Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's My Favorite

Last night, I decided to make some of my favorite foods for dinner. Although I made quasi Indian, it was still pretty good. Well, kind of.

I had purchased a lot of new curries when my new kitchen was almost done. Who can put old spices in the new spice drawers? I mean it when I say old. Some of my bottles were over five years old. I'm surprised they had any taste left in them! After my visit to Whole Foods, I had purchased some naan (bread) and I wanted to get that in our tummies before it started molding on me. Mmmm mmmmm good.

So, last night was the night. I used an old recipe I had from many years ago--actually it is a MS recipe from one of her old magazines. That's why I call it quasi Indian. It's really good though. That is, if you don't use too much "HOT" curry in it, as I did. Lordy me. Being that I had not used any of the curries, I was testing them out with this recipe. I even used half hot and half sweet curry. Should have only used the sweet. Oh well. The kid and hub enjoyed the spiciness to it--not me. I like my curries mild (again, quasi Indian).

Curried Chicken Breasts
  • Chicken breasts, boneless, salt and peppered
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh ginger, grated (I normally use candied ginger, rinsed)
  • 1 T Indian curry powder (sweet, if you're like me!)
  • 1 1/2 t garam masala
  • 1/2 C crushed canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 low sodium chicken stock
1. Brown chicken breasts in oil, remove from pan.

2. Saute onions for several minutes and then stir in garlic and cook until golden brown. Add ginger, curry and garam masala and cook for several more minutes until well mixed.

3. Stir in tomatoes and stock and then add chicken back to pan.

4. Cook, covered for about 15 minutes. Serve with basmati rice.

Lemon Potatoes
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut length wise and then sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in pan. When hot, add cinnamon and cumin. Stir for about a minute.

2. Add potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Brown both sides of potatoes.

3. Stir in lemon juice and stock.

4. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes.

5. Toss with cilantro (I actually omitted this) and serve.

I then stir fried some green beans and onions with bhindi masala spices.

For dessert, we had watermelon soaked in orange juice. Yum!

Here, the vultures are circling the table. Bella doesn't know about human food; but I have a sneaky suspicion the others are sharing information that they shouldn't be. Shame on them.


Storybook Woods said...

Oh that looks yummy !!! Clarice

Linda said...

I got sick from eating curry when I was pregnant and still can't eat it. Needless to say, I've never cooked any Indian food. I always get a kabab when I am in an Indian restaurant.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, what a great meal! It looks very appetizing!

I also have such vultures at home! So sweet...



Pearl said...

Oh my it looks wonderful. At least you pleased the family. Like you, I would have had to have it a little more mild. I bet your kitchen smelled great!

Those kittens probably bettr stick to thier milk.lol


foodhoe said...

I love indian cooking too, your meal sounds delicious. The vultures look so plaintive...

Vallen said...

I'm drooling here.. I think I need watermelon right now.

Jeanie said...

I've never cooked Indian but I love it and Rick loves curry, too. I'll have to try this.

Mr. Gyps desperately wants human food and if we snack on the couch hovers like a vulture, delicately sticking his paw in where it doesn't belong in an attempt to convince me how desperately underprivileged he is. Looks like Bella got the word...

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Would you normally have rice AND potatoes at the same meal? I always think of having just one or the other. The rice seems like it would be a better fit, but the potatoes sound awesome! We have a Penzey's Spices storefront not too far from here, and I bought a bunch of new spices there last year. I love trying new things, so this meal is getting "copied/pasted"!

Artsy Etc. said...

I've never had Indian food. I've smelled curry though..and I'm not real sure about it. I guess I need to be brave.

robin bird said...

i love curry...your style. joe whines when anything is 'too spicy' for him which is just about anything now-a-days. i don't know how this happened to him. he has lived and travelled the world, eaten is some really off the map places but now he just doesn't like the digestive results.. if you get my meaning. love the cat photo :)

robin bird said...

hmmmmm... this meal could have so easily been recorded live for a tasty tweet show rosa.... have you thought of that? having your little green flag waving about at the beginning of the show when i introduce you? it could be titled something like Indian Food Southern Style.
where is your video camera girl!?



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