Spicy Shrimp in Coconut Milk - I had coconut milk leftover from a previous country, so this worked out well. And, since I cooked shrimp for my family last night and Bob missed out, I decided to cookshrimp for him tonight. I tasted the sauce for this and I really liked it. I found I needed to double what the recipe calls for in spices.
1/4 cup oil, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger, 2 tbsp coriander, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp turmeric, 1 can diced tomatoes - drained, 2 1/2 cups coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 lb shrimp
- Heat oil in a large skillet (really large!). Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add next 5 ingredients and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook 1 more minute.
- Add coconut milk, water and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer until thickened. (This is where I tasted it, thought it was bland and dumped more spices (coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and turmeric) in.)
- Add shrimp and cook until done.
Chole - Which I thought was Chloe. So, I thought I should make something named after my smallest Best Friend. Close enough, right? This was pretty yummy.
2 medium onions - chopped, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 2 tbsp chopped garlic, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 medium tomatoes - chopped, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp turmeric, salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 2 cans garbanzo beans - rinsed and drained, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tbsp lemon juice
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat cumin, bay leaf and cinnamon until very fragrant.
- Add ginger and garlic until the smell fills the air.
- Saute onions until translucent (add drops of water to prevent sticking).
- Adds tomatoes, coriander, tumeric, salt and cayenne. Bring to a boil.
- Add garbanzo beans, cover and reduce heat. Simmer on low for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Stir in garam masala and lemon juice right before serving.
Golden Basmati Rice - this makes a ton! But, it was good. And, everyone needs a good starch when eating Indian food, right?
2 cups brown basmati rice, 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp cumkin, 3/4 tsp turmeric, 5 cloves, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1/2 tsp salt
Potatoes with Indian Spices - If the 12 servings of Basmati rice were not enough, I thought I would serve some more carbs. But, I liked these. Bob could not taste these very well because he has a cold. I ate my portion and then some. Yes, I am a starch-itarian!
Speaking of Mush - Badam Burfi - "a North Indian speciality that's rich and lick-your-fingers yummy." I kinda substituted some stuff, so this did not turn out like it was supposed to. And, I did not like the texture (it was a little like the texture of coconut). Bob liked it. This was supposed to cut into squares. We just had a glop of stuff in a bowl. We have now put it in the fridge to see if it hardens up.