What with all of the plot produce going into Mum’s Kitchen, and it largely being Indian recipes that are being made; I could actually share them with you. There is a plethora-or a raft, if you want synonyms-of Indian recipe books, chefs, and even youtube channels dedicated to Indian cuisine. Some of which, is wonderfully simple; others are wonderfully complicated and demand you have a huge, great big supermarket sized pantry. I say pantry, as larders don’t translate into punjabi. I don’t believe in making things complicated, and I do like to share the things that are successes.(That’s also a mental note to actually share the stuff that gets made.)
Anyway, looking at the stash of squashes that Mum harvested today, I thought hmm, well, I’ll make chickpeas. I didn’t fancy battling the squashes. Not today.
You can find the youtube link here. (Well, yes, there is a channel)
What is in that pot?
- Onions-two large ones from the plot
- Garlic-from the plot
- Coriander-from the plot
- Chopped tomatoes from a tin, and a handful of ripened plot tomatoes
- ground down habanero paste
- cayenne chilli powder
- garam masala
The process then:
- The onions were blitzed in the food processor, with garlic and ginger being chopped.
- In a pan, olive oil and butter were warmed and cumin seeds added to them.
- Onions, garlic and ginger were then added and caramalised.
- With the onions, garlic and ginger golden, a tin of chopped tomatoes and some ripened plot tomatoes were added.
- To this, we then add spices. Garam masala, salt, chilli and turmeric. I also added some finely chopped coriander that came from the plot. It didn’t come chopped, no, Mum did that.
- This mixture was the cooked through, there is a visible colour change. If the tomatoes are really red, and the onion mixture already a deep caramel, this really will look quite vibrant.
- Next, chickpeas were put in and stirred through the mixture so as to coat them.
- Once coated and allowed to imbue with the mixture, water was added to make a gravy.
The point of this was to not only show a simple recipe, but also indicate how plot produce might be used. Might even do it again in the future!