Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yummy, Indian Food!

Last night I made a wonderful dinner. My first attempt at making Indian food and it was fabulous. This is something I am going to make again and again and I am going to try more and more recipes! Here is the first one, in I hope, a long list of Indian recipes!

Chole (chickpea curry) Don't be scared of the chickpeas, it is wonderful!

Vegeterian, but would be yummy with the addition of chicken!

Serves 2-3

1 can chickpeas (I used Bushes brand)
1 TBSP oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 onion, cut in half and then sliced
1/2 small can tomato sauce
1 potato, peeled and cut into quarters and thinly chopped
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder*
2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp curry powder
dash of ground black pepper
1 1/2 -2 cup water
chopped fresh cilantro

(I did not salt this recipe, you can add at the table it you like, if you add while cooking I am afraid you will over salt because it will reduce down.)

Heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Saute until soft. Add tomato sauce and potato. Add dry spices.
Drain and rinse chickpeas, add to pan. Mix well. Add water to make gravy, simmer and cook covered for about 10 min, or until potatoes are soft. Mash some of the peas and potatoes (like an 1/8th) mix well, this will thicken the sauce. Serve over white rice (I like basmati) and top with cilantro.

We fould indian bread at HEB, tandori bread (I think) it was near the deli. I put it under the broiler to warm on both sides and then served with butter and we scooped up the yumminess with the bread!

Serve with veggie of your choice. (We had sauteed sweet peas)

*Spices- the spices are kind of $$$ but they will go a long way. If you have a HEB with bulk foods and spices I got the turmeric, garam masala and curry powder for dirt cheap in small bags!