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Nepali buff burger

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Nepali buff burger
A Nepali style homemade burger, easy recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Shape the meat into round shape patty. Meat must be little bigger than bun diameter. Do not shape it too tight.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Preheat the grill or pan to medium hot.
  4. Grease the pan with oil, grill the meat approximately 3 minutes on each side while covered. Do not overcook.
  5. When the meat is cooked, put the cheese on the top of meat, and let it melt.
  6. After melted, set aside and leave to rest for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the burger bread until crispy and brown.
  7. Layer the bun, meat, veggies and sauce as shown in the picture.
Recipe Notes

To make the best burger, choose the best quality meat and bread. Do not overcook the burger. To prevent the meat from shrinking, press the meat in the center by thumb while shaping the raw patty.

Burger Sauce

Ingredients-

Tomato ketchup - 3 tablesoons

Yellow mustard powder – 1 teaspoon

White vinegar – ½ teaspoon

Directions – Mix all the ingredients well.

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Goondpak cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goondpak cake
This recipe imitates the same old fashioned Nepali goondpak. Simple and easy to make!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Toast the edible gum (goond) in a pan until it puffs up, toast one spoon at a time. Do not burn.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nuts, coconut, cardamom, and nutmeg powder. Mix it very well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk sugar, evaporated milk, molasses, and ghee until all the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Transfer the liquid into large bowl, finally add vinegar and whisk the mixture very well.
  5. Preheat up the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.
  6. Grease the inside part of cake pan with a cooking spray or ghee. This will preven cake sticking with the pan when cooked.
  7. Pour the cake mixture to the pan, shake the pan until the surface becomes flat and smooth.
  8. Sprinkle sunflower seeds evenly over the mixture.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
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Yellow lentil soup, pahelo daal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yellow lentil soup, pahelo daal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat up vegetable oil, saute onion and garlic until translucent
  2. Add vegetables, cloves and lentil. Saute for another 2 minutes.Add water, bring it to boil, skim off the clouds and simmer for another 25 minutes or until fully cooked
  3. Add the seasoning
  4. Blend the soup with ghee until very smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve with Cilantro oil, chili powder and fresh nimkies.
Recipe Notes

- Above recipe is an alternative way to cook and serve yellow lentil soup in a western fashion. It includes culinary techniques in a restaurant style.

- Any desirable yellow lentils can be used to prepare this recipe. Please keep in mind that cooking time may vary according the nature of the lentils.

- Cilantro oil could be an optional which can be substituted with micro cilantro [baby cilantro leaves] or fully grown cilantro leaves.

CILANTRO OIL

Ingredients-

Cilantro (also known as coriander leaves) - 1 handful

Vegetable oil - ½ cup

Directions -

- In a boiling water, boil cilantro for 10 seconds, strain and dip in ice water - Remove from ice and blend thoroughly with oil - Strain the through the cheesecloth - Use for upto 3 weeks while refrigerated. - Enjoy this oil by drizzling over all kinds of pasta, soup and salads.

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Chatamari kismis

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Chatamari kismis
A traditional rice pancakes infused with nuts and hint of sugar. Simply and easy to make.
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Mixed Nuts roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Butter or Ghee room temperature, or microwave for 10 seconds
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Mixed Nuts roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Butter or Ghee room temperature, or microwave for 10 seconds
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, water, and butter very well. The consistency must be creamy
  2. Fold the mixture with mixed nuts.
  3. Grease the cast-iron skillet or a non-sticky pan with ½ tsp oil, heat up to medium
  4. Spread ¼ of the mixture in a round shape like roti or tortillas
  5. Sprinkle ¼ of the sugar evenly
  6. Cook one side only for around 5-6 minutes while covered, do not flip
  7. Repeat same process with the rest of the mixture
  8. erve with your favorite coffee, tea, yoghurt or fruits.
Recipe Notes

Nuts are expensive, but we could also try making this recipe with granola, oatmeal, crackers, eggs, veggies, bacons, or hams etc. Just avoid sugar if they are for veggies or meat. This is a just a breakfast entrée idea, we can manipulate this into all kinds of meal.

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Young pumpkin and soybean curry, Farsi ra bhatmas

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Young pumpkin and soybean curry, Hariyo farsi ra bhatmas
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Young pumpkin or zucchini thinly sliced
  • 150 grams Raw soybeans shells removed and washed
  • 150 grams Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 100 grams Onion sliced
  • 20 grams garlic finely chopped or crushedmortar and pestle
  • 20 grams Ginger finely chopped or crushedmortar and pestle
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro for garnish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Young pumpkin or zucchini thinly sliced
  • 150 grams Raw soybeans shells removed and washed
  • 150 grams Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 100 grams Onion sliced
  • 20 grams garlic finely chopped or crushedmortar and pestle
  • 20 grams Ginger finely chopped or crushedmortar and pestle
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. - Heat up oil in a pressure cooker, fry coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds until golden brown.
  2. - Add onions, cook until translucent.
  3. - Add ginger and garlic, cook until golden brown.
  4. - Add tomatoes, cook for 2 minutes.
  5. - Add pumpkin, soybeans and the rest of the seasonings except cilantro. Cook for 2 minutes.
  6. - Cover the pressure cooker with lid and cook for around 15 minutes on a medium heat.
  7. - Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves while serving.
Recipe Notes

