We've been neglecting the blog for several weeks, but have remained busy in the kitchen. The next few posts will include our own recipes. First, however, I would like to feature a cookbook I've become obsessed with.
I had been to an Indian buffet restaurant a few times growing up in Minnesota, but when I moved to London after finishing college, I really began to appreciate this cuisine. Between the restaurants and frozen dinners available at grocery stores, I believe I ate curry or biryani two to three times a week. During my years in Chicago, I frequently found myself visiting the restaurants on Devon Avenue.
Despite my love of Indian food, I've always felt overwhelmed by the idea of cooking it at home. The recipes I came across seemed to call for so many spices and take a lot of time and attention. All that changed back in February, when we picked up a copy of Anupy Singla's The Indian Slow Cooker. The concept is simple and brilliant – using a crock pot to cook Indian food. This approach requires some preparation, but as the food cooks in the crock pot, you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen.
Currently, we live near Jackson Heights, Queens, a melting pot of a neighborhood that includes a vibrant Indian community. This means not only great restaurants, but also well-stocked grocery stores where Indian food and spices are inexspensive and readily available. Patel Brothers (which has locations in many states) is where I stock up on garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, and other spices.
Our Sundays have turned into Indian food days. First we made both Drew's favorite - Chicken Tikka Masala - and my favorite - Aloo Gobi. We then made another favorite of mine, Lamb Biryani. I will definitely make all three of these recipes again. We've also been trying new dishes I have not had before, including Saucy Punjabi Potatoes (Rase Wale Aloo) and Curried Kidney Beans (Rajmah). The recipe for homemade roti is simple enough to create a fresh batch after work while warming up the weekend's leftovers. The photo gallery below features the variety of dishes that you can easily achieve.
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