Archive for February 12, 2013

Vegetable Momo

Everyone loves momos, but unfortunately for vegetarians, momos are usually made with meat. Here is a quick and easy vegetable momo recipe so that everyone can enjoy this delicious dish. This recipe makes about 100 momos. For this momo recipe, I chop all the vegetables using an electric chopper. (Hand model Namrata Dangol.)

Ingredients:
1 large cabbage
1 bunch of fresh, or 10oz  frozen spinach
1 bunch of green onions
2 large onions
1/2 tablespoon garlic paste
1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
3 teaspoons cumin powder
3 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 packs Wonton Wrappers
Salt to taste

Directions:
1.Prepare all vegetables. I use an electric chopper but if you don’t have one, you could just cut by hand (make sure to chop vegetables into very small pieces, so that it doesn’t penetrate the momo wrapper.) DSC_3212-001
2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients. DSC_3213-0013. Mix all the ingredients together. DSC_3221-0014. Take a spoon full of vegetable mixture and place it in a wrapper. (Make sure to wet the edges of the wrapper with water before hand to make it easy to stick them together.) DSC_3229-0015. Bring two corners together and stick them.   DSC_3230-0016. Bring other two corners together and stick them with the rest. DSC_3231-0017.  Squeeze the edges of the momo wrapper tightly to ensure a good seal. This is how it should look although many other types are also made.DSC_3226-0018. Steam them over boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes. DSC_3237-0019. Once they are ready, the wrapper begin to look transparent. DSC_3249-00110. Enjoy momo with yummy momo sauce. DSC_3264-001

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Eggless Quick Easy Khapse (Bullu)

Happy Loshar! May this new year bring joy and happiness to everyone! This khapse is very simple and easy to make compared to other khapses. This recipe makes about 6 large khapses (make sure to share one with a friend, or lover since it is the Valentine’s day). DSC_3032-001

Ingredients:
3 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup milk
3 tbs melted butter
Vegetable Oil to deep fry
Powder sugar to garnish

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients to make a batter. I use an electric mixer to make it easier. DSC_2974-001DSC_2975-001

DSC_2984-0012. Pour the batter into a Ziploc bag. Make sure to use a good quality Ziploc bag so that it doesn’t break, or use a squeeze bottle instead. I add 1/2 cup at a time. DSC_3011-0013. Heat oil in a large pan. Once the oil is hot, add batter into the hot oil. Make sure to make a large circle in the beginning as a base. And then add other circles or patterns to make intricate details. (Make sure to adjust temperature to keep oil enough to fry the khapse but not so hot that it burns quickly.) DSC_3016-001DSC_3026-0013. Once one side is brown, flip to the other side and cook until that side is brown as well.DSC_2994-0014. Remove from the oil and drain excess oil using a paper towel. DSC_2998-001DSC_2997-0015. Sprinkle white sugar on top to garnish and enjoy with friends and family. Happy Loshar everyone! DSC_3044-001Here is a video on how to make this khapse.

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Seattle

I don’t seem to be able to focus on my work right now, so I decided to blog about my Seattle trip and food in Pike Place Market. Seattle is one of my favorite cities to visit, mostly because of Pikes Market :) I probably won’t like to live there due to gloomy weather in the winter, but never say never. In summer, however, Seattle is just wonderful. Pikes Market is full of colors and varieties of foods and fruits which is exciting. I have visited Pikes Market more than 10 times, but this is the first time I went on my own and explored the area alone. “S” had to attend a conference at Fred Hutch, so I went to explore the city by myself. The hotel we stayed in had a bus service which made it easier to get around which is nice because I hate finding parking in big cities. I explored Pikes Market until they closed everything. It was really interesting since I had never seen how the market looks when there is nobody there. I also discovered that if you buy things at the last minute, most vendors are willing to give a discounted price. Here are few pictures from our trip.

Beautiful sunflowers on the way to Seattle.

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One of the good things about Pikes Market is that you can just snack on things all day, which I did :) Piroshky is relatively cheap and it fills you up.

616937_3747375676144_1851531539_oHere is a guy with fancy tattoo making piroshky. I plan to post a recipe of this. 580977_3747374476114_499547855_nI also tried clam chowder from Jack’s Fish. I think I have had better clam chowder, but other things like prawns and oysters are really good here. 313968_3747381516290_854766644_n

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I just love the colors of these flowers. 562668_3747390636518_1714348061_n 561256_3747394156606_1756005469_n 555705_3747378756221_1220100447_n 409644_3747382596317_1176085355_n 389034_3747386716420_1328385928_n 378186_3747380236258_1662743341_n 165831_3747384436363_423180905_nSince I got to eat a lot of good food and Sam was at the conference eating conference food, I decided to make fresh shrimp and fruit salad for him. So, I bought raspberries, blueberries, lettuces and shrimp from Pikes Market. All of these, with the exception of shrimp ($20), were under $5. I got two packs of lettuce for $1 and two small boxes of blueberries and raspberries for $3.561012_3747392516565_1752267455_n 418196_3747376516165_2053181490_n 376185_3747393196582_1478930119_nHere is a wonderful salad I made in the hotel. It was so yummy and fresh. I bought this bowl and salad dressing from World Market. 488099_3747396676669_1707016451_nThe next night, we ate at a Bolivian restaurant. It is located above Pikes Market. 376609_3747425557391_504149669_n 295455_3747430557516_954138324_nI wasn’t impressed with what I ordered. It was some sort of soup, totally bland. 549086_3747429917500_1586399767_nThis chicken was not so good either. I don’t remember the prices, but it was not cheap for sure. As my dad would say, business gone bad. I think we might have to go to Bolivia someday to try real Bolivian food. 295455_3747430557516_954138324_nTheir salad was excellent. Sam and I both loved it. It had white vinegar dressing. So, I bought one for myself. 487687_3747429557491_1356086223_nWe also tried Thai food. It was alright. If you want to try a simple Thai curry at home, visit Sherpanichef Thai curry. Have fun eating till my new post!547699_3796676588636_2056235487_n 484622_3796677148650_1333612049_n 427059_3796677508659_1187827458_n

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