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Doro Wat – Spicy Ethiopian Chicken Curry

Happy Thursday friends! Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and all the nature’s beauty around. My husband and I love our evening walks with Gizmo (our little pup) breathing in all the freshness the season has to offer. Well, this week my hubby dear was craving some Ethiopian food and so this week’s recipe is a dish from Ethiopia called Doro Wat. Ethiopian cuisine is something we enjoy at home and outside too. The flavors and spices are very close to Indian and that makes it more enjoyable for us. India and Ethiopia have had long connections going back many many years with Indians moving to Ethiopia to do technical work and spice trade. Incidentally, bollywood movies seem to be very famous in there….So don’t be surprised if you are greeted by a namaste next time you are there. The recipe below is basically a curry served on the side of a savory pancake. Something similar to a dosa except it is baked. We frequent (Ethiopian restaurant) regularly and I got my spice mix …

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Tandoori Grilled Chicken

Thursday is here folks…Only one more day to the much needed and awaited long weekend of the season!! Memorial day weekend marks the official beginning to the lovely summer season and the yummy grilling season 🙂 So fire up your grills and get ready to try this lip smacking recipe! This week Umami Kitchen brings to you a recipe that is simple yet loved by many. Tandoori Grilled Chicken is one of my favorite go to recipes for the grilling season. This recipe brings together the succulent chicken legs with some finger licking Indian masalas. And now we declare the grilling season open! Go ahead and try our recipe!Here are some quick tips before you dig into the recipe: 1. If this is your first time grilling it is very important to keep an eye on the chicken legs to ensure they are not burnt. Adjust the grill flame as needed, move the chicken legs to low flame area if you see them burning. 2. Personally I do not prefer adding color to my food. But …

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip is one of those vegetables you can be very creative with. It is a sweet vegetable and a great addition to winter dishes. The humble parsnip is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in complex B vitamins, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin c and plenty of dietary fiber. Adding this vegetable to your meal plan can truly bring a balance to your diet. My recipe below is for a soup you can try anytime of the year and particularly in winter. This soup is an amalgamation of different flavors – The sweetness of parsnips is nicely complemented by the aroma and zing of garlic and onions. Almonds not only bring along their nutritional value but also a smooth texture to it. This makes a great addition to both lunch and dinner meals. Adapted based on Green Kitchen Stories recipe For the Soup: 3 – 4 parsnips 8-10 garlic cloves 1 large yellow onion 1 tbsp olive oil, extra for serving 1 cup almonds, (soaked overnight in water) 4 cups boiling water 1 tbsp white …

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Carrot, Sweet potato & Red Lentil Soup

This one is my favorite 🙂 I have always enjoyed trying new food, new restaurants and getting inspired to develop my own little recipes. Soups definitely rank high on my list of things to do. They are healthy, very filling and fun to make. I tasted a lentil soup a while ago at Zeytins in Grand Rapids and so began my tryst with developing and making soups. This soup is an amalgamation of my own ideas and some inspiration from tasting and viewing a few really cool soups. Talking about this soup… Sweet potatoes and carrots go very well together. The sweetness of the tubers go very well with the texture and taste of carrots. They are both are very nutritious vegetables, rich in Vitamin A. Since they both are orange colored vegetables they are rich in beta-carotene which is a very nutrient in fighting many health ailments. Chickpeas and red lentils bring a new dimension to the taste and i think its a healthy way of adding some protein to the mix. This soup …