Air Fried Potato Chops

(For 12 potato chops)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Growing up my mum often made potato chops (curried mince meat wrapped in mashed potato and deep or shallow fried) for an evening snack. I was craving these last month and decided to use my air fryer to “fry” the chops. My mother usually made a flatter shape but I decided to make them round and added a yogurt Raita dip for the chops. The most important thing is to make the mince mix dry and to use older potatoes so they don’t split when you fry them!

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Nepalese Momos

Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 50 min

Making Nepalese dumplings is a fun project! I watched an episode of “Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey” on my flight to San Francisco where she travels to Nepal and makes dumplings for children at a school for a snack! Inspired, I decided to try them myself. The filling in the show was sweet with apple and cinnamon. I decided to go the savory route with a veal filling! My daughter absolutely loved them. The flower shape was what reeled her in and then the dumplings with the tasty sweet peanut sauce dip hit a home run on her taste buds!

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Crispy Cod & Onion Fritters

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Growing up in India, we always had onion fritters or ‘bhajiyas’ on a gloomy rainy day. I remember gobbling down crispy hot fritters with a mug of hot chocolate as a kid and it brings back warm memories! This weekend was similar weather in NYC. Was really cold (in the 30’s F), windy and continuous light rain, so I decided to make a variation of the fritters with cod and onion!

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Roasted Sesame Brittle

(12 Servings)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Sesame brittles are made in India during festivals as a dessert. They can be made in the form of balls known as ‘laddus’ or pressed flat like brittles called ‘chikki’. Usually a great dessert to make as a family together. The sweet once set can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months!

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Tuna Belly Ceviche

(3 Servings)

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: –
Total time: 20 minutes

Growing up in India there is no concept of eating raw seafood or raw anything. For example a steak isn’t considered palatable unless well done! So really the first time I tried good sushi was when I visited America for the first time at the age of 15. And ceviche again when I moved to Atlanta in 2011! It took a couple of tries to get accustomed to it but now I usually cannot go a week without a meal of sushi or sashimi. I picked up some really good sushi beads tuna belly from the local Citarella on the Upper West Side and some fresh tulsi basil and bluish purple edible flowers from the farmers market on Sunday and decided to make a light and fresh ceviche! Perfect for the summer weather!

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Olive Oil Ice Cream

(6 servings)
Prep time: 12 hours (includes freezing time)
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 12 hours
When I first heard of olive oil ice cream I wasn’t so sure. But my brother who lives in Portland swears by the Salt & Straw olive oil ice cream so I decided to try it out and be the judge myself. It’s summer anyway and I was itching to bust out my ice cream maker!
As soon as I tried it I was hooked! This ice cream is so rich and creamy and surprisingly the olive oil flavor goes really well with the cream. The edible gum is an optional ingredient but it adds additional smoothness to the ice cream. Hands down one of the best flavors I’ve had in a while.

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