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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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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
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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Ingredients
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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Ingredients
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
Servings
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
Servings
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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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
Servings
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
Servings
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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Cucumber salad, kakroko achar

CUCUMBER SALAD (KAKROKO ACHAR)

Cucumber – 2 pieces medium sized, long julienne cut from mandolin or hand cut, or any cut 
desired. (Note: discard seeds part)
Dry red chili – 5 toasted, deseeded, and grinded
Dried orange peel – 1/2 tsp ground
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp toasted and grinded
Szechuan peppers – 1 tsp toasted and grinded
Dill leaves (saufko saag) – half bunch chopped
Sesame Oil – 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
black and white sesame seeds – 1 tbsp, toasted
Salt – 3 tsp

Directions –

– All seeds must be toasted and grinded seperately, except sesame seeds
– mix all the ingredients in a separate bowl except cucumbers
– toss the mixture with the cucumbers
– while service, drizzle some chili oil

CHILI OIL-

Dry red chili – 5-7 pieces, coarsely grinded on grinder or hand chopped 
Sesame Oil – 2 tbsp
Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp

Directions –

– Mix all the ingredients together
– heat up mixture until hot only, turn the heat off immediately
– Leave the mixture in a room temperature for 24 hours
– Strain the oil and use it for several weeks

DRIED ORANGE PEEL –

METHOD 1, NATURAL
– Spread the orange peel on a clean surface out in the sun, until completely dries out in 1 – 2 days. Check and continue dehydrating if needed. 
METHOD 2, BY USING DEHYDRATOR 
– By using dehydrating machine, leave the machine turned on for at least 24 hours. Check and continue dehydrating if needed. 
METHOD 3, OVEN DEHYDRATING
– Spread the orange peel on a sheet pan, leave it in the oven overnight while the pilates are running. Check and continue dehydrating if needed.

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Nepalese Style Meat And Cheese Platter

nepalese-style-meat-and-cheese-platter

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • Yak cheese
  • Salami
  • Buffalo jerky (Nepalese dried meat)
  • Chinese pears or Asian pears (Naspati)
  • Honey Comb (mauriko chaka)
  • Cream crackers or cheese crackers
  • Grapes

Directions

  • Cut the cheese and meat in desired sizes, preferably bite size pieces.
  • Arrange all the ingredients on a wood board or a plate neatly.

 

NOTE: Above recipe is one of the non-cooking snack that can be prepared with desirable local cheese, cured and dried meat, fruits etc.

If due to unavailability of yak cheese, one could be replaced with any type desired cheeses. Sandwich cheeses like American, Cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Provolone etc., are not generally recommended. Try using different kinds of cheese as soft, semi soft, and hard.

Walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachio or any nuts can also be used to prepare a meat and cheese platter.

Any kind of crackers, bread, or biscuits can be served.

Honey comb can be replaced with honey, fruit jam, or fruit puree.

Meat and cheese platter are served as a beverage snack from a smaller plate to bigger serving trays. Various cutting techniques and arranging ingredients in a beautiful way may give an outstanding appearance and create a certain kind of atmosphere.

YUMMY!

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Pork Feet And Bean Stew

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 and half hour

Ingredients

  • Pork Feet 1 lb, washed and diced big
  • Black eyed beans 1/2 cup, washed and soaked in water overnight
  • Carrot ½ lb, peeled and diced big
  • Daikon Radish ½ lb, peeled and diced big
  • Onion Quarter pound chooped
  • Garlic 1 oz chopped fine
  • Ginger 1 oz chopped fine
  • Cilantro ½ bunch
  • Scallion ½ bunch
  • Tomatoes ½ lb roughly chopped
  • Cumin powder 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 1/2 tsp
  • Canola oil 1 tbsp
  • salt ½ tbsp
  • black pepper ½ tsp
  • szechuan peppers ½ tsp
  • Water 2 liters

Directions

  • heat up a saucepan, put half teaspoon of oil
  • add pork feet, sear it off
  • add beans and vegetables, cook until their moisture dries out
  • add water leaving just ½ cup for sauce
  • bring it to boil
  • skim off the cloud, lower the heat to low
  • add cooked sauce, salt and peppers
  • garnish with scallion and cilantro

Directions for Sauce

  • heat up a saucepan, add ½ tbsp of oil
  • add onion, garlic and ginger, cook until brown
  • add tomatoes, water, turmeric, and cumin powder
  • turn down the heat to medium low, and cook the sauce for another 5 minutes while stirring

 

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