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Madhur Jaffrey's Shrimp Biryani

Biryani is a rice-based dish cooked with a whole mess of different spices, and usually, though not always, some kind of meat. When that meat is lamb or beef, it consequently takes some time to cook, which means I don't get to write about this dish too often. But this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey's At Home with Madhur Jaffrey solves that problem by using shrimp, so that this dish can be whipped up in less than hour with absolutely no shortcuts. More

Dinner Tonight: Salmon in a Bengali Mustard Sauce

Normally, when I get my hands on a nice fillet of salmon I tend to treat it like a steak, keeping it whole and cooking it over moderately high heat. So I was completely off balance when I began to cook this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey's At Home with Madhur Jaffrey. The fillet is cut into pieces, covered in a spicy rub, and then cooked gently in a mustard-loaded sauce. I mean, there's ground mustard and mustard seeds in this one! But I didn't worry too much; Jaffrey has never failed me before. More

Dinner Tonight: Potato and Pea Curry with Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger

I nearly lost it when I saw fresh peas at the farmers' market. I handed over my money as quickly as possible for the neon green specimens. Though properly enthused, I didn't exactly have a recipe. There are loads of options for peas and pasta, but few of them actually give the peas top billing. I didn't want them to be a minor component of some bigger dish; I wanted to showcase the fresh peas in the most dramatic way possible. More

Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Spinach

Don't let the recipe's name fool you. While Madhur Jaffrey isn't exactly lying about the contents of this dish from At Home with Madhur Jaffrey—there's both chicken and spinach—it's just that it doesn't tell the whole story. I thought briefly about changing the name, but where would I even begin? The spinach is flavored with garlic, onion, ginger, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, and cardamom. It comes out piquant and lively, yet still strangely soothing. It's so good, you might want to double the amount. More

Cook the Book: Yogurt with Pineapple

Sweet-tart pineapple is cooked down with a bit of sugar and shredded coconut that's blended with yogurt, chiles, toasted cumin and mustard seeds, then finished with caramelized shallots. When all of the elements come together, the relish is sweetly cooling at first with a surprising blast of heat in the end. It's reminiscent of a yogurt-dressed version of Mexican mangoes dusted with chile powder—sweet and spicy in the best possible way. More

Cook the Book: Corn with Aromatic Seasonings

I have a soft spot for creamed just about anything. Creamed spinach, creamed pearl onions, and don't even get me started on creamed corn. This Corn with Aromatic Seasonings from At Home with Madhur Jaffery is an absolutely gorgeous take on the Midwestern classic. I was torn about featuring the recipe (it'd be much better made with late summer corn) but my love for creamed corn made it impossible not to share. More

Dinner Tonight: Ground Lamb with Potatoes

"Nothing fancy here, only the homey and soothing," says Madhur Jaffrey in her book At Home with Madhur Jaffrey when prefacing this dish. That about sums it up. This dish isn't overly spicy or that rich. It's certainly not the dish to wow dinner guests. But it is comforting, and sometimes you're in that kind of mood. Pair this with rice and sauteed spinach and you have the makings of a really satisfying meal. More

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