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Back on track

Posted by Jeanne on December 30, 2009

We have been eating total crap for the past couple of days.  We did well on Christmas despite being snowed in – I made an impromptu dinner of the worlds’ smallest roast chicken, beet salad, butternut squash soup, polenta squares, and some sauteed green beans.  Our neighbor Julie (who is an amazing glass artist) brought some spinach dip and crackers, and it was a great night.

Monday night we had leftover veggie paella that I made with some artichoke hearts and kidney beans on Sunday, so that was not