Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Foods of India - Kheer

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Recipe: Kheer

Category Dessert
Region Northern and Central India
Also Called Payasam (in Southern India)
Descriptive English Name Indian Rice Pudding
Served Piping hot. Can also be refrigerated and served cold (not frozen).
Serves 4
Cooking Time 25 minutes

IntroductionIndia boasts of a variety of sweet desserts to pamper the sweet toothed. One of the most common desserts is a very simple preparation of rice and milk. This pudding, called "Kheer", is made with either toasted vermicelli or rice and is my favorite Indian dessert. No wedding or festival is complete without Kheer on the menu. This creamy and sweet stovetop pudding is fairly quick and easy to prepare.

Kheer recipes have evolved to suit regional and personal preferences. Every part of India has its own version of Kheer. The essential ingredients are milk and sugar, but you can vary your Kheer by replacing rice with vermicelli, semolina, and even carrot. Kheer made of almonds is also a popular variation.

Ingredients3 - 4 cups of whole milk, diluted with 1 - 2 cups of water (The proportion of water will determine the thickness of the Kheer.)
1 cup rice (it is best to use an Indian variety like basmati rice)
1 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon of dry roasted cashew nut pieces. (Cashew nuts can be substituted with almonds or pistachio)
1 teaspoon finely powdered elaichi (cardamom) seeds

Method- Boil the rice in the milk on a medium flame until the rice is cooked.
- Make sure you stir frequently; otherwise your milk may burn at the bottom of the vessel.
- Add the condensed milk, sugar, raisins, and nuts. Stir till the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens.
- Add the cardamom and serve hot.

Smart Tips- Give your Kheer a flavor of the East by sprinkling a few strands of saffron over it. You could also add slivered almonds and pistachios.
- If you do not want to slave in the kitchen, use cooked rice leftover from the previous meal. Make sure that your cooked rice did not have any salt in it.
- You can serve Kheer either piping hot or cold. Cold Kheer tastes divine with shavings of almonds and pistachios.
- If you are counting the calories, you can replace milk with a non-dairy product. Use sugar-free supplements instead of sugar and you have an instant low-cal dessert.
- Alternative natural sweeteners are honey and rice syrup.

At one extreme, Kheer can be as dense as shown in the adjoining picture. Usually Kheer is much more fluid than this, but some people prefer to keep cooking on low heat until the milk thickens. I prefer Kheer of a medium consistency, but my family members prefer very liquid Kheer -- the kind you could drink in a cup!

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Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy - Diabetic Friendly Recipe

This recipe comes from http://easydiabeticrecipes.net/ and is diabetic friendly.  Please check out the site for a lot more delicious recipes as well as other tips to stay healthy.

Fried Chicken With Creamy Gravy

chicken with gravy

cooking spray, non-fat
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
2 c crushed cornflakes
salt and pepper

4 T wheat flour
1 c chicken broth, fat-free
1/2 c evaporated skim milk
1 c skim milk
2 tsp Molly McButter
salt and pepper, to taste

Spray your skillet with the non fat cooking spray. Rinse chicken, then pound each chicken breast until thin, then dip in egg whites and roll in cornflakes. Place chicken in skillet and brown slowly, over low heat to keep from burning. Remove from skillet when thoroughly cooked and sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. Add flour to skillet and brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When flour is browned remove from heat.

In medium bowl, combine chicken broth, evaporated skim milk, regular skim milk, and butter. Using a whisk, add to flour in skillet while still removed from heat. Return skillet to medium heat and continue to stir until gravy thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bocuse d'Or - Team USA

Posters available for purchase!

The big international cooking competition is coming up January 29-30 2013 at the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France! Get your poster here of the American team headed by Chef Richard Rosendale and join in on the excitement! You may choose which poster you would like the one signed by just the American team or one where Chefs. Keller, Boulud, Bocuse, Rosendale, Siegel and members of the coaching staff have signed it.

You can watch the competition online at the Bocuse d'Or official website. The competition will begin to air at 9am-4pm Lyon time on the 29th (3am-10am EST) with the award ceremony on the 30th from 5:30-6:30pm Lyon time (11:30-12:30pm EST). America has never placed higher than 6th place in this world wide competition and we are hoping this will be our year to get to the top!

Support our team! Go USA!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chef Richard Rosendale - USA Team Captain

Richard Rosendale, CMC
Team Captain for USA in the International
Competition the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon France.
On his journey to the 2013 event.

Chef Richard Rosendale, CMC

Chef Richard Rosendale is getting ready for the upcoming international cooking event, the Bocuse D'Or in France, as the USA team captain.
Range is the word that comes to mind in describing America’s most recent Master Chef–range of talent, technique and travel venues. His passion for food and competition began as a high school sophomore when his team won a class cake baking contest. Always a team player, he was a member of Team USA in the Culinary Olympics 2002-2008, ACF Chef of the Year in 2005, and representative for Bocuse D’or 2013. 
All of these milestones he accomplished at only thirty-six years of age. His kitchens produce classical food as well as creations using hyper-modern techniques and sous-vide. Having traveled widely in North America, Europe, and Asia, the world’s cuisine has fueled a wide range of food options.
Make sure to check out his Facebook page here, and show your support for team USA!