In keeping with the heart healthy theme for the month of February, here is another example of what I serve on the dinner table at least once or twice a week. An all vegetarian meal incorporating Indian spices and flavors. We enjoy all types of cuisines from around the world, but I’ll have to say we’re both partial to Indian cuisine. I try to add fish to our weekly menu too. There’s nothing quite like a fresh catch grilled, pan fried or barbecued.
What could be more rewarding than having a meal cooking away in your crock pot (slow cooker) when you’ve had a busy day? Do you love Indian cuisine, but don’t have the time to make it from scratch? The crock pot method makes it all happen in one big pot, melding the flavors and spices and cooks it to perfection. Imagine the aroma as you walk in. You’ll know that warm, comforting feeling, it’s as if your kitchen is beckoning you in to a dish that you didn’t have to slave over.
I’ve used a slow cooker for many soups and stews but it was only recently that I discovered that cooking curry in a crock pot, was not only feasible, but it makes clean up a cinch! I did my happy dance when I first discovered it, as there’s nothing quite as heartening as an irresistible curry when the weather turns.
Cooking all alone in your kitchen day in and day out can seem like drudgery, especially if you aren’t particularly interested in the culinary arts. But when you invite a few friends over and turn it into a party, suddenly cooking becomes a lot more cheery. A cooking party is a great excuse to host a get together, and this is exactly what we did a couple weeks ago. When one of the gals decided on an “Indian-themed Nite” we put on our thinking caps and came up with a menu in a few short days. Colby was kind enough to host this wonderful get-together at her Philadelphia home with Sallie, Amy and my husband 🙂 Isn’t it just dandy when you are able to cook together with friends, fueled of course by glasses of vino, music and dancing? Cooking with friends requires a sense of humor and a relaxed demeanor, we definitely had that going for us. It’s the perfect occasion to enjoy the fun of entertaining from prepping to clean up, and everything in between.
As promised, here is another curry that will warm you up from head to toe. We are finally going to experience our first substantial snowfall of this season, (which is projected to be a blizzard), so what better way than to celebrate with a couple of hearty and robust curries. The paneer dish (Indian cheese) below was replicated from Naina’s Blog “Spice in the City”. Take a peek around her blog, it is simply amazing with an array of recipes all strikingly showcased. I especially liked the creaminess of this dish derived from the ground cashews with a dollop of sour cream. I made a few adjustments to her recipe, but if you’d like her full recipe, click here.
During the winter months I can cook any amount of curries in my kitchen and feel completely satiated. Not so in the summer time; the thought of cooking an Indian meal is far from my mind when the weather turns hot and humid. I’d have to say though that Indian/Goan cuisine has probably got to be one of my favorite (biased of course) although I do cook a variety of other cuisines too. There is nothing more satisfying and comforting than a plate of curry and rice or rotis during the winter. Today I’m presenting Keema (a dry ground beef curry) and a Lemon Saffron Rice. I served it with a raita (cucumber yogurt salad), not pictured. Keema is also popular as a breakfast dish with rotis, it is also used to fill samosas and for biryani. It is usually cooked until dry.
I’ve been blogging for just over a year and a half now and in that time, I’ve come to appreciate fellow bloggers from near and far. You could be following someone’s blog in Turkey, Spain or Argentina, but also blogs from folks who live on the same continent as yourself. There are just so many facets that make up the blogging world, but one that I’m most passionate about is continuing to learn about the various cuisines around the world and forging friendships via a common medium. I’ve come across so many amazing blogs (mine pales in comparison), it definitely is a learning curve when all is said and done. There are a few favorite Indian bloggers that I follow, and I’ve got to say, whenever a dish strikes my fancy, I bookmark it and try it out. Today, I’m featuring Indian vegetarian cuisine.
It’s a special occasion, and I’d like to shout it out on the rooftop. I started blogging about a year ago and today I present to you a Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani dish to celebrate the moment. I made this special dish on Easter Sunday for the very first time. I’ve made biryanis before, but I’d never tried the Hyderabadi variety, which is purported to be the best! Truth be told, I had to look up Hyderabad on the map of India. I know, shame on me. I don’t usually try new dishes when we have company, but I just knew that this would be a great hit with our guests.