I'm trying out a new blog editing software tonight, so I'm hoping that I have an easier time than I did last night with Ecto!
When I was a little little girl, according to my mom, I used to LOVE the "tiny tiny buds" that would appear on the trees in spring. I loved the different colors, and the fact that the maple tree in front had different buds than the honeysuckle bushes on the side of the house, and even different ones than the elm in the back yard. Today, I was thrilled to see the tiny tiny buds on our lilac bush behind our house. They're green, fresh, new...and true signs that Spring is really coming. The thermometer would beg to differ, since it's a whopping 40 degrees here, but the lilac buds reassure me.
Like I said, it's not exactly warm outside. In fact, it dropped about 20 degrees in the time that I was at work...wait, rewind. About work. I had my yearly review today... I did as well as I possibly could have, and the administrators (Hi Stasia!) had nothing but positive things to say. I was in a celebratory mood all afternoon!
So, since it was cooler out, my plans of a cool and crisp salad, and maybe some raw rice sushi went down the drain in favor of something much more "warming." After all the talk that has been going on about Indian food in recent days, I NEEDED it. I considered just ordering some takeout, and instead opted for the homemade variety to keep my wallet as heavy as possible. Since Adam doesn't like eggplant, I couldn't make baigan bharta, but I wanted to keep tonight's meal vegetarian (for no apparent reason). I opted for something that I'd only ever heard of in Bend It Like Beckham. Aloo gobi. There's a great scene in that movie where Jess (the main character) and her mom are in the kitchen. Her mom is cooking aloo gobi and Jess is kicking the cauliflower around...anyway...
The problem with all the recipes I'd found for aloo gobi, which is, by the way, a spicy Indian curry made with cauliflower and potatoes, were "dry", meaning not saucy. I wanted sauce that I could eat with my delicious brown basmati rice! So, while sitting in the parking lot of the international produce market, I searched for recipes on my Crackberry. And I found one that was really appealing on Allrecipes.com.
It was saucy, spicy, loaded with different spices... in fact, so many spices that I had to measure them all out before I started cooking so that they'd cook at the right rate.
The recipe, as posted on allrecipes.com
Alicia's Aloo Gobi
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic
* 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
* 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
* 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
* 2 tablespoons ground coriander
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
* 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
* 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
* 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
* 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
* 2 tablespoons garam masala
1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat and add onion. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes, then stir in garlic and cumin. Continue to cook until onion begins to brown.
2. Stir in tomatoes and coconut and the coriander, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Stir until mixture begins to boil, then put in the potatoes, cauliflower, and garbanzo beans. Blend well. Reduce heat to low and cover.
3. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, 45 minutes to an hour (this will depend on the size of the potato chunks). Sprinkle in the garam masala, stir, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
I have never in all my cooking tasted something that came out of my kitchen with a more complex and delicious flavor. Seriously. (Sorry, I'm watching Grey's) I can't get over how delicate the potatoes and cauliflower were, yet they were drenched with the most unbelievable sauce full of different essences. I only used half a TEASPOON of cayenne in mine, and it was plenty spicy... I can hardly imagine how spicy it would've been with the whole tablespoon!
There's a whole pot of it, so I'm hoping it freezes well...
Happy Friday tomorrow!!! OH, and the winner of the Twilight Giveaway was all of our good friend Jenn with her tweet about the contest (Comment #8) Congrats my dear! We'll have to get together and I'll give it to you in person!