Being born and raised in New Orleans, I had a few opportunities to enjoy Jambalaya (only a "few" since nearly all recipes require pork products). More recently, I learned Jambalaya may have roots in Muslim history, being related to the Spanish dish paella. Paella originates from the 10th century when rice was first cultivated by … Continue reading Halal Cajun/Creole Jambalaya!
Spice-rubbed Roasted Corn (Masala Bhutta). See the video at bottom of page. It should help clarify the technique used here. Commonly eaten as street food in India and Pakistan, this "masala bhutta" recipe elevates the flavor of roasted corn by rubbing it with lemon/lime and south asian spices. Credit goes my friend Ferhan who introduced … Continue reading Healthy spice-rubbed roasted corn (Masala Bhutta)
Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken After a recent trip to Hattie B's in Nashville, TN, I sought to reproduce their sweet and spicy flavors on the grill. Basically, I used our method of making (non) fried chicken on the grill, and after it was done, I "painted" it with the spicy oil. The below recipe is … Continue reading Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken
Uyghur Lamb Skewers. In the northwest part of China, the ethnically Uyghur people - who are religiously Muslim - have blended flavors from South Asia, the Middle East, and other regions of China. The below recipe (adapted from several recipes found online including this excellent one) results in a savory and spicy lamb that leaves … Continue reading Uyghur (Muslim Chinese) Lamb Skewers
Shish Taouk is a traditional chicken kabob best cooked on the grill. This dish - served at nearly every Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant - has a lemony-garlic punch, pairing well with smokey flavors from the grill. I've been perfecting the below recipe for the years. The recipe is easy enough to make at home and doesn't … Continue reading Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs: Shish Taouk
Hunter Pit Beef My mother-in-law introduced me to a Pakistani dish called "hunter beef," which is made by marinating "eye of round" beef in a tamarind paste for several days and then boiling the beef in a pot. I fused her recipe with Meathead's technique for Baltimore Pit Beef (also made from "eye of round"). By … Continue reading Hunter Pit Beef
Tandoori Turkey Breasts and Legs This is the third turkey recipe we tried this past Thanksgiving holiday. This one comes from our Tandoori Chicken Tikka recipe and includes a lemon-garlic butter baste similar to our other turkey recipe. Ingredients: 1 turkey breast (bone-in and skin-on) and 2 legs/drumsticks1/2 packet of Shan Tandoori Masala1/2 packet of Shan Chicken … Continue reading Tandoori Thanksgiving Turkey