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My Kitchen, My World: India

June 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!

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15 comments

  1. Yum! Indian food is one of my faves! I’ve made my own pita before, but never my own naan. I think it’s time to get on that!


  2. Oh, so much fun to see what you made for this…all of it looks great. I love that there are so many vegetables incorporated in the recipes. All my recipes had a lot of vegetables! I learned a lot this month as I had never really made anything other than a curry before. I made my own Garam Masala as well…easy and tasty! I will check out your recipe author and see what I might want to explore there. Thanks for cooking along, always fun to see what you will create!


  3. This was my first month with the group, too, also at Kayte’s urging. Your dishes look wonderful…I haven’t made naan yet but plan to soon.


  4. Glad to see you with MKMW. It is such a fun group because of the diversity every month of the food. You did a great job. I also made the Alu Palak, but mine had more tomato. all of your dishes look delicious.


  5. I read Kayte’s India post earlier and you both sounded like you had a lot of fun and made delicious food. The whole plate of food looks excellent, especially the naan.


  6. Yay for the naan making another appearance! Glad you like it! We always love Indian food at our house and I haven’t made it in a while. I’ll have to try one of these recipes soon!


  7. What a great looking meal, especially the naan! If ever you need to buy a lot of different spices, look for a store that sells bulk. You will save an amazing amount of money and you can buy just a few tablespoons at a time. If you have time, you can even order online from a specialty spice shop and it will still be less expensive than buying bottles at the grocery store. Here’s a little comparison I did in a post http://bit.ly/bQn2I9


    • Thanks Carol!


  8. Yum! I love Indian food and both recipes look delicious. Your naan looks really yummy as well.


  9. This looks absolutely delicious-I’ve always been intrigued by Naan!


  10. I am loving the potato and pea curtry especially – and the naan. Yum!


  11. Looks very appetizing Jill – It’s been so long since I’ve had Indian food (or made it for that matter). The curries stare me in the face every time I open the cupboard. A great choice on your part – !


  12. Oh my! Made your own naan!! Everything looks so delicious! I’m a huge fan of Indian food but never tried making my own naan. Yours look absolutely authentic! And thanks introducing me to this new cooking group. It sounds like fun and I’ll check it out.


  13. Nice Posts
    Thanks


  14. Nice idea!



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