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Spices and Seasons – Ginger Tea and Pistachio Cardamom Cookies
Posted By Rinku Bhattacharya On January 7, 2013 @ 10:30 am In Cooking,Features,Food Links We Love,Recipes,Spices and Seasons | No Comments
Into the first week of the New Year, I hope that your year has started on a right note. I want to take a minute to wish you and yours a wonderful New Year. Let us hope that it is a delicious and peaceful one. I am still on vacation until the end of the week and have to confess, I have mixed feelings about getting into the so called swing of things.
Finding foods this time of the year is interesting, we have just come through days of feasting and heavy and hearty foods and so somewhere we yearn for something just a little lighter, however the to colder weather beckons to us to continue with comfort foods, foods that satisfy the soul and make us feel warm and comforted.
If you love your cup of tea like I do, you will also want to through in a small hint of spice and then probably want something that pairs well with this warm and spicy drink.
Yes, what tends to call my name on a cold morning or evening is a well brewed cup of ginger tea with these delicate, lightly sweetened cardamom infused cookies that are called nankhaties as in NAAN-kha-ties. I am fussy about my brand and breed of tea, however with the ginger tea, I can make some exceptions any decent back leaf tea works. It does have to be brewed and you do need to use freshly grated ginger .
A cardamom scented eggless shortbread cookie with pecans and pistachios.
The shortbread cookies are very delicate and tend to have a light sandy consistency, which is sometimes created with the use of semolina, in this recipe I have actually added in some coarsely powdered pecans to get the same effect.
The melt in your mount consistency of the cookies actually are created by the fact that they tend to cook very lightly and they do need to be watched quite a bit while this is happening since they tend to burn easily.
When they are removed from the oven, then are soft and tend to turn crisp in a few minutes. The best temperature to serve these is warm, however the cardamom flavor does intensify the next day. They store well in an air-tight container and keep well for a few weeks, if not longer.
Yes, so this post showcases some other uses of two spices we have talked about – ginger and cardamom. Any ideas for what spices we should be talking about in the next few weeks,
A delicate eggless shortbread cookie, seasoned with cardamom and laced with ground pecans.
Rinku Bhattacharya is the author of the blog, Cooking in Westchester , where she shares her life experiences, original recipes that combine Indian spices with produce from her backyard and local farmers markets. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past six years, and has found her classes a great way to teach and learn.
Her cookbook Bengali Five Spice Chronicles with over 180 simple India recipe offers an insight into the cuisine of eastern India. Rinku can be found on facebook , twitter and pinterest .
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 freshly grated ginger: http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/05/28/spices-and-seasons-ginger-and-blueberries/
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 cardamom flavor : http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/07/02/spices-and-seasons-colors-and-green-cardamom/
 Cooking in Westchester: http://www.cookinginwestchester.com
 her classes : http://www.cookingwithrinku.com
 Bengali Five Spice Chronicles : http://www.amazon.com/The-Bengali-Five-Spice-Chronicles/dp/0781813050
 facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cookinginwestchester
 twitter : http://www.twitter.com/wchestermasala
 pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rinkub