Let's get out of our comfort zone. By getting into our comfort zone.
I have grown up eating Indian food for most of my life. It is pretty much my favorite thing to eat (Spicy Sarah was my nickname in high school). My dad always loved taking me to the Indian buffet for lunch in our town, when pre-vegetarian me would load up on totally authentic butter chicken (blessed be he). Even though I am vegetarian, making my own indian food (and even gobbling up Trader Joe's Chana Maala) makes for some of my favorite meals. And for me, nothing scream comfort quite like a big old warm bowl of dahl or curry chocked full of chickpeas or lentils.
I swear I have curry powder running through my veins. My yellow tinged veins.
Can we talk about for a second how the best tasting foods are SO ugly? I love making curry so much but it is SO hard to photograph. Something about simmering something on the stove does not make for the most appealing color combinations for the camera. It happens with stews of all kinds. Fudge Why does it have to look like a bowl of slop on a plate?
Then again, you can pretend you're a pig while you're eating it. And making snort sounds. THAT does sound like fun.
So, even if this curry/slop isn't the prettiest thing you've ever put on your table, I BEG you to try it out. Now, I understand that for some people, cooking with Indian spices can be really scary. A lot of recipes call for a laundry list of things like turmeric and curry powder and what in heavens name is fenugreek (to this day, I still do not know).. However, like with anything, practice makes perfect. So here, we are going back to basics with one of the easiest curry recipes I know. Now I know this is not "authentic" Indian food, but I believe that this recipe gives you the most bang for your buck! Onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices make for a KILLER sauce for chickpeas and greens. And that coconut milk? You better add it please! I like the giant carton of coconut almond milk from Silk, but canned light and medium coconut milk are also AMAZING. Add some yogurt, rice, polenta , egg, or NAAN (actually please add all of them. Carbo load ftw) and you've got yourself a MEAL!
Easy Chickpea Coconut Curry
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.