Just like Mom makes. Well, not really. more like Just how Ranj makes.
Halfway thru – it will look wilted, ugly, and nothing like Saag. But smell delicious…
Look at those colors!
Yes, after what seems like a million years, I’m finally back to making a posting on my blog.
Why the hiatus you ask? Well, I really grew to dislike the process of how I updated my blogs, the inconsistencies from post-to-post, as well as the inability to have a properly formatted “Print” button, I hated printing something from here and having a bunch of improperly formatted pages printing. I think I may have got something I like now…let’s see if I stick with it this time.
Anyway, onto the recipe – I was reading an Indian Slow Cooker book last year and stumbled upon this…I tried making it the “desi way” before (e.g. – in front of the stove all day making tarka, etc.) and it was a pain in the butt, and ended up tasting terrible, so I was doubtful this would turn out at all, but was surprised (shocked, really) at how good this tasted. This is a staple recipe whenever we’re craving some Indian food. The added bonus of this dish is the fact that it is super simple and extremely healthy, at least before you add the Ghee…
2 Bunches of Spinach (washed) – I typically cut the stems off but you can leave them on if you like
2 Large Yellow Onions – I cut them into quarters
3 Medium Tomatoes – I cut them into 6 or 8 pieces
Ginger – I use my Microplane grater and grate a couple of tablespoons worth – modify the amount based on your taste preferences
20 Cloves of Garlic (guessing about 3 Heads of Garlic)
Serrano Peppers – modify this based on how spicy you like your dish. I would recommend a minimum of one and up-to 5 based on how hot you like it, take the seeds out if you don’t like it too spicy
4 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
2 Tsp Haldi (Tumeric)
1 Tbsp Salt
Place all Ingredients in order into the Slow Cooker except the Salt and Makhani
Cook on HIGH for 3 hours – if you like you can give it all a mix after 90 minutes to ensure none of the Spinach burns on the side, but I usually skip this step
After the 3 hours, what’s left in the Slow Cooker is going to look ugly. Really, it will. But don’t worry – it smells good so “Follow Your Nose” like Toucan Sam and use your Immersion Blender and blend everything directly in your Slow Cooker (if you don’t have one – you can pour everything into your blender, process it, then put it back in) – blend it until no big pieces of vegetable or garlic are left.
Put it back in your Slow Cooker with the Salt and cook on LOW for 2 hours
Sit back and eat Saag with next to no effort…add Makhani for flavor
Nutrition Info (per 1/6th, not including any Makhani)
I make this dish using a slow cooker…I’m not even sure where we got a slow cooker, as I don’t remember buying it. But once or twice a year, I pull it out and put it to use. Afterwards, I marvel at how easy it was and how good the kitchen smelled all day, and vow to use it again soon. I guess I’ll see you in 2013!
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Pack of Chicken Breast or Thighs (I used Thighs)
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of Garlic, diced
2 tsp Curry Power
1 tbsp Curry Paste
2 tsp Tandoori Masala
1 tsn Garam Masala
1 can Tomato Paste
1 Jalapeno Pepper, diced
12-15 Cardamom pieces
1 can Coconut Milk
1 cup Yogurt
Melt the butter + oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add the diced chicken, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion has softened, took about 8 minutes for me.
Add the curry powder, curry paste, tandoori masala, garam masala, and tomato paste and mix well.
Pour the chicken into a slow cooker, and stir in the cardamom pods, coconut milk, salt, and yogurt.
Cook on low 7-8 hours, and serve with Rice or Naan
The title says it all – I tried experimenting tonight and wanted an Indian flavored theme as opposed to the usual roasted chicken recipes. Also – since it was a weeknight and I was in a bit of a rush, I cut up the chicken into pieces to ensure that it cooked quicker. The good thing about this recipe is that it’s super simple, and all the ingredients are items you probably already have!
1 3-4 lb Roast Chicken, cut into 8 pieces (you could leave as a whole Chicken, and roast for 80 minutes instead if you like)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Salt
1.5 tsp Curry Powder
Set the oven to 375 F
Mix all ingredients together except the chicken until uniformly mixed…then add the chicken and coat well. If you have time, let it marinate in the fridge for an hour
Place on a pan and bake for an hour, flipping half way thru
Back when I was living on my own, I would eat Chicken Wings every week. I would buy the frozen Buffalo style wings from Costco and was in heaven…after I got married, this wasn’t a suitable weekly dinner idea, but I would still buy them for when we had friends over for appetizers…a couple of years ago when we got a deep fryer, I started making boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings similar to Chili’s or Applebee’s and loved them…they were so good, I even started making them for dinner once in awhile. However, it’s still deep fried so I didn’t want to make it a staple of the diet.
