Spinach burek

Burek-Borek-Budek-Banitsa-pie: Some little twists that ought to be documented for posterity:

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Spinach banitsa

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Everything just like the original, but with spinach and a little green onion — 1 pound, and 3: More of both wouldn’t hurt — the veggies give it a nice body.  This is the only way to make a pita/pie/burek/banitsa…  Two leaves work fine, though, obviously, don’t always hold back the bursts.  Note that — three (3) — is probably the optimal number to use per roll.

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3 easy pieces

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After vowing to steer clear of indian dishes for a while…  Well, there we were at Patel Bros. with papdi in our hands.  So it goes, but rather simply this time, reverting to a favored few, and fortunately, fairly easy dishes.

Methi malai, finally done right — how does the mud adhere to the fenugreek so firmly?  Other than the forty rinses, a fairly straightforward preparation.

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Likewise palak paneer, though, blender failure continues to be an issue:  What sort of blender is unable to blend tomatoes?  Or, onion?  Spinach?  Future purchase should be considered.

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Lastly, the papdi chaat.  The only fussiness with this is making fresh chutneys.  No black salt, so not quite right — but quite alright!

A terribly tasty trio.

Veg. recipes of India

Tried and true, stick with whatcha doMom’s birthday feast: Onion pakora, samosa, lauki kofta, palak paneer, and methi mushroom – served with naan, of course.

All but the pakora from VegrecipesofIndia, one of the finest, best documented and extensive collections of recipes around.

The methi was somewhat lost in the mushrooms, though, still good. Her palak and the samosas are the best version we’ve had, and the often raved Lauki Kofta is one of the most outstanding dishes ever tried. Made this time with butternut squash – absolutely, ridiculous match for the spices and the sauce. Outstanding.

Birthday desert was a mound of Ari’s famous chocolate cookies – Grandma’s favorite! Presented with aflame candle atop!

Fantastic feast if photo failed – parents pleasantly surprised by the least peculiar meal they’ve ever had ahome.