Beef Stew Vietnamese Style

Once Again French Influence
Lemongrass, Star Anise, Cayenne  are Key Elements

Lemongrass, spice from Southeast Asia


The Vietnamese were not great Beef eaters before the arrival of the French colonists.  Later they developed a number of distinctive ways of using Beef, including Continue reading

Watermelon Chaat

Savory Fruit Salad
Watermelon Meet Jalapeño Meets Green Mangoes

This Pakistani savory salad combines Watermelon with Spices, Fruit Juices, and Mint Leaves. Refreshing and flavorful, especially Continue reading

Cabbage and Green Peas

Tomatoes,  Carraway and Coriander
A Purely Vegetarian Dish

Indian god Shiva NatarajaThis fragrant, vegetarian dish can be cooked in a microwave or in the usial way on top of the stove.  Adapted from Yamuna Devi. Continue reading

Eggplant with Tomatoes and Onion in Yogurt Sauce / Burani Banjan

An Afghan Approach to Eggplant

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

A very Central Asian approach to Eggplant.  A bit of work to prepare, but everyone seems to enjoy the final result.

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Cabbage and Green Peas गोभी और मटर

A Vegetarian Classic

Using cabbage to prepare Vietnamese dishes


This can be made with Ghee or Unsalted Butter.  And you can use frozen Peas. An Indian Vegetarian dish.

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Tikka Mixture टिक्का

Spicy Meat Served on Skewers
Ideal for the Grill

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal – Essential Ingredient in Penang Curry Paste

The term Tikka may be derived from the Hindi word tukra, meaning “spices.”  It is an Indian mix often used on boneless pieces of Continue reading

Peppery Chinese Cabbage Sichuan Style 辣 白菜

La Bai Cai

La Bai Cai

Peppery Cabbage Sichuan Style
La Bai Cai  辣 白菜



A popular appetizer that normally comes free in Sichuan restaurants.  It’s easy to make at home, and goes well with a variety of dishes, for example, Continue reading

Ginger Tomato Chutney

Good with Naan or Pita

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes


This Fusion recipe illustrates some of the ways Ginger can enhance the flavors of other foods, like the Tomatoes used to make this spread.  It would be good with Naan or Pita bread and can be made Continue reading

Fried Chicken with Lemongrass (Ga Xao Sa Ot)

Lemongrass Meets Cayenne Pepper
Caramelized Sugar Meets Fish Sauce

Cooking with lemongrass


This classic Vietnamese dish demonstrates the classic use of Caramelized Sugar in Vietnamese cuisine, as well as the roles Lemongrass and moderate amounts of Hot Red Pepper can play. This dish serves about 8.  Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo. The use of Nuoc Mam or Fish Sauce is also typical.

Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Cayenne Pepper

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