Stuffed Artichokes

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Our long weekend plan has gone for a toss! Our plan was to see a new place, Portland to be precise. We wanted to visit the rose garden.. hike in the forest.. hangout by the waterfront.. Yes, those were our plans and it’s now cancelled. How can you possibly do such outdoor activities when the weather prediction is rain, rain and only rain. Seriously, somebody remind me which month is this?

Anyways, enough of whining.. I will have to find something to do and make this long weekend interesting. What about you guys? How’s your plan for the long weekend coming up?

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Since our plan to visit a new place didn’t work out, we thought of eating something new! Not that it’s the same feeling, but anyways 🙂 Eating something new intimidates me at times, especially if it’s seafood. We chose Artichoke and it didn’t freak me out. Yes, the texture is rough and the petals has spikes.. but it still looks so pretty like a green flower with a tint of purple shade.

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I got introduced to Artichoke only after I came to US. I never saw this vegetable in India. I have been planning to try this popular vegetable for a very long time and just a couple of days back, the plan was finally implemented. I was not very sure what to make out of the artichoke and then, after cracking my head and looking through recipes, I decided to try Sonia’s My Creative Flavors recipe .

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Stuffed Artichokes


  • 2 artichokes
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • a slice of lemon
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 to mato, roughly chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp chilly flakes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil, I used extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cut the stem at the bottom of the artichoke to make it stand.
  2. Using a very sharp knife, cut off 1/2 inch from top.
  3. The leaves of the artichoke have thorny tips. Trim them off using a scissor at about 1/2 inch.
  4. As soon as you are done trimming, take the lemon slice and rub it on the leaves and on top. This will help to retain the green color which can otherwise turn black.
  5. Spread the leaves a little apart and using a pairing knife or a spoon, remove the choke from the center . This will create a cavity where we will fill with the stuffing.
  6. In a bowl, mix breadcrumbs with oregano, thyme, parsley, chilly flakes, salt, pepper and about 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Pour the mixture in the center of the artichoke and sprinkle a little between the leaves as well.
  8. Next, we would need a deep pan to steam the artichokes in a water bath.
  9. In the deep pan, add chicken stock and roughly chopped vegetables(onion, carrot, tomato, green chilly and peas).
  10. Then, place the artichokes, add 1 cup water and cover the pan with a tight lid.
  11. Let it cook for about 40 mins in low heat.
  12. Remove artichokes from the pot and keep them aside.
  13. The vegetables in the pot should be boiled. Using a masher or food processor, mix them to form a thick sauce.
  14. Add the lemon juice sprinkle some chilly flakes and check for salt in the sauce. If required, add more.
  15. Pull the leaves from the artichoke.. dip it in the sauce and enjoy!

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Moment of truth.. I am yet to fall in love with Artichoke. We did enjoy it, but not a big fan yet 🙂

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  • Priya
    May 27, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    I tried making foods with artichokes just before two months, i got hooked to this wonderful veggie, stuffed artichokes looks super inviting and stunning..loving it..

  • BestOodles
    May 27, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    I love artichokes but could not get ideas other than steam so this recipe is great. I will try this!

  • Nishi
    May 27, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    This looks wonderful kankana. I have never tried Artichoke. I’ve got to see if I can find them at my place 🙂

  • Nandini
    May 27, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Wow! This is a wonderful recipe…I’d try it out.

  • Suzi
    May 27, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    These look yummy, I really like the sauce idea too for dipping. Thanks!! Hope you have a great weekend with or without the rain.

  • yummychunklet
    May 27, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    What pretty artichoke flowering! This recipe sounds delicious.

  • Raji
    May 27, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    This looks very interesting and appetising Kankana…but I haven’t tried artichoke yet…after seeing it here and in sonia’s place I am tempted to make these.

  • Joanne
    May 27, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Man, rain can be so super obnoxious! But I’m sure you’ll figure something out. These artichokes look delicious!

  • Faith
    May 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    I’ve never tried making my own stuffed artichokes but I really want to now! Thanks for the step by step pictures, they are really helpful!

  • Krithi
    May 27, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Superb recipe.. I havent tried artichoke at home…
    Event: Serve It-Chilled

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    May 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Very innovative and lovely recipe! Need to find Artichokes soon.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    May 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    These look fantastic!! I hope you’ll find something interesting to do this long weekend – have a good one!

  • aipi
    May 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Oh ~ I love artichokes and your stuffed ones are truly spectacular! I tried it once and by the time I was done cleaning one artichoke, all of it was in the trash so I gave up ~ lol ~ nice job!
    US Masala

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    yes those are pretty veggies and i haven’t trued them either, now its like i should give it a try…first pic is awesome!!

  • sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    May 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I know what you mean! it is raining outside here now! I mean may is almost over!
    I have not tried artichokes yet..I want to but my courage fails me everytime..
    Your creation looks heavenly

  • briarrose
    May 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I have yet to tackle the mighty artichoke. It looks so lovely stuffed though. Beautiful job.

