Thursday, July 16, 2009

Indian Seafood Soup

This afternoon my wife had to work, so dinner was on me.

She left me a bag of assorted frozen seafood we bought at Woodman's in Kenosha defrosting in the sink.

What to do, what to do...

  1. I had a half a vadalia onion left over in the fridge.

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  2. One yellow bell pepper.
  3. One heaping teaspoon of chopped garlic ( from the jar ).
  4. One heaping teaspoon of ginger paste.
  5. One large tomato.
  6. Two heaping teaspoons of lemon grass ( from the jar ).
  7. 1/2 Can drained garbanzo (chickpeas) beans.
  8. 1 15oz can chicken broth.
  9. 1 15oz can coconut milk.
  10. 2 cans ( use one of the others you emptied ) water.
  11. 4 chicken bullion cubes.
  12. 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper.
  13. 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  14. 6 green cardomom seeds.
  15. 1/2 stick cinnamon.
  16. 1 teaspoon yellow curry.
  17. 1 teaspoon fish sauce.
  18. 2 teaspoons ghee.
  19. 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  20. Salt to taste.

Holy crap, that's allot of ingredients.

In large'ish pot, add ghee and oil (oil keeps ghee from burning...it tolerates higher heat).

Add chopped onion, garlic, diced tomato (you will dice it, won't you?), lemon grass, diced pepper, fish sauce, cinnamon, cardamom seed, ground coriander, curry and red pepper (you may want to monitor the pepper, lest your kitty tongue gets burned). Let it simmer up a bit.

Add the can of broth and coconut milk. Drain the beans, and add half the can.

Bring it up to a simmer again, and check the flavor. Add salt to taste and simmer for about 20 minutes, more if you have beer or mojito's to occupy your time (I had mojito's, but that'll be another post).

Add the water and bullion cubes, because by now it's cooked down a bit.

Bring it back to a simmer and add the thawed and rinsed seafood mix 10 minutes before you intend to devour it.

Ours was good, I might even say excellent, and this is EXACTLY how I made it...in between mojito's, tearing the light bar off the XVZ 1300, chasing the dog away from the WE Energies engineer, and taking the clothes off the line before it rained, and trying to find the 10mm socket my son took...full night at the Croson's once again.

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