Beet Chutney (from Alice Water's Vegetables)
Toss 4 whole red beets with a splash of olive oil and salt. Cover and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes to 1 hour until cooked through. Let cool, peel and cut in 1/8" dice.
Combine beets with 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger, 2 tsp. finely chopped serrano peppers, 1 Tbs. vegetable oil, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground pepper, 1 Tbs. finely chopped cilantro, 1 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. lime juice and 1/4 tsp. cayenne. Beet chutney is a tasty way to use beets and adds a nice punch of flavor to the other dishes.
Cucumber Raita (from 1000 Indian Recipes)
Mix together 2 cups plain yogurt, 2-4 cucumbers seeded and diced, 1 large tomato finely chopped, 1 fresh green chile minced, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 1/2 tsp. paprika, cilantro and mint.
Okra w/ potatoes and tomatoes
I am not a fan of okra. But, I found this recipe that makes it tasty. I think pre-baking the okra helps cut down on the slime factor.
1 1/2 pounds okra cut into 1/2 inch pieces tossed with vegetable oil and salt. Broil 3-5 minutes, then bake at 450 degrees 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
Peel and chop 2-3 yukon potatoes. Boil in salted water for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. In a mortar and pestle mash 1/2 tsp. garlic and 1/2 tsp ginger.
Heat 1 Tbs. oil in skillet. Add 1 small onion coarsely chopped. Cook 5 min. Add potato and cook 3 minutes. Add ginger garlic paste, 1-3 minced green chiles, 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and okra. Cook 5 min.
Add 1 Tbs. ground coriander, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp. salt and cook 5-7 mintes. Transfer to serving bowl.
Add 15-18 pear or grape tomatoes sliced in half to the hot pan to deglaze, about 2 minutes. Add them to the serving dish and tope with 1/4 tsp. garam masala.
Pan-Fried ground meat kebabs
In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat add 2 Tbs. chickpea flour and stir until golden. Transfer to a small bowl. Add 1 Tbs. coriander seeds to skillet and heat until fragrant and toasted. Add to bowl. Do the same with 3/4 tsp. cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp. whole black pepper. Add whole spices to mortar and pestle and pound until ground.
In a bowl add 1 pound ground beef and add ground spices, chick pea flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 firm roma tomato diced. Mix together.
Make 8 very thin 1/4" thick patties. Add oil to skillet and cook over medium high heat 1-2 minutes each side. Serve hot.