not another food blog…..uffffffffffffffffff!

Oh NO not one more blog or food blog….ufffff…Good God! who will have time to read this…. I wonder….but if you are reading this, you obviously make the time and take the time, as you share my passion with food, culture, people and places. Although I must say that most of my mumblings will be about food, my kind of food……. a twisted fusion between India & Scandinavia and Swedish to be precise and all things between….infused with how things around me inspire me to make food this way…my way….

sanjoo in da kitchen

I must admit that I have been struggling to come up with a name that really represents my food…maybe something I can let my readers decide for themselves….. at one brain-juggling session with my friends Taneli & Shirin, we came to the conclusion that the cuisine should be called “svea masala” and the concept “dill & chutney”…… After attending a reception hosted by the Indian Embassy another name came up called Sambandha. The word Samband is common to all Nordic languages and means connection, while the word Sambandha means relationship in Sanskrit. This is perfect! Here we have a word that really connects to the old Indo-European group of languages and connects us. I don´t know if this is it but atleast it’s a start towards a new journey where I will try and “samband” my knowledge of India food and spices with my knowledge of Scandinavian food and traditions to create a new “sambandha” between our cultures…through my twisted food…enjoy:)

Here is my first recipe that has its background from my first days in Sweden, at Stockholm University…….

Moose Meatball curry

Ingredients for making the Moose Balls

Serves 4

 500 g moose mince
1 onion
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 medium sized boiled potatoes
0.5 tsp white pepper
0.5 dl cream
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1  egg yolk
1 tablespoon garlic and ginger, finely chopped
2 juniper berries, finely crushed
rapeseed or canola oil

Ingredients for the sauce
2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 cm fresh ginger, finely chopped (about 0.5 cups)
1 piece red pepper / chilli, finely chopped (determining the strength itself)
0.5 tbsp salt
0.5 tbsp Madras curry powder (hot) or if you prefer regular curry powder
2 tablespoons paprika
0.5 tbsp garam masala
40 g almonds, peeled and chopped
200 g canned tomatoes or fresh, chopped
2 cups sour cream (regular or with Herbes de provence)
0.5 cup parsley, chopped
1-2 cups red wine
Olive oil

The actual cooking…..

-Peel and chop the onion.
-Add garlic and ginger.
-Fry everything in oil in skillet 3-4 minutes.
-Mix all ingredients into a batter in a large bowl.
-Shape small meatballs with your hands. Take a little oil or water on your hands if dough gets too sticky.
-Fry in canola oil in a medium hot pan until they are cooked through.

Making the Sauce:
-Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

-Saute onion, garlic, ginger and chilli for 3-4 minutes until they start browning.
-Reduce down the heat and add salt, curry powder, garam masala and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes for the spices to add flavor.
-Add the finished meatballs and ensure that they are mixed with the base for a few minutes.
-Add the almonds, tomatoes and sour cream and stir.
-Add the parsley and finally wine (to taste your way) and let everything mix and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes. Stir periodically.
-Turn off heat and allow pan to remain on the heat for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with rice or potatoes, a salad and a yoghurt dip. If you would like a GI meal replace the carbs with boiled vegetables like brocolli or any other of your choice.

Bon Appetit!!!!

p.s this blog is work in progress and all might not work as it should or could…

4 Responses to “not another food blog…..uffffffffffffffffff!”
  1. Lindy says:

    So excited to try to your recipe, thanks Sanjoo!
    And great name Sambandha – love the concept and message!

  2. Steven says:

    Looking forward to reading about some new excellent recipes!

  3. petra says:

    Can I find moose in London?

  4. sanjoomal says:

    Hi Petra,

    Why don´t you check at the Burroughs Market? Alternatively you could also make the meat balls with regular minced meat of your choice or if you have friends visiting from Sweden maybe they can bring you some älg minced meat:)

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