Pressure cooker isn’t very necessary. Other options can be in any type of cookware like a pot, wok or a deep pan etc. Paprika powder can be substituted with a very mild chili powder. Although, it makes the dish a bit spicy. This dish may substitute meat as it contains higher nutrition. Also goes very well with bread, rice or roti.

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Bhuteko saag, sauted leafy greens

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Bhuteko saag, sauted greens
A simplest way to cook any kinds of leafy greens in authentic Nepali way.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 kg Any desired leafy greens – Approximately ½ Kilo stems removed if preferred
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 whoe Dry red chili broken into pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 kg Any desired leafy greens – Approximately ½ Kilo stems removed if preferred
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 whoe Dry red chili broken into pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop the greens into small pieces, wash, and strain to dry.
  2. Heat up oil in a pan. Add garlic, fry them until golden brown.
  3. Add the chili, fry them.
  4. Add greens and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook for a minute until greens become soft.
Recipe Notes

- Probably the easiest way to cook greens in a Nepalese style. Just make sure greens are washed very well. Straining water properly is important to have a dry and crispy texture after cooking. If not done so, greens will become soggy. But in general, people don’t care about soggy or dry greens, they love it anyway 🙂

- Above picture is of sauted watercress (Sim Saag) and broad mustard leaves (Rayoko Saag). Any greens can be cooked. For example: Spinach, broccoli rabe, Stinging nettles, dill, radish leaves, collard greens etc. etc.

- Olive oil isn’t necessary, vegetable oil works very well.

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donut

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Donuts
Difficulty - medium Preparation time - Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes Cooking time - 10 - 15 minutes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Mix yeast and warm milk [not boiled] in a bowl by using a spoon or whisk. Leave it until bubbles form or the yeast rises. This may take up to 10 minutes. Add eggs and butter and mix with spoon.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl or a working surface. Then mix the yeast mixture, knead gently to form a dough. Shape it into a ball shape and cover with plastic wrap or a wet towel for about 45 minutes. Leave the dough untouched in a warm area until it doubles in size. This process is important as the yeast works with dough as the dough rises. Please note that this process may take less or more time as expected according the the room temperature. Warm surface and room helps to rise the dough faster.
  3. On a flat surface, sprinkle some flour and roll out the dough about ½ inch thick.By using a donut cutter or any round glass and bottle cap, cut the dough into donut shapes.
  4. Place those donut doughs on a flour dusted surface and cover them with a moist towel for around 15 minutes until it doubles in size.
  5. - Heat up the oil to a medium temperature. Test the oil by frying a small piece of dough, if it floats slowly, it is ready to fry. Ideal temperature for frying oil is between 350°f and 360°f. Gently fry the donuts 1 to 2 pieces at a time. Turn over when one side becomes brown. This may take less than a minute. Do not over fry, as this will make the donuts bitter.
  6. Place the warm donuts on a paper towel. Serve it warm for better taste. Donuts can be glazed with melted honey and coconut flakes as shown in the picture.
Recipe Notes

- Nepalese style donuts or doughnuts are served best with warm tea. Plain, sugar coated, and coconut glazed donuts are the most popular types of donuts in Nepal.

- Doughnuts tastes better when served warm.

- They can be stored for 1 to 2 days in a room temperature. To store it wrap them in a napkin and store in a paper bag. If they become stale, we can microwave for 15 seconds to have it warm.

- Doughnuts can be glazed with honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, chocolate, powder sugar, coconut flakes and many more etc.

 

 

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Kaacho mulako achar, fresh radish pickle

Preparation time – 15 minutes

Difficulty – Easy

Ingredients –

Grated radish – 4 cups

Ginger – 1/2 thumbsize

Garlic – 4 cloves

Mustard seeds – 2 tsp

Sesame seeds – 2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 2 tsp

Green chili – 3

Lemon juice – from half lemon

Vegetable oil – 1tbsp

Directions –

  • Marinate radish with 1 tbsp of salt for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile toast mustard and sesame seeds together only until they start popping. Turn off the heat and keep stirring until golden brown. Start this whole process by cold pan with the seeds in it.
  • Grind the seeds until medium ground in the mortar with pestle.
  • Add roughly chopped ginger and garlic and keep grinding until paste.
  • When the radishes are marinated for 10 minutes, squeeze and discard the juice.
  • Pour turmeric, remaining salt and lemon juice over the radishes.
  • Fry fenugreek seeds and chili until golden brown and pour it over the turmeric. This process is called tempering.
  • Mix well and serve immediately.
  • This pickle can be stored in the refrigerator for at least 2 days.

