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Jun 152012


The Plot :  38 Power Foods Blog group

Summary : 38 Power Foods blog group will focus on one ingredient each week taking inspiration from the book ; Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients from the editors of the whole living magazine. Each week we all will come up with recipes, stories, articles to encourage eating nourishing food.

Co conspirators : 

Jill at Saucy Cooks;

Jeanette at jeanetteshealthyliving ;

Martha at Simply Nourished Living ;

Mireya at Myhealthyeatinghabits ;

Alyce at More time at the table ;

Sarah at everything in the kitchen sink;

Casey at BookCase foodie

Episode #1 – Artichoke. Shrimp stuffed artichokes to be precise.


It was a balmy spring afternoon at the pearl street mall in Boulder, Co. It was my very first spring in the United States. So I made most of it by being a weekend hiking warrior in the mornings and spending afternoons at the Pearl Street. One may question the philosophy behind the act, but I would assume that they never have experienced the charm of the place that is Boulder and the magic of pearl street in spring. It makes you do such leisurely things.

It was on one such balmy spring afternoon, while eating lunch out on the patio of a restaurant, I noticed a couple sitting at another table. Now don’t judge!  Some people are attractive and deserve to get a second look. If they don’t, they get disheartened.  Yus?

But I digress- I was not staring at the couple. It was what they had ordered or rather the guy had. And he very sweetly was explaining to his lady how to eat the dish. So on he went and broke off a pointy leafy thing from the green flower shaped thingy and dipped into something and seemed to be enjoying the bliss.

Curious, I called the server and asked her what the dish was. At first she looked at me like I had just dropped from another planet, then regaining her composure and probably deciding that I was a mere mortal from another country, explained the dish and how it was cooked and the procedure to eat it.

Not wanting to waste an opportunity to try out something absolutely new, I ordered it. To be honest, six years down the lane and I am still in love with artichokes. The eating process of a whole artichoke is sensuous,the taste earthy and buttery with just a twinge of bitterness and the experience quite intimate. I always make them on a date night in spring. I don’t know If they really are aphrodisiacs, but the eating process sure is.

I would eat these for that reason alone. They have the added bonus of being heart healthy ( in more than one way), aiding digestion,boosting liver function,and improving muscle function.

For today’s recipe of shrimp stuffed artichokes, I wanted to incorporate some spice but not completely overwhelm the taste. The use of turmeric and black pepper took the taste to a whole new level. With just a drizzle of home made ghee, it is the perfect beginning to many a wonderful gatherings.

And if you have never bought or cooked an artichoke by yourself – Here is a link you may find very useful.

Shrimp stuffed Artichokes with Indian spices

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Shrimp stuffed Artichokes with Indian spices


  • 2 large artichokes
  • 6 jumbo shrimp, deveined, peeled.
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread – made into bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2tsp ghee plus more to drizzle
  • 2 tsp black pepper crushed
  • 4 tbs finely diced red onions
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro
  • Some cheese – optional
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean, trim and boil the artichokes ( see the link above for instructions if you have never done this before)
  2. If your artichokes have stems, peel the rough layer and cook the remaining stem with the artichokes.
  3. Chop the shrimp, mix it with turmeric and salt and set aside for 10 – 15 minutes
  4. After boiling, let the artichokes drain on a wire rack while you make the stuffing and chop the stems.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400* F
  6. Heat the ghee, saute onions until pale in color
  7. Add in the shrimp, and cook until pink
  8. Now add in the bread crumbs, cilantro, artichoke stems, pepper and cook until everything is mixed well.
  9. Fill some of the mixture into the artichoke hearts and some of it between the leaves.
  10. Do not over stuff, you need to be able to taste the artichoke too. So less is more in this case.
  11. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 5- 6 minutes until the filling is crisp.
  12. * I added some cheese on top as well – to have a melty gooey kinda artichoke .
  13. Serve with some melty ghee on the side or drizzle it on top as soon as you get them out of the oven




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Comments (12)
  1. That is a great theme and starting with artichoke is a brilliant idea.

  2. That is a great theme! And artichoke are even though not my fav, it’s still something I enjoy once in a while.

  3. ohh dear !!!this looks awesome !!!!loved the stuffing !!!beautiful clicks n presentation dear !!!!!

  4. Those are the most beautiful stuffed artichokes I’ve ever seen. I could go for those right now!

  5. I learned something else new. Stuffing the artichoke makes sense and you get a pretty dish. I may just give it another try.

  6. Thanks Priti. I am sure you and V will love it.
    Radhika, You are kind, thanks!
    Thank you, Viviane – it means a lot coming from you.
    Katerina, Thanks much. You have a wonderful blog.
    Jill I promise I will make this for you when we meet next.
    Martha – It was a delicious discovery and I loved your take on them

  7. What a fun read and delicious looking stuffed artichoke. I’ve bookmarked it to try soon. I still remember my first stuffed artichoke experience when I was well into adulthood. What a delicious discovery it was.

  8. I want this! I want this now!! Ansh, this looks so incredibly delicious and your writing is so intimate and well….you!! Love this dish and love you too!

  9. Beautiful pictures and such a great way tp stuff artichokes!

  10. Marvelous dish, Ansh. Artichokes provide such a great palatte for interesting, delicious and healthy preparations like this one. Brava!

  11. This looks brilliant! 🙂 The picture tutorial is immensely helpful, thanks for the link and I can’t wait to check out this book and buy some artichokes on my way home.


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