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Playing with Spices in 2 Indian Inspired Dishes. Yum.

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By Raquel Teixeira
Posted Sep 2, 2011 in Food
I have an absolute love affair with spices. The more the better! It just brings so much complexity to a dish and the way it makes my house smells is amazing...however, if I could give you one tip, it is to close your closets people, no need to smell like spiced meat wherever you go. People don't find that becoming.
I found one Indian inspired potato dish on All Recipes and really wanted to try it but had no idea what to pair it with. I read some reviews and basically searched the spices and found a complimentary pork recipe that utilized the same spices.
I loved both of the recipes (with my modifications which we all know by now means MORE GARLIC :P) but my traditional Portuguese father was a little scared of the smells and flavours. He still ate it though so that says a lot for the skeptics out there.
So, please give these spicy recipes a try but close your closets! You've been warned.
Aloo Phujia
Ingredients
1 onion, chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 large can of diced tomatoes (approx a cup)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp coriander
salt and pepper to taste
Parsley to garnish
Directions
Put the potatoes in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5 minutes to soften the potatoes.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat, add oil.
Brown the onions and garlic for a few minutes until they soften.
Add the potatoes and all the spices and mix thoroughly. Let them cook for 10 minutes, mix the potatoes every couple minutes to ensure all sides brown.
Spicy potatoes cooking away...
Spicy potatoes cooking away...
Add diced tomatoes and let it simmer on low for another 10-15 minutes (taste at the mid-point and determine if you want to add more spices...I added. )
Aloo Phujia
Aloo Phujia
Garnish with parsley and enjoy! A glass of milk pairs nicely with this spicy dish or even better, beer! Beer and spicy food is a phenomenal team. :)
Coriander and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops
Ingredients
4 boneless pork loin chops
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp chili powder
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
ground black pepper to taste
Directions
Mix all the spices with the olive oil into a paste. Rub this mixture all over the pork chops. Practice your massaging skills.
Let it marinate for 4 hours or more.
Porks marinating in a spiced rub
Porks marinating in a spiced rub
Heat an indoor or out door grill to medium high heat.
Scrape off excess paste before grilling.
Cook the chops for about 3 minutes the first side and then only about 1-2 minutes the other side so they are still a tad pink and wonderful on the inside.
Grilling pork chops!
Grilling pork chops!
Let them rest for a few minutes covered in foil.
Coriander and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops
Coriander and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops
Now Mangia, Mangia! I know, I know, I just cooked Indian inspired food and told you to eat in Italian - so what? Just try the recipe. :)

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