For a totally different take on the basic roasted chicken thigh, enter Louisa Shafia's Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime from The New Persian Kitchen. This super-simple braised dish is bright, tangy, and brilliantly yellow—it's a far cry from most muddled braised chicken dishes and even further from the typical roasted bird.
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This is a skewered, simpler version of Thai-style turmeric-scented grilled chicken that greatly reduces the time it would take you to grill a whole chicken as traditionally done. The flavor is not compromised, however.
Turmeric, along with cumin and cinnamon, gives intense flavor and color to this Moroccan tagine of lamb shank, caramelized onion, and green olives, served over a bed of fluffy couscous.
Green peas are tossed with sweet, soft onions and pungent, earthy turmeric toasted in olive oil. Simple, bold flavors that make an impression.
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.
[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] This is not your typical chicken and rice dish, but it may be my new favorite. The chicken is cooked two ways: first braised on the bone in rich coconut milk, steeped in turmeric and chile; then...
This recipe for Lemon and Goat Cheese Ravioli is one of the most vibrant recipes in Plenty, both visually and taste-wise. The fresh pasta dough includes both turmeric and lemon zest, hence the bright, beautiful yellow. Once rolled out (surprisingly simple thanks to Ottolenghi's food processor dough method) it's stuffed with soft, mild goat cheese given a little kick from red and black pepper.
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