Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

In which we Curry Favor

Posted: May 18th, 2008 | Author: johanna | Filed under: Johanna | 33 Comments »

Heh. See what I did there?

I am very sorry to anyone who might read this – I did not cook this week hardly at all. However, in my defense, I did work late 4 nights out of 7 — Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And I am cooking tonight. So…. at least there’s that. Plus, Monday night I was suffering from the end of a serious personal disturbance, given to me at the hands of my friends, who got me righteously wasted for my birthday on Sunday. So really, that only leaves Wednesday, and Wednesday I was so burned out and exhausted that my plan to make falafel definitely fell by the wayside.

However, tonight I made up for it. I made curry. From scratch. Like…. I didn’t make my own garam masala or anything, because I don’t have that kind of time – plus, I don’t know what my own personal curry spice blend would be…. having never made it before and not having an Indian grandmother to teach me about it. So, I bought garam masala from Whole Foods, among other ingredients, and set to work. I generally wouldn’t have made something like this, from scratch, because I found a brand of curry sauce that is so delicious, and all you really have to do is add your protein, vegetables, tomato paste and coconut milk, and let it bubble away until you’re ready to eat. But, I decided it was about time I learned, or at least tried, to make it.

We decided on lamb curry, because we’ve been kind of low on red meat in our lives, and that’s not so fun. So – lamb. I found the recipe for this curry on this website, and decided to go for it. I was a little apprehensive, but what the hell — Jesse would probably eat it anyways.

First, I made the Curry Masala gravy, which I guess was like a flavor base that got added to the curry as it was cooking – it was basically onions, tomatoes, garlic, spices, and water.

It cooked down until it was all soft and mushy, and then Jesse blended it up with our immersion blender, until it was a thick sauce. You’re supposed to do it in a food processor, but for all intents and purposes, we don’t have one of those. (We do, but it’s teeny tiny and a bitch to clean).

Meanwhile, I sauteed some onions, garlic, ginger, green pepper, and a poblano pepper (de-seeded/de-veined) until they were squishy, and added a pound of cubed lamb stew meat. In retrospect, I think that stew meat was the wrong choice – but I’m not sure what would be the right choice, unless I chose to simmer that curry for a couple extra hours. Basically, it was good, but it wasn’t the ideal piece of meat for a reasonably quick (inside an hour and a half) curry. Next time…. next time.

Anyways, this is what it looked like while simmering away with its tomato puree and tomatoes and stuff:

I eventually added some coconut milk as well, so that you tasted “warm” instead of spicy…. because that’s how I roll.

I made some basmati rice with coconut milk as well, and this is what it looked like served up:

It was yummy – Jesse couldn’t wait to eat it!!

He’s so cute. And dinner was quite yummy. And on that note, I am going to bed, because this coming week, we get our sexy back, and start cooking every night that I’m not working again. It’s about durn time!!!


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