to 10-inch (25 cm) circle. Line 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate with 1 of the circles; spoon in vegetable mixture. Lightly brush pastry edge with some of the milk. Top with remaining pastry; trim edge. Using tines of fork, press edges together to seal and crimp. Brush top with remaining milk; slash steam vents.

Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

*Note:  I had to add about 2T more butter, and 3T more cold water to make the dough hold together enough to knead it.

Servings: 6

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Quick Falafels with Tzatziki

Though this is quick and easy, it requires pre planning so that the chickpeas can be soaked overnight, and then air dried for two hours.

Falafels*:

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed well and soaked overnight
  • 1 small yellow onion, chunked
  • 1 bunch flat-leafed parsley, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • ½ bunch cilantro, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 piece bread
  • big pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Drain the chickpeas and let air dry for 2 hours or more.
  2. In food processor on low speed, whirl the ingredients until a thick paste forms. No lumps or chunks, or your balls/patties will fall apart!
  3. Form into patties and let rest while Tzatziki is made.
  4. Fry patties in canola oil on medium high heat for 3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with the tzatziki in whole wheat pita bread. Add shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, if desired.

Tzatziki
Pulse in food processor, just until blended:

  • 1 cucumber, seeded and chunked
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ bunch mint (or less, to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of one lemon

* for authentic — and delicious  — falafel, see Habeeb Salloum’s Falafel

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Cheeseburger Pasta Toss

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and minced
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling on top)
  • 4 cups dried fusillii noodles
  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally to break up clumps, until brown all over. Drain excess fat.
  2. Increase heat, and add onions, green pepper, and garlic (add other vegetables, if using). Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and their juice, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, uncovered, while you bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. When water boils, add noodles, and cook till al dente, according to package directions.   Drain, reserving a bit of pasta water to loosen the noodles, if necessary.
  5. In the large pot, combine the noodles with the ground beef mixture. The ground beef mixture should be fairly dry, not soupy.
  6. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  7. To serve, sprinkle with more cheese.
  8. If desired, pour the mixture into a casserole dish, top with more cheese, and bake or broil till cheese is browned.

Note: Add any other vegetables you wish to — corn niblets cut off of the cob, a handful of broccoli or cabbage slaw, shredded carrot.  Anything goes!

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Vegetarian Chili à la Podleski

This recipe — more of a stew than a child — was created by the wonderful Janet and Greta Podleski, of “Looney Spoons” fame.  We’ve never made one of their recipes and not liked it!  Their books are full of nutrition information and useful trivia.

I chop everything into the size that makes it palatable for everyone, and sometimes add some eggplant along with the mushrooms and zucchini.  For those who prefer meat, they can just fry up some ground beef and put it into a smaller pot with some of the vegetarian chili.

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup  chopped green  bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 can (12 oz) no salt whole-kernal corn UNDRAINED (I usually use frozen corn, and add a bit of water)
  • 1 can (19oz) no salt chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (19 oz) no salt black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced, no salt tomatoes UNDRAINED
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup unpeeled, diced zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onions, red and green peppers, celery, carrots, and garlic.  Cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 or 6 minutes.

Add mushrooms and zucchini.  Cook and stir for 4 more minutes.

Add child powder, cumin, oregano, and basil.  Cook for 1 more minute.

Add undrained tomatoes, the beans and chickpeas, undrained corn, cayenne pepper, and salt.  Mix well.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Serve with brown rice, or cornbread.

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