SHUBHRA’S SAUTÉED OKRA WITH ONIONS

Okra, known as “lady’s fingers” in India, has a beautiful bright green color and looks wonderful on the table. This simple and easy way to cook okra will leave you with a delicious dish, without any of the okra “slime!” When buying fresh okra, avoid the flimsy, flexible ones. Look for crisp ones in which the tail end can be snapped off. Avoid the very hard okra that are over-ripe with brown seeds instead of the ideal white seeds. I also never cover okra when cooking because doing so will darken its color. Okra can be eaten with Indian flatbreads, such as Naan or Chapathi, and goes well when paired with lentil dishes. – Shubhra

Sautéed Okra with Onions (Bhindi Pyaz)
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Sautéed Okra with Onions (Bhindi Pyaz)
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  1. If you’re using frozen okra, do not defrost. If you’re using fresh okra, wash the okra and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Trim the tip and head and discard. Slice each okra into ¼-inch (6-mm) pieces.
  2. Pour the oil into a large nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. (Place over high heat if using frozen okra.) When the oil is heated, add the okra and lime juice. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion, turmeric, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Sauté until the okra is tender and the onion becomes transparent, stirring frequently, about 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy now or let cool to room temperature and refrigerate or freeze for later!
Recipe Notes

Okra has a peculiar, slimly substance to it that is released when the okra is cut and washed. The first time I cooked okra, I washed it after I chopped it and had slime everywhere! That is why it is important to wash it and pat dry before chopping to reduce the release of the sticky material. If you’re using frozen okra, it is best not to defrost it first, as it will become flimsy and release a lot of slimy substance. When okra is cooked with lime juice, any slime disappears as the okra cooks.

Recipe from Entice with Spice, Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People by Shubhra Ramineni. Learn more about Shubhra, her cookbooks and upcoming events and classes at enticewithspice.com.

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Lettuce Wraps
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Turkey Lettuce Wraps
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sweet chili sauce, honey and rice wine vinegar in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, add cabbage, water chestnuts, scallions and carrot. Set aside.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the soy sauce mixture over the ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add vegetable mixture and quinoa to the ground turkey and sauté for 5 minutes until greens are slightly wilted and all vegetables are warmed through.
  7. Set out lettuce leaves and divide the turkey mixture between them and roll up like a burrito.
  8. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!
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Baked Egg Rolls

Baked Egg Rolls
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Baked Egg Rolls
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The Rolls
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. Combine celery and carrot in food processor. Pulse 10 times-or-until finely chopped.
  4. Combine celery mixture and cabbage in a medium bowl.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and vent by poking several holes in the top. Microwave on high for 5 minutes and then drain.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, ½ teaspoon ginger, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes.
  7. Add turkey; cook 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat; stir in cabbage mixture, 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce, and pepper. Cover and chill 15 minutes.
  9. Place 1 egg roll wrapper at a time onto work surface with 1 corner pointing toward you (wrapper should look like a diamond). Spoon 3 tablespoons filling into center of wrapper.
  10. Fold lower corner of egg roll wrapper over filling. Fold in trimmed corners.
  11. Moisten top corner of wrapper with egg white; roll up jelly-roll fashion.
  12. Lightly coat egg rolls with cooking spray, and place, seam side down, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers, filling, and egg white.
The Sauce
  1. Combine ¾ cup soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon ginger; serve with egg rolls.
  2. Garnish with green onions, if desired. Enjoy!
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Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai Noodles
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Pad Thai Noodles
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Prepare the Noodles
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Place water in a saucepot. Put pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Put the noodles in a large bowl. Pour hot water over the noodles. Make sure noodles are covered with water.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the noodles sit in the hot water for 30 minutes. Drain the noodles into a colander.
Make the Sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ketchup, chicken broth, sesame oil, soy sauce and vinegar. Whisk until the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
The Vegetables
  1. Chop the garlic into very small pieces called a “dice.”
  2. Peel and dice the ginger.
  3. Slice the green onions on a diagonal. Put all the vegetables into a small bowl and set aside.
The Pad Thai
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large sauté pan.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and green onions. Sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg to the pan. Sauté with the vegetable.
  4. Add the sauce to the pan. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the bean sprouts and noodles to the pan. Stir to combine. Enjoy!
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
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These are a fun and interactive way to get kids cooking with you! Once all the ingredients are chopped, the whole family can roll their own spring rolls! And don't be afraid to add your vegetables or even fruit- mango slices make a lovely addition!
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls
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8 servings
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The Spring Rolls
The Peanut Sauce
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The Peanut Sauce
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Slice the white part of the green onions into thin rounds to equal 1/2 cup.
  3. Place the soy sauce, peanut butter, sugar, vinegar, oil, crushed red pepper, and green onions in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
The Filling
  1. Peel carrots. Cut into matchsticks, shred with a cheese grater, or make ribbons with a potato peeler.
  2. Slice cabbage into thin strips.
  3. Cut the stems of the green onions lengthwise with scissors.
  4. Coarsely chop the cilantro, mint, and basil leaves or just tear them with your hands.
  5. Place all of the vegetables, chili sauce, orange juice, and salt in a large bowl.
  6. Toss to combine.
The Rolls
  1. Fill a shallow bowl with cold water.
  2. Dip one rice paper wrapper into the cold water until it softens.
  3. Remove and shake off excess water and lay flat on a plate.
  4. Place vegetable filling off-center on rice paper.
  5. Wrap the spring roll like a burrito. Set aside and cover with a damp paper towel.
  6. Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers and vegetable filling. Adding finished rolls with others under the damp paper towel.
  7. When all rolls are prepared, divide onto 8 plates, serve with peanut dipping sauce and garnish with a sprig of cilantro.
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