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Blogging Marathon #17
Theme: Archived Recipes Revisited & Improved
When I was in culinary school, I took a class called Cuisine & Culture. I was having problems getting into the options I had given myself for the elective class of the semester. They were already full and I was getting so frustrated as nothing else really peaked my interest. One of my teachers that I had taken Nutrition, as well as Food Safety with saw me and suggested I register for a new class they would be offering. I have never been one of those shy people in class, so teachers really get to know my personality and interests. She said she thought I would really enjoy the class. The way she described it, it sounded very cerebral, but I trusted her opinion and I was low on choices. It ended up being the most interesting class of my entire culinary school education. exploring the relationships between religion, history, war and culture on the food we eat.
For my term paper, we had to pick a country or a region of a country if it was large, and discuss all of these factors. We also had to cook a dish from our chosen region and share it with the class. I did the paper on the Kashmir region of India and I chose the most popular dish from this region, Rogan Josh. In the original posting here, you can learn a lot about the history and culture of Kashmiris. So you see my interest in Indian cuisine started long before I entered the blogging world.
Who knows where I got the original recipe from..this was before I was blogging and thinking of accreditation, however, I tweaked it a bit and made it my own.
A well stocked pantry is required and it is a time consuming recipe, but it is so worth the effort when you taste this fabulous curry. No wonder this dish from Kashmir is known the world over and is on almost every Indian restaurant menu in the West.
(click here for printable recipe)
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
Heat a frying pan on medium heat and roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cardamom seeds until golden brown. Leave to cool and then grind to a powder.
Heat the ghee or oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan on medium heat. Fry the onion seeds for 30 seconds. Put in the onion, garlic, ginger and the bay leaves and saute until golden, 2-3 minutes. Add the meat pieces and fry until browned on all sides, stirring frequently; about 5-8 minutes.
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…this recipe has been submitted to My Spicy Kitchen’s Red Meat Event