Lamb Keema Matar: Minced Meat Curry with Peas

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Ground Lamb and Peas Curry

Keema Matar (ground meat and peas curry) is one of my favorite Indian dishes.  Not only is it incredibly comforting but it’s also really quick and inexpensive to prepare.  When I think I have nothing in the house to make for dinner, I almost always end up making Keema Masala.  I mean, who doesn’t have a pound or two of ground meat stuffed some place in their freezer?

I used lamb.  Traditionally, I believe, ground mutton or lamb is used; but you could also use ground beef, turkey, chicken or even venison to make this curry. This is really a versatile recipe, as most Indian recipes are, and the leftovers can be transformed into many different dishes. Continue reading

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Indian Snack Bars (Indian-Inspired Rice Krispie Treats)

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Indian-Inspired Rice Krispie Bars

Traditional American rice krispie bars have always been one of my favorite snacks.  Especially if they’re of the peanut butter variety!  Some of my earliest memories center around the simple–yet delicious–rice krispie bar.  It’s true.  I remember stirring the pot of melting marshmallows on my grandmother’s stove-top while my aunt, Patty, supervised–well over 20 years ago! (Man, I’m getting old…)

My husband, being the picky guy he is, doesn’t love the simple rice krispie bar the way I do.  In fact, he flat-out dislikes them.  Crazy, I know.  Determined to make him love the sweet and crunchy snack-bar, I decided to make a version with flavors I knew he’d love.

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Mini Vegetarian Korma Pies with Whipped Coconut Cream for National Pie Day!

Mini Korma Pies

Mini Korma Pies

I’ve had a lot of requests for this recipe, and I’m not really sure why I haven’t posted it. But hey, it’s never too late…right?

I created this recipe for a pie contest that was held way back in September.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but that’s okay.  You see, I made 300 little pies the night before because Piyush and I had to transport them to Minneapolis by early afternoon the next day.  Living a couple hours away from Minneapolis, I knew I wouldn’t have time to prep and travel the day of.   Continue reading

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian)

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Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala

When I was cleaning out my freezer the other day I noticed I had a few (forgotten) packs of paneer.  Paneer, a fresh Indian cheese made with whole milk, is one of my all-time favorite ingredients.  It’s a great vegetarian (not dairy-free) source of protein and can be used in many different ways. Continue reading

The “Lost” Recipes: The Meals That Never Made it

Today I was going through my old camera’s memory disk and found a few gems.  I thought I’d share a couple photos of some of the recipes  that for one reason or another never made it on the blog.

Apparently I’m getting quite forgetful–or, I’m just incredibly lazy–because there were quite a few that I remember tasting really good that I never posted; and now it’s been so long, I can’t find my recipe notes!  Hopefully these recipes will make their appearance (recipe and all!) soon!

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Curd Rice, the perfect Indian side-dish!

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My Fancy Pantry in the Post Bulletin!

Today my blog makes it’s grand debut in the Rochester Post Bulletin.

If you’re visiting My Fancy Pantry for the first time, after reading the paper, Welcome!  I’m happy to have you here!

Please look around.  You can find a list of all recipes on my blog at the top of the page, right under the header (Recipe Index).

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The recipe for Chicken Masala that was included in the article can be found HERE.

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Besan Chillas: Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Veggies & Shrimp (can be made vegan!)

**This recipe can easily be made Vegetarian or Vegan**

I mentioned, a few days ago, about using leftover Indian Spiced Shrimp (recipe HERE) to make my husband a special, savory Indian-inspired breakfast.  Now, if you don’t eat shrimp, are looking for a vegan option, or are hoping to find a gluten-free alternative to pancakes, this recipe is very flexible and will definitely suit your needs–and your taste-buds!

This recipe came about because I was craving carbs.  That’s the simple truth.  I wanted carbs, and I wanted them now.  More specifically, I wanted pancakes.  Big, fluffy pancakes.  But, because I’m trying to eat healthy and watch my waistline (a never ending battle!), I thought I’d replace regular flour with besan flour (flour made from ground chickpeas).

Chickpeas are healthy, right?  I am always so amazed by how many different things you can make with the humble chickpea!  I’ve made everything from Indian spiced hummus, to curries, to pies!  Yes, a pie made out of chickpeas!  A chai-flavored chickpea pie, to be exact.

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recipe not yet posted…sorry! It will be eventually. 🙂

I wanted to increase the protein and fiber in my pancake, so I added chopped left-over shrimp and vegetables.  It was settled, I knew what was for breakfast.  Even better, I had left-over garlic and coriander raita to slather on top!

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Besan Chilla…smothered in garlic and cilantro raita and sprinkled with chopped coriander

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