Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cuisine India...




Well, here it is and I must say... it tastes better than it photographs.  Obviously I need to work on my photography skills because, seriously, it looks a bit of a mess.  But... it sure went down easy.  And my honey said that it actually tasted just like something he had when we last ate at the Indian restaurant!  The Naan needs a little more work but it tasted good.  Just a bit thick.  Probably needed to stretch it out a bit more.  I love using my mortar and pestle to grind up the spices it is so neat to smell the different spices as they are being ground.  And then when the spices hit the oil.... it's an aroma heaven moment!  I made the Naan basically by hand except the kneading part which I used the Kitchenaide for.  It is so much easier on the wrist that way and the dough comes out silky smooth.  And I probably 
won't bake it for as long.  (it only took 4 minutes!)  And I'm playing with the idea of maybe grilling it on the gas grill instead of using the oven.  My oven sucks!  I didn't choose this stove it came with the house and I hope that the other house has a better stove! (I can't remember)  Anyhow...  The recipes came from a cookbook that I found on the sales rack in Borders for $4.99!  (I just love that!)  The book title is "India's 500 best recipes".  The chicken recipe is Chicken Dopiaza and the literal translation for Dopiaza is "two onions".  You cook two different types of onions at different stages of the cooking.  Although the recipe doesn't state what types of onions to use other than "small and large", I decided to use pearl onions and then yellow onions.  It tasted yummy!  The Naan recipe was super easy and it didn't call for any kind of "special" flour.  It uses bread flour and there are other spices and such that you can add to it to change it up.  Next time I'm going to make the Garlic &Coriander Naan.  I decided to go with the plain Naan because I had Chime Choir practice that night and I didn't want to overwhelm everyone with the garlic!  (see, I can be nice sometimes... ;} .......)

So, tonight, I have no idea what I'll make yet.  I'm feeling a little Rachel Ray like.  You know, "30 minute meals".   I've got tons of things that need to get done today and when my day is like that I tend to put off thinking about what I'm going to cook until the last possible minute.  Hence the "Rachel Ray" description.

I hope you all are having a great week!  And thank you for stopping by... ;-)

3 comments:

Rev. Eldon said...

It looks delicious and you didn't invite me. Keep putting recipes in the blog and I will bee line it over.

corinnea said...

I LOVE Indian food!!! I haven't had time to try and cook it much myself. Maybe you need to put up recipes so we can try!!!

Pam said...

This sounds like Indian food even I would like. I love naan.