My Kitchen, My World: IndiaJune 30, 2010
This month, the My Kitchen, My World group took a virtual trip to India, suggested by Margaret of Tea and Scones. It’s my first time cooking with this group, thanks to Kayte, who suggested that I cook along. And what a great suggestion that was!
I wasn’t sure what to make, so I turned to Google Books for inspiration. Some of the recipes I found were more work and more ingredients than I wanted to deal with, but then I found several great-sounding recipes in New Indian Home Cooking by Madhu Gadia. They were easy to make and healthy, so I was sold. I tried Potato and Pea Curry (Alu Matar),which is at the top of the plate, and Spinach and Potatoes (Palak Alu), on the bottom of the plate. Although both dishes had potatoes, they were very different tasting, and both were excellent. I served the Potato and Pea Curry over rice, which wasn’t suggested in the recipe, but I’m glad I did because the sauce was very thin, so it was nice to have some rice to soak it up.
I found all of the spices I needed at my grocery store, most of them in small containers for not a lot of money. Instead of buying Garam Masala, I mixed my own. There are numerous recipes for Garam Masala; I used the one from the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe linked below.
I also made Naan, an Indian flatbread, which you see on the left side of the plate. I’ve made Naan several times before, using this recipe from Melissa, and it’s always turned out great. It’s cooked in a pan on the stove, and it’s really easy and quick to make.
This meal was vegetarian, but I’ve also made Chicken Tikka Masala, which is yogurt-coated, broiled chicken in a deliciously-seasoned sauce, served over rice. For an extra-special touch, use 1 cup of coconut milk in place of 1 cup of water when you cook the rice.
It was so fun to cook with the group this month and try some Indian recipes. Take a look at the My Kitchen, My World roundup to see what everyone else made!