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TJ’s Lentil cabbage curry

16 Apr

I was shopping at trader joes a couple of weeks ago and came upon the samples they were cooking up. It was the strangest combo of ingredients I’d ever seen. Lentils, cabbage and curry sauce all mixed together. I tried it and surprisingly it was really good so I bought all the ingredients.

lentils

Shredded cabbage

curry simmer sauce

And how easy is it to make? Just throw all the ingredients together into a pot with one cup of water and heat through!

The first time I made it I used the masala simmer sauce and it came out good. The second time I used the curry simmer sauce and it came out really good. The curry version had a nice kick. Both times I threw in rotisserie chicken. Yum.

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Keema beef curry revisited

10 Apr

When I made this the last time I was out of coconut milk and had to improvise. This time I had the coconut milk but used ground turkey insteAd. Yum!

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Keema beef curry

16 Mar

I’ve made beef keema before and liked it. This recipe is a little different. I really thought I had a can of coconut milk but alas halfway through making this recipe I realized that I didn’t. A frantic google search turned up boiling unsweetened coconut in water as a substitute. I think this dish would have been fantastic had I had a can! It was still really good and I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Keema Beef Curry
adapted from five and spice

1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen baby peas
Chopped cilantro
Warm naan or chapati and cooked rice, for serving

In a large pot, or deep skillet, heat the butter over medium high heat, until foaming. Add the ground beef, sprinke with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking it apart into small pieces, until there is no pink left.
Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and curry powder. Stir and cook until the onion has softened, about 5-7 minutes.
Stir in the potato, making sure to coat it with all the flavors in the pot. Add the broth, coconut milk, and canned tomatoes with their juices. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook until the potato is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
Use a wooden spoon to crush most of the potatoes into the broth. Stir in the peas and continue to cook until the peas are just cooked through, around 5 more minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro, accompanied by rice and/or naan or chapati.

Beef keema

15 Sep

I made keema once before and thought I’d try a different recipe this time! This one didn’t disappoint either. Think I would decrease the cumin next time. I served with tjs garlic naan.

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beef keema
adapted from myrecipes.com

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (about 3/4 small)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 pound ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup frozen green peas
4 lime wedges

Preparation

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger; sauté 4 minutes. Add beef; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble beef. (Drain, if necessary, and return beef mixture to pan.)
Stir in cumin and next 5 ingredients, and cook 1 minute over medium-high heat, stirring often. Stir in tomato and peas. Cook 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with lime wedges.

Indian style sloppy joes

13 May

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!

sloppy joes are always a good quick meal. There’s also a lot of variations on them! This was one was just ok.

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Indian-Style Sloppy Joes
adapted from rachael ray magazine

ingredients
2 tablespoons EVOO or vegetable oil
1 1/2pounds ground turkey or ground chicken
1 onion, finely chopped
1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, grated
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1 1/2teaspoons ground turmeric
1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2teaspoons chili powder
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon honey
6 soft burger rolls, split
Cilantro leaves for topping

directions
In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook to brown well, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the onion, ginger and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and honey, lower the heat and simmer until ready to serve.
Layer the roll bottoms with the sloppy joe meat, cilantro, and roll tops.

Chicken naan

18 Feb

I ripped this recipe out of weight watcher magazine. They had it under the 15 minute dinner section. It came out pretty good and quick. I served with tjs garlic naan. Yum!

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chicken naan
adapted from weight watchers magazine

2 tsp oil
1lb ground chicken
1/2 onion, minced
2tsp cumin
4 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup raisins
4 tsp toasted pine nuts
Naan

Heat oil in skillet.
Add ground chicken, onion, and cumin. Cook until chicken cooked through
Add spinach, raisins and pine nuts.
Cook until heated through
Serve with naan

Slow cooker chicken saag

5 Feb

Brave yourself for the picture I took of this dish.. I won’t even say what the munchkins said it looked like! This smelled soooooo good while cooking, but definitely didn’t live up to the delicious aroma while cooking. We tossed the leftovers… Better luck next time!

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slow cooker chicken saag
adapted from bevcooks

* 2 pounds baby spinach
* 2 red onions, roughly chopped (I used one red, one yellow)
* 5 serrano peppers, stems removed (I only had one jalapeño)
* 1 head garlic, peeled
* 4-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
* 1 can of diced tomatoes
* 4 Tbs. cumin
* 2 Tbs. garam masala
* 1 Tbs. turmeric
* 1 Tbs. chili powder
* 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
* coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
* cooked white basmati rice and garlic naan for serving
* fresh cilantro, for garnish

Layer half the spinach along the bottom of your slow cooker. Then add the onions through the chili powder. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper. Then press down the other half of the spinach on top of everything. It will practically be falling out everywhere. Press the lid down.

Now turn the slow cooker on to low and let it simmer for 3 hours. Check on it a couple of times and give it a stir. After three hours, pour the saag into a blender and purée it. Pour back into slow cooker.

Then let it simmer another two hours.

THEN, sear your chicken cubes in a large skillet until nice and browned on both sides. Season them with salt with pepper. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker for the last hour of slow cookering. (for a total of 6 hours)

Serve over a bed of cooked white (basmati or jasmine) rice and some torn toasted garlic naan! And oh! Some good cilantro! And oh! Maybe some fresh lime juice if you want to wake it up a little.

Crockpot chicken korma

14 Jan

This was eh.. Not enough flavor for me. Munchkin #1 loved it though!

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crockpot chicken korma
a year of slow cooking

ingredients

2-3 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut in chunks
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes and juice
2 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup greek yogurt (to add later)
cooked white or brown long grain rice for serving

The Directions

Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Put the chicken into the bottom of your pot. Add onion. Pour in the tomatoes, and add garlic and all spices. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3 to 4. stir in the yogurt. Serve over rice.

crockpot butter chicken

7 May

i love indian food so when i saw this recipe for crockpot butter chicken i was excited.. i basically doubled the original recipe except for the liquids..  it still came out really really soupy.. and really really bland!   need to look for a new recipe!

Crockpot Butter Chicken

adapted from food & whine

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp ginger
3 tsp chili powder
1.5 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp garam masala
1 can diced tomatoes
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup light sour cream
1 tbsp peanut butter

In a crockpot, combine all ingredients up to and including ground pepper. Cook on high 4 hours, or  low for 6-8 hours.  Shred chicken with two forks.  Stir in sour cream and peanut butter.

keema (indian-style ground beef)

1 Apr

i took out some ground beef to defrost with no plan — nothing sounded good — tacos, chili, enchiladas, etc….   then i remembered a friend mentioning awhile ago that she had made some yummy keema from ground beef…  we love indian so i figured i’d find a recipe and try it!   this didnt disappoint.. kinda reminded me of indain tacos :)   i served with tj’s garlic naan and jasmine rice.

 

 

 

Keema (Indian-Style Ground Meat)

adapted from allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1.5 cup beef broth
  • 1-2 cups green beans

Directions

  1. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until evenly brown.
  2. While cooking, break apart with a wooden spoon until crumbled.
  3. Transfer cooked beef to a bowl, and drain off all but 1 tablespoon fat.
  4. Saute onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in garlic, and saute 1 minute.
  6.  Stir in garam masala and salt, and cook 1 minute.
  7.  Return the browned beef to the pan, and stir in tomato paste and beef broth.
  8. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until meat is fully cooked through, and liquid has evaporated.
  9. about 1/2 way through simmering i added the green beans
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