Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It IS The Easiest!

This morning I needed an easy to put together dinner that would also be quick to reheat after work.  However, there wasn't a lot for me to work with; other than basics, the refrigerator was looking a little bare.  Except for the garbanzo beans left over from making hummus. After a quick Internet search I ended up with an interesting-sounding recipe from Martha Stewart that turned into my main dish.

The title of the recipe didn't lie; this was the easiest Indian dish I ever put together.  It also tasted good, with just the right amount of curry kick.  I made a couple of changes (substituted one can of diced tomatoes pureed with a hand blender for two cups of the sauce, and used 2 cups of dried, cooked beans instead of canned).  I also used brown rice instead of white, which added to the preparation time, but since I wasn't eating immediately it didn't matter.

Easiest Indian Stew
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups homemade or best-quality store-bought tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
Cook rice according to package instructions; cover, and keep warm. While rice is cooking, heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add curry powder and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, chickpeas, and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Serve stew with rice and yogurt, garnished with lime wedges and a pinch of curry.


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  1. Replies
    1. I love recipes like this. It was easy, healthy, AND cheap!

  2. it looks delicious! I love how google always comes to the rescue, I don't know what I would do without it.

  3. What did we do before the internet? We had to scour cookbooks! Ugh. haha.
    Looks so pretty in that bowl!

    1. I know! I rarely look at cookbooks any more.

      And, BTW, the photo isn't mine. I 'borrowed" Martha's. :-)