Well, this recipe is a happy medium. You still get the taste of chicken wings with all the seasonings…except that it’s fresh and baked so you know it’s not loaded with preservatives, and tastes a million times better.
I used the recipe/quantities below to make two different flavors…so I had two separate bowls going and put all the same amount of seasoning in it except for the “Chef’s” spice, which was different in each bowl. If your just making one flavor, just use one bowl and add 50% to the dry measurements below…
1/2 pack of Chicken Wings
2.0 tbsp Cornstarch
1.0 tsbp Sugar
1.5 tsp spice (Chef’s Pick) – for tonight, I did 2 different batches, so I had both Curry Powder and Mesquite Seasoning
1.0 tsp Salt
1.0 tsp Pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 F
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients above (except the wings) and mix the seasoning together
Now add the wings and toss until the wings are covered
Bake for 60 minutes, turning once if desired (I didn’t tonight since I was VPN’d to work while this was baking and forgot)
Plate and serve…I used a roll and coleslaw as the side dishes tonight
This was my favorite Sunday brunch when I was a kid…I think it still is. Nothing like some fresh, hot, Aloo Paratha on a rainy day served with some Sour Cream on the side. Not quite how Mom makes it, but a close enough second place for me.
Remove from hot water, and peel (be careful, it will be HOT!)…traditionally, people will normally mash it at this stage, but I used a grater to cut them, although next time I’m hoping to have bought a ricer by then and put it through that
Mix all the spices and cilantro and mix well
Take your dough and split into 6 golf ball sized balls…do the same with the potato mixture (my pic has 8…I ended up merging some of them so that the dough was bigger than the potato ones)
Flour and flatten the dough
Place the potato ball over the dough
Fold the excess dough over the potato mixture and crimp so you have a disc
Flour and flatten again as above…
Heat the frying pan over medium heat and put some ghee in to melt
Roll out the paratha and put on the frying pan, frying for 2-3 minutes until nicely browned
Flip and put some more ghee on the Paratha
Once browned on this side, flip again for another couple of seconds and serve…
This was on my to-do list for awhile…never got around to making it but on the weekend I had a massive craving for Aloo Paratha so decided this was the weekend…so I put on some Football and had at’er…all-in-all, it was actually pretty damn quick. The recipe makes from 6-8 roti’s depending on how big you make them…
1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
0.5 cups Water
1 tsp Oil (I used Olive)
0.5 tsp Salt
Mix the flour and salt in your stand mixer (with the dough hook attachment)and turn onto the Stir setting for 30 seconds just to mix the ingredients
Pour in the water a tablespoon or two at a time into the flour to moisten it
Once you’ve put all the water in, add the oil now and continue mixing until the dough has come together
From here – you would roll into 6-8 golf ball size pieces of dough, flour, and use a rolling pin to flatten out. Heat over medium heat on a tawa (or non-stick frying pan) and top with some butter (preferably Ghee) when you’re done. I don’t have any more pics or detailed instructions from here, since the rest of this post goes with my Aloo Paara
Considering the title of this blog, I guess it’s about time that I posted an Indian recipe (depends on whether or not you count my “Kulfi” recipe).
This is one of my staple Indian dishes that I love to make. One of the “complaints” I hear a lot about Indian cooking is that it takes too long to cook…totally not true! Some dishes can be ready in under an hour of cooking time (like this one), while others can take half a day (same as any culture). This dish is very simple to make, and tastes great.
Chicken cut into bite size pieces (I prefer thigh since I put it on the grill, but you could you breast if you like)
1 tsp Butter (or Ghee if you have it)
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 tsp Ginger, minced
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsn Salt
1 tomato, diced
1 can tomato paste + 1 can water
1 cup Heavy/Whipped Cream
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
2 tsp Garam Masala
1 or 2 Jalapeno Peppers, diced (optional)
Mix all the Marinade ingredients + Chicken in a container, and refrigerate for at least an hour
Grill the Chicken on the BBQ in a grill pan on medium heat until cooked through. If you prefer to not use a BBQ, you could also bake at 350F for 25 minutes, but the smoky taste of the grill can’t be beat
Melt the butter/ghee in a skillet on medium heat, and add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno for a minute or two
Add the cumin, paprika, garam masala, and salt and mix until incorporated nicely (not very long)
Add the diced tomato, tomato paste + water, and cream. Turn heat to low since you don’t want the cream to curdle on too high a heat, and let simmer roughly 20 minutes
Add the chicken, and simmer for another 10 minutes for the flavor to mix well
Transfer to serving dish, and garnish with your cilantro.
Serve with Naan or Basmati Rice. (eventually I’ll post recipes for those as well…)