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Dairy Indian Recipes To Spice Up Your Menu


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Just in case you didn’t notice, you can actually sort by cuisine on this site.  So, when you are in the mood to try something different or something not so different, in any cuisine we got you covered.  Today, we were thinking it might be fun to travel to India.  In Indian cooking they use a lot of dairy.  Whether it be in the flavorful clarified butter, Ghee, they use in most their dishes, the cream or the paneer cheese, a Dairy Indian menu is a wonderful way to spice up your Shavuot, especially since these foods sit well (think Indian buffet).

You can definitely substitute regular butter for Ghee, but there would be something missing and if you are going dairy, go all out.  Ghee is a clarified butter that you might find in the store, but is just as easy to prepare at home.  To prepare ghee, butter is melted in a pot over medium high heat. The butter begins to melt, forming a white froth on top. It is then simmered, stirring occasionally and the froth begins to thin slowly and the color of the butter changes to a pale yellow shade. Then it is cooked on low heat until it turns a golden color. The residue solids settle at the bottom and the ghee, which is now clear, golden and translucent and fragrant, is ready. The ghee is then filtered, and it will solidify when completely cool. Ghee can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration, provided it is kept in an airtight container.  (from Wikipedia) For a step by step photo guide to making your own Ghee check this out.

On to Paneer, the delicate, soft cheese abundant in Indian cooking.  It actually looks a lot like tofu and for a meat meal can easily substitute, but of course it will lack the creamy depth of flavor that comes from paneer.  To make your own paneer all you need is Whole Milk, lemon juice and cheesecloth.  Check out the recipe with gorgeous pictures here.

Now that we have the ghee and paneer you might still need a quick trip to the spice market for mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and the list could go on, check the recipes you choose before you go. If you buy them whole they last longer.

Check out all our Indian recipes here and this is a selection of dairy recipes to get you started.

Griddle Cooked Corn Flatbread

Cucumber Raita

Spicy Vegetable Stew with California Raisins (Sambhar)

Palak Paneer


Apple Raisin Chutney-Filled Brie (Sev Paneer)

Almond Orange Cardamom Cookies

Have you cooked Indian before? Let us know any recipes you are looking for dairy, meat or parve.  We plan to have more Indian menus and other cusine centered menus to come.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




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