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What are some good ways to use kala jeera? Thanks, everyone. ;o)

Last night I used some in a lemon and cumin red-lentil soup (inspired by a recipe in Ruhlman's "Twenty"). It's delicious! I noticed he uses it in a chicken cashew curry that's posted on his site as well. But I cannot find many other recipes. Your ideas? Thanks so much. ;o)

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asked over 4 years ago
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I use them in my Peanuts & Carrots side dish, here:
http://food52.com/recipes...
They're also a main part of a recipe my mom made a lot when I was little: Mrs. Chawdry's Potatoes. I believe it's a recipe in The Vegetarian Epicure, this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian...
Really interesting cookbook, by the way. Some recipes are very odd (kind of "hippie"), but many are awesome. Message me if you'd like the potato recipe. I can type it out for you.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks, beyondcelery. That Peanuts and Carrots recipe looks great! Your curry blend is calling my name (loudly), too. I can't wait to try it. I own the Vegetarian Epicure, which I bought five or six years after it was published (while I was in college). It was the first paperback cookbook I'd ever bought, and for years was one of only 5 or 6 cookbooks, total, that I owned. (The Russian Vegetable Pie in that book is classic, by the way.) Thanks again! ;o)

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hardlikearmour

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added over 4 years ago

I bet panfusine has a bunch of ideas for it... maybe try direct messaging her.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 4 years ago

Great idea, hla. Thanks so much. It's an amazing spice. It smells kind of bitter in the jar, but becomes smoky and so delicious when cooked. I know I'll be using it often, e.g., in pan fried veggies with Indian spices, which I cook on a regular basis with whatever's in season. And that simple masoor dal was out of this world. Thanks again! ;o)

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hardlikearmour

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added over 4 years ago

I wonder if it would work as a component in your magical & award winning dukkah?

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AntoniaJames

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added over 4 years ago

Great minds think alike. -- I've been thinking about that since lunch, when I had some leftover dal! I expect it will be fantastic. It's like a smoky cumin. Imagine that. Why haven't I ever used this stuff before?!?! ;o)

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Want overload? Here's the link to Food Blog Search for kala jeera --
http://foodblogsearch.com...
A quick skim found lots of tempting sounding recipes.

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Russian Vegetable Pie? I know what I'm looking up when I get off work today... Thanks!

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I have a stash of Kala Jeera I brought back from my last India trip.. But I've yet to try it on anything..

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I just have to take this opportunity to say that I learn the most amazing things from Food 52ers! Never heard of Kala Jeera before - Now I have to order it from Penzeys (I didn't even realize they had it). Thank you all!

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AntoniaJames

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added over 4 years ago

Tarragon, I bought mine from Penzeys when in their shop a few months ago . . . one of the reasons I stop in and browse, every time I have a business trip over on the Peninsula. The Kala Jeera just might be my answer to smoky paprika, which I cannot eat. I'm thrilled beyond words to have happened upon it. ;o)

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Hi AJ, Sorry to reply late.. I use Kala Jeera for two regular recipes one is this dry potato subji and another is Jeera Rice with peas, cashews, sultanas.
5-6 medium size potatoes, boiled,1 and half tsp cumin seeds/Kala jeera, 3/4 cup chopped coriander leaves,1 green chili, chopped,1/2 tsp turmeric powder (optional), 1/4 tsp red chili powder (optional) ,3-4 tsp lemon juice ,3 tbsp oil, sendha namak/rock salt for taste
method

peel the boiled potatoes and cut into cubes.
heat oil.
add the cumin seeds and let these sizzle in the oil.
now add the green chilies and fry for a minute.
add the potato cubes and mix it well with the cumin seeds and chilies.
sprinkle the turmeric powder, red chili powder and rock salt.
saute the potatoes for 2-3 minutes.
add the lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.
mix the whole mixture well for a minute.
serve the jeera aloo hot.