Monthly Archives: July 2012

Kari nu Shak(Mango Curry)


  • 2                 ripe mangoes
  • 2                 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5                 curry leaves
  • 1/2              tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2              tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1                 tbsp green masala
  • 1                 tsp dhana jeera (coriander & cumin) powder
  • 1                 tsp salt
  • 1/2              tsp red chili


  1. Rinse and cut the mangoes into about 1-1/4 inch cubes.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. 
  3. Add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds.
  4. Add the cubed mango with the pips, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 
  5. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 10 min.
  6. Serve with Chapatti.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Soup

Prep time: 15 min

Total: 45 min

Serves 4


  • 1                   tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1                   6-in tortilla, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 1                   leek, thinly sliced
  • 2                   peppers, chopped
  • 2                   celery stalks, chopped
  • 3                   garlic cloves, minced
  • 1                   tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/4                tsp hot-red-chili  flakes
  • 1/4                tsp nutmeg
  • 1                   cube chicken bouillon
  • 2                   skinless boneless chicken breasts or
  • 4                   skinless, boneless chicken thighs, excess fat  
  •                      trimmed       
  • 1                   cup frozen corn nib lets
  • 2                   limes
  • 1/2                cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  1. Heat a  very large, wide pot over medium heat.  Add  2 tsp oil.  Add tortilla strips.  Cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, 2 to 3 min.  Remove to a paper- towel-lined plate. Add remaining 1 tsp oil to pot.  Add leek.  Cook, stirring frequently, until leek softens slightly, 1 min.  Add peppers and celery.  Cook until vegetables begin to caramelize 12 min.  Add garlic and cook 1 min.  Stir in 3 cups of water and spices.  Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.  Stir in bouillon cube until dissolved.  Add chicken.  Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 6 min.
  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board.  Using two forks, shred chicken.  Then stir into soup along with corn.  Cook until corn is hot, about 2 min.  Stir in lime juice from one  lime, along with cilantro.
  3. Serve soup garnish with tortilla strips.
  4. Soup keeps well in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month.  If making ahead, stir in cilantro just before serving.

Shopping tip:

Bouillon cubes have just as much flavor as boxed chicken broth-and they’re more affordable and easier to store.