Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cooking Indian Food My New Hobby

I've enjoyed my new spices from India very much. I've made several recipes this year, in which, everyone in the family approved.
The above is chicken marinading in sauce. The recipe is called Chicken Makhani; recipe follows.
For wet or liquid items I use this little handy food processor. I use it for onion, tomato, cilantro leaves, chilies, garlic; basically anything damp.
For dry ingredients I found a used coffee grinder and labeled it "spice grinder," so it would only be used for my herbs and spice seeds.
It does a fine job. I love it. Another option is a mortar and pedestal, which pharmacists have commonly used, and many Indian cooks use.
Many of my spices brought back from my husband's trip are labeled like this and I did not know what they were. I Googled them and found a name I recognised.
I then labeled my package so that I would remember what it was in English.
Some of the recipes call for toasting the seeds. I tried this on medium heat and waited for the aroma to be released. Some of the seeds popped like popcorn.
This cumcumber salad is a tasty way to cool your tongue when eating the delicious spicy foods of India. This one is on the menu at our favorite Indian restaurant.
Recipe for Chicken Makhani, also known as Butter Chicken I hope the link works. I can't seem to figure out how to put a youtube video on my post. For the cumber salad I used: One English cucumber sliced thin peel on, thin sliced fresh onion, two tomatoes seeded and chopped, two cups of plain yogurt, salt and pepper, a few minced mint leaves or cilantro, 1 tsp. lemon or lime juice, 1/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds. Stir together and let sit one or more hours. "Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank." Genesis 26:30 I have also found a video for Vindaloo Chicken, in which vindaloo is the hottest of the curries. If you would like to try cooking something different, my best advice is to visit a restaurant over and over again so that you know how the recipe should taste. I asked my restaurant if I could have one of their paper menues, so that I could look the recipe up in cookbooks or Internet. Ask questions about the ingredients. Search the Internet for recipes, buy the spices and go for it.
Enjoy! Kathi


Heather said...

that sounds delicious! especially the cucumber salad- for my taste buds that is! how fun to try making something new!

Jocelyn said...

I cook new stuff al the time. Sometimes its fabulous and other times, its awful.

Lucky for me, my family isn't picky!

You should try Greek Food recipes. So lovely and easy with few ingredients !

Gina said...

Yummy! What time is dinner?

Gramma 2 Many said...

Looks good!! I will have to give it a try. Good advice about trying the food at a restaurant first.

Sharon said...

I am very impressed with your willingness to try new recipes and your tenacity to get it done!!! I think it's neat how you are enjoying your new spices!

Love you,

City Girl Country Heart said...

Wow, that looks so good! I love trying new things !
Dont forget to invite us all over next time ! LOL

luvmy4sons said...

Good job! Looks wonderful. What a wonderful helpmeet you are!

Elena said...

Wow, that sounds so delicious and adventurous! I bet those dishes are fantastic!

A Romantic Porch said...

Wow! That is amazing! I've never eaten Indian food! I guess I should get out of the food rut that I have my family in, huh? yes I'm on facebook...I'd love to be friends.xo rachel

Sangeeta said...

I appreciate this wonderful post!!

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