Monday, April 13, 2009

Jeanie's Aussified Indian Feast

Welcome to dinner.

We are having tonight what we had last night - I am cooking it all over again because IT WAS THAT GOOD!! and tonight, you get to share.

Firstly, you will note that 'Salina does not have a place at the table tonight. This is due to my suddenly working 11ty-thousand hours next week, which happens to be school holidays and what-the-ho - there is no vacation care left unbooked. She doesn't mind being shipped off to Auntie BB's, Grandpa certainly doesn't mind an offsider for his little mustering jaunts, and I hope Auntie BB doesn't mind the extra (ravenous) mouth to feed.

I miss her already, though.

But I don't miss having to wrack my brains for child-friendly versions of something so scrumptelicious as the following.

Got your bibs on?

Firstly, I am not retyping the recipe I found through Chef Google, instead I will give you the link for an excellent Madras Beef Curry from Taste magazine.

For the accompanying dish, I have to google my own brain, as it was one of my vegetarian staples from long, long ago.

Jeanie's Aussified Palak Paneer
  • oil
  • garlic - few cloves minced
  • ginger - bout the same amount as the garlic
  • good shake of cumin seeds
  • 4-6 cardomom pods
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • bit of tumeric
  • few curry leaves
  • some chili however you find it
  • diced onion
  • oops - nearly forgot some lemon juice
  • tin of tomatoes
  • Spinach - lots cooked/frozen and chopped
  • feta cheese

How to make it
  • Heat up the oil
  • Add the spices and fry while you chop the onion
  • Add the onion and cook while you look for the can opener.

  • The good news was I didn't need a tin opener, as I spent a week while rinsing out my eyes.
  • Add the tomatoes and mush in with the spinach
    check it out - cubies!!

  • Cook for a while and adjust liquid a little if required
    mmmm - soylant green

  • oops - if you forgot to put the lemon juice in with the onion - ahem - now would be a good time to do so!
  • Cube the feta and add
  • Cook for another 10 minutes while your rice cooker does its thing
  • Eat!!

Beautiful with rice. And natural yoghurt. And nan/roti/chapati/heck, bread!


MissyBoo said...

Mmmmmmm... yummo! I am so lucky that Boo's favourite food is curry so I don't need to come up with child-friendly recipes for me to indulge in my favourite food :)

I am so unlucky that today is clear fluids only for me today! But there is grandma's curry for dinner tomorrow night :)


I like your chopping board.

Did you make lots of extra so you can just reheat while you are working all those hours?

Alison said...

Ohhhh yuuummmmmm!!!!!!
Jeanie, this looks SO good I may just be tempted to set foot in the kitchen and actually cook something!!!!

Love the 'almost forgot' notes, too. They will be very helpful, thanks!

Jayne said...

That looks fantastic :)
Thanks for the invite, just as well I brought my own bib lol ;)

Woman in a Window said...

I am constantly astounded by all the different foods out there in the world and yet, tomorrow we're going to have...wait for it...chicken burgers. Ya.

Yours looks devine!

Widdle Shamrock said...

I was about to make a caramel cake. I think I will follow up with this, I have all the ingredients !!!!!!

My mouth is watering. Mr S LOVES curry with a capital L !!!

jeanie said...

M+B - yes, I failed 'Salina in not expanding her tastes at the right time - I am hoping it will change in times to come.

Elizabeth - yes, there were leftovers for both V and I - and compliments from my workmates when I heated it up! The chopping board is fun - almost need a new one, though.

Alison - it is truly yum! I am sure tofu would work to keep the dairy component out if you needed.

Jayne - any time, mate.

Woman in a Window - chicken burgers have their place, but I recommend a little international food travel every once in a while!

Widdle Shamrock - I am not sure how it would taste AFTER caramel cake!

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BB said...

My mouth is watering - only found this post this morning (yearning for curry at 7.30am?). Salina was a delight as usual, and I think you should also post that roasted peppers and gnocchi thing you did when you were vego. Divine!!!