Marinate radish with 1 tbsp of salt for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile toast mustard and sesame seeds together only until they start popping. Turn off the heat and keep stirring until golden brown. Start this whole process by cold pan with the seeds in it.

Grind the seeds until medium ground in the mortar with pestle.

Add roughly chopped ginger and garlic and keep grinding until paste.

When the radishes are marinated for 10 minutes, squeeze and discard the juice.Pour turmeric, remaining salt and lemon juice over the radishes.

  • Fry fenugreek seeds and chili until golden brown and pour it over the turmeric. This process is called tempering.

Mix well and serve immediately.This pickle can be stored in the refrigerator for at least 2 days.

Note :

  • This form of pickle is from among many other styles like sun-dried radish pickle, radish pickle with field peas [sano kerau] etc. This could be served as appetizers, snacks or with basic meal like daal bhat [Nepalese staple meal].
  • Working with mortar and pestle needs little practice but not impossible. This is a must tool in every Nepalese kitchen. Food becomes much tastier and consistency is different on Mortar in comparison to blenders and grinders.
  • Green chili can be substituted with dry or powder chili.
  • Lemon juice can be substituted with Lapsi [Nepalese hog plum] in fresh or powdered form.
  • Mustard seeds can be substituted with mustard oil. Just use mustard oil for frying instead of vegetable oil.

 

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Phaparko roti, buckweath pancakes

Preparation time – 2 minutes

Cooking time – 7-10 minutes

Diffiiculty – easy

Ingredients –                             

Buckwheat flour – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Salt – 1 tsp

Black Pepper – 1 tsp

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tsp

Directions-

– Mix all the ingredients except butter or ghee until fine puree or batter consistency.

– In a medium hot pan, add just a little bit of ghee and spread it all around the pan.

– Add a ladle full of mix and spread while shaping into a flat and round shape like tortilla or roti.

– Cook in slow flame turning both sides until very crispy and brown. Cover them with lid if the roti is too thick and need more cooking.

Note :

– Above is a very basic phaparko roti recipe. For more richness we can add minced ginger and hing [asafetida], which is also a traditional. We can always play around with rest of of the ingredients and spices. Just keep in mind, keep the flour and water ratio in equal measurements. Cooking roti takes times to master but anyone can make in the beginning, just do not overheat the pan. Cast iron pans or other thick metal pans are the key to make better rotis. Another important note is to keep less spread on the pan which helps to cook faster and crispier. Do not burn the roti, it will taste bitter.     

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Sprouted beans, bean sprout

Gedagudi [beans] means generalizing all kinds of beans from fresh to dry. But if they are dry, it is called Sukeko Gedagudi. Once a year on Janai purnima [a day when the famous Dashain festival is welcomed], sprouted beans are typically cooked as hot soup with meat or vegetables. Those kinds of soups are often cooked in cold winter days. Also they are sold in few recreational centers like gym, pools and other sport facilities. 

Nepal is rich in grains and beans, a variety of them are grown in different seasons. 

Sprouting can increase your ability to absorb nutrients in the beans that would normally be less digestible because they are bound by phytic acid. Bean sprouts can be eaten raw, though Vegetarian experts warns that raw sprouts may carry potentially harmful bacteria. Purchasing beans from a reputable source helps us to find better beans. We must always wash them thoroughly and cook them before using to decrease risk of food-borne illness. 

The recipe below shows us a very simple way to sprout any kinds of dried beans. Just keep in mind, boil the sprouted beans until tender and cool them off to use them in salads. This will prevent improper digestion. 

Preparation time – 4 days

Difficutly – Easy

Ingredients –

  • Any kind of dried beans

Directions –

  • Rinse the dried beans with water.
  • Soak them overnight with almost double the amount of water.
  • Next day drain the water and put them in a perforated container or any container with holes. Cover them with a black cloth or towel.
  • In next 12 hours or so, sprinkle water just enough to make the beans moist and cover them back.
  • Repeat the same process at least two times a day for 3 days.
  • Beans will start to sprout fully from the fourth day.

Notes :

  • While choosing the beans, make sure the beans are from the trusted company who sells good quality beans. Very old and bad beans won’t sprout fully and often go rancid. So choosing the highest quality beans are the first priority.
  • Try to rinse and soak the beans in distilled water so that they sprout in a healthy moisture.
  • We don’t particularly need black towel or cloth. Any cloth or material which blocks the light to pass through the beans are just required. We can even sprout the beans in a dark room where there is enough air circulated. Sprouts with start to turn green and grow micro greens if accidentally exposed to light for a longer period of time.