In case I have never made this clear, I love me some spicy food. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or what, but I have days and weeks at a time where I crave only spicy food, and when I eat out at any kind of Mexican, Thai, or Indian restaurant, I actually get a little annoyed if my food is not satisfactorily spicy. Anyway the point is that I’ve been craving hot food (especially Indian!) and so this post is about a couple little Indian dishes that I have made for myself. It works out better anyway because it’s cheap and I can control the spice level!
Last week I made a Madras curry using an organic store-bought simmer sauce that I thought looked yummy. Here it is:
For the curry, I sauteed thinly-sliced onion in olive oil, then added strips of fresh red pepper, fresh broccoli, chopped mushrooms, and defrosted pressed tofu, then added the simmer sauce and simmered for 10 minutes as directed. Here it is before I added the simmer sauce:
And here’s the finished product, steaming hot!
I ate the curry over basmati rice that I cooked up with Earth Balance, cloves, and a bay leaf. Even though the simmer sauce jar says “a red hot curry sauce”, it wasn’t all that spicy, so I added a generous amount of red pepper flakes while cooking, as well as a nice helping of hot sauce before eating. Still could have been spicier though! Nonetheless, it was a true delight and it literally lasted me about 4-5 meals. Not bad for a made-up recipe!
I also dug up some pictures of a “chana masala” that I made based on a web recipe a couple of months ago.
First of all, I have no idea where I got the recipe…sorry. It had chickpeas, spinach, lemon juice, onion, cumin, garam masala, etc. Second, it’s not chana masala, it’s definitely chana saag because of the spinach and lack of tomato-y goodness. But I made it work for me! It was a fairly simple recipe and one that could be recreated easily by anyone looking for a quick, easy, tasty, Indian-inspired dinner. Of course, if you want it spicy, you’re going to need to add a boat-load of pepper and hot sauce, but it’s worth it!
I actually found out that there is an Indian grocery store not too far from me, and I want to get over there sometime this week to buy some good quality hot peppers and have some more fun in the kitchen!