  • Greedy Rosie
    Greedy Rosie
    May 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I confess, I am a LITTLE scared of artichokes. Maybe my plans for the weekend should be to get brave and stuff some artichokes. To be honest, I’m just pleased Mr G is home so that I can have a lie in!

  • jay
    May 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    I m speechless actually…well done with awesome result..hats off dear..:)

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    [email protected]
    May 27, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    This is one veggie I have never tried at home..eaten at Olive Garden and the taste..well..needs to be developed.Kudos for working with them, I find them so hard and spiky to look at.Love the third picture!

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    May 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Same here, always like the pics of artichoke, but never tried it…And well I guess I misread the workshop bit in some comment of yours (or someone named Kankana) on Dario’s blog!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      I submit my food photo for critic may be that’s how you saw my name there 🙂

    [email protected]
    May 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Sorry about your plans not coming through :(( … this rain is just awful.

    I love your photos, Kankana… beautiful recipe and presentation!

  • Aldy
    May 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Oooh, Absolutely beautiful! I’m a fan of artichokes and your gorgeous pics are making my mouth water 🙂 This goes on my to-try list.



  • Kimberley
    May 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I’ve been dying to make some stuffed artichokes before they’re gone. They’re a cool-weather coastal crop, which is perhaps why you never saw them in India. The sad truth about Oregon is that it’s usually cool and rainy right up until the beginning of July. Then, it’s the most amazing summer ever.

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    May 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Mmmm…I adore artichokes…but choose not to make them at home. I think they’re just too much of a pain. But I gladly eat them anywhere else!!

  • shabs
    May 30, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    OOooh !! very beautiful presentation kankana , I like artichokes but don’t like making them , I feel you have to just peel and peel and peel , it is too much work .

  • Rosa
    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    So scrumptious looking and sounding! The seasonings you used are fabulous. Yummy!



  • nisha
    May 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    i have always been apprehensive about artichokes…i mean they look absolutely pretty but im concerned when it comes to taste…u seem to have tackled it very the pics

  • Meghna
    May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    I have always shied away from Artichokes…. not sure why… I like your recipe especially the flavors you have used… and as always awesome clicks.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    May 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    What a lovely presentation and photos to make my mouth water! Wonderful dish, I really love it!!!!

  • tigerfish
    May 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    The one thing I don’t like about artichoke is the preparation!

  • daksha
    May 31, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Great post, very informative,new dish for me. Lovely presentation and snaps too.

  • aarthi
    May 31, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    May 31, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    A very different kind of post. Usually, we Indians do not experiment with artichokes at all (also, it is not found in Indian wet market or stores), but I liked your experiment. Even I love to experiment! Looking forward to sharing more recipes with you!

  • sukanya
    May 31, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    very innovative, never heard of stuffed artichokes, yours is looking spectacular. great post

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    May 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Honestly, I love artichokes…but I haven’t tried cooking artichokes myself so thumbs up to you! You did it so beautifully, Kankana!

  • Soma
    May 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I would not go to the rose garden if you fed me these artichokes (:D Only becoz i have been to that awesome Portland Rose garden – do visit it!). no kidding. I LOVE artichokes, any way. and this is one fabulous way with equally gorgeous pictures.

  • Lin Ann
    Lin Ann
    May 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I haven’t had stuffed artichokes in years and ohhh these look and sound so great! And great photos too. Sorry your plans got rained out. We finally got sun! Went to the white mountains and got a lot of bug bites but it was fun. Hope there aren’t any typos I’m writing from my phone – saw your update on twitter so I rushed over!

  • Cheryl and Adam @
    Cheryl and Adam @
    May 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    So sorry your weekend plans were a wash-out, but it sounds like you had a lovely adventure of the culinary kind. Artichokes are a lot of work, but so worth it. Never had them stuffed, though, this is a recipe I’m looking forward to trying. Better luck on Portland next time!

  • Katherine
    May 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I love artichokes any which way! This recipe looks delightful. Artichoke season is sadly over already in Israel so I’ll have to save this for next year!

  • Manu
    May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Ohh these look lovely. I love artichokes… they are my favorite vegetable together with eggplant. Great job! 🙂

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    May 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Thank you everybody for your lovely words 🙂

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    June 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    I love stuffed artichokes! Great appetizer in my Italian family 🙂 Your artichokes look absolutely beautiful!

  • sally
    June 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Sorry to hear that the rain prevented you from visiting Portland! It is definitely a place worth visiting. Artichokes are also a vegetable worth trying. I can’t seem to get enough of them!

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    June 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    I visited Portland once and I liked it. Back then I didn’t have kids so it was fun dining out… 🙂 Ohhhhh looks so beautiful, Kankana. Sonia must have been very happy seeing this post! I also have never seen this in Japan, and I see this at the supermarket but I just don’t know how to cook it or use it for my cooking…. You got me very motivated. 🙂

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