Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today during errands, we stopped by Goodwill and picked up this excellent enameled cast iron stew pot for $10. It inspired me to cook up an Indian stew for the family.

My wife liked it so much she suggested I blog what I did, since it was all spur of the moment, like so much of my cooking is.

The ingredients are as follows, in what I remember to be the approximate quantities...

  • 1/2 vidalia onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 green chili pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 large tomato chopped
  • 2 small white potatoes diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 3 or 4 mint leaves
  • 3 or 4 bay leaves
  • 4 or 5 small green leafy nutty spice I picked up at an Indian store, but have NO idea what it is...
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bullion
  • 1/2 lb cubed pork tenderloin

Drop 1 or 2 tablespoons butter and a similar amount of olive oil in your pan over medium heat. The olive oil will help keep the butter from burning. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.

As you chop your veggies, add them to your pan. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits, preferably between vegetable types. Stir often.

Add all the spices, stirring frequently. Let the mixture cook and allow the tomatoes to break down. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, chicken bullion and about a cup of water. Bring to a simmer and taste test. Adjust your spices to your liking. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.

Add pork, or substitute for your favorite meat. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.

Start making some good Basmati or similar rice. Take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.

Let your stew simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, or until the veggies are al dente.

Eat lots, and don't forget to take a sip of wine, beer or your favorite spirits.... ;-)

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