India: Samosa Recipe

A samosa /səˈmsə/ or samoosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils Samosachutneyand also with ground meat (lamb, beef or chicken).[1] They may or may not also contain pine nuts. The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa[2]) prior to the 10th century.[3] They were introduced to Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan) during the Muslim Delhi Sultanate when cooks from Middle East and Central Asia migrated to work in the kitchens of the Sultan and the nobility. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular or tetrahedral in shape. Indian samosas are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by a mint sauce or chutney.

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Authentic Chai Recipe

Tradition way of drinking chai tea in clay cups.

Mighty Leaf-The history of chai tea dates back 5,000 years to the ancient courts of Siam and India. Legend has it that a king concocted a recipe in a quest to create a healing beverage. After that, authentic chai tea was used in the healing tradition of “ayurveda” alternative medicine. Along with massage, herbs, yoga and other healing elements, chai tea was consumed to naturally heal the body beginning in the Vedic period in India. The popularity of chai tea spread throughout South Asia and far into the Western World, continuing its growth today.

Chai in eastern India is noted for the clay cups in which it is served. The clay adds an earthy flavor that underlies the spicy overtones.

Recipe for Chai from PBS Kitchen Explorers

Ingredients

4 cups water
2 teaspoons loose assam tea
4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
2 whole cinnamon sticks, broken
10 whole cloves, smashed
3 cups milk
sugar or other sweetener, to taste

SPICED MILK RECIPE FOR ONE

1 cup milk

small pinch of cardamon powder

small pinch of cinnamon

small pinch of cloves

small pinch of ginger

1 teaspoon honey

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North America: History of Johnny Cake & Recipe

Johnnycake (also jonnycake, johnny cake, journey cake, shawnee cake and johnny bread) is a cornmeal flatbread that was an early American staple food and is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica. The food probably originates from the native inhabitants of North America. It is still eaten in the West Indies, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Colombia, and Bermuda as well as in the United States.

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Johnnycakes are a type of unleavened cornbread made of cornmeal, salt, and water. The dough was set on a wooden board or barrel stave and placed at an angle in front of an open fire to bake.Hoecake was traditionally cooked on a hoe: “Hoe-Cake: A cake of Indian meal, baked before the fire. In the interior parts of the country, where kitchen utensils do not abound, they are baked on a hoe; hence the name.”
In the American south during the 18th century versions were made with rice or hominy flour and perhaps cassava.[19] A 1905 cookbook includes a recipe for “Alabama Johnny Cake” made with rice and ‘meal’.

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Indian Egg Bread Recipe

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What is the concept of French toast but not? Indian Egg Bread.  It is similar but minus the sweet flavor.  Think savory.  While staying at a friend of mine’s home a British woman of Indian descent, her older son offered me his stab at Egg Bread.  Below is a recipe from Spark Recipes.  Click on their website for nutritional facts.  If you are conservative with flavors then go with merely egg, salt & pepper. 

Jari’s Indian Egg Bread Recipe

Ingredients

1 Egg White
1 Egg, large
2 tbsp Chili powder
Salt to taste
Pepper, black, 1 dash
2 slices Whole wheat bread
Scallions (spring onions) optional
1 green chili

Directions
Beat egg until light and fluffy. Stir into the egg mix onions, chilli powder, salt, black pepper , green chili and Scallions. Dip bread into the mixture until the egg covers it and it is well saturated

Heat a non-stick frying pan. Place bread in the pan cook until golden brown.

I sometimes make a sandwich, buy placing cheese between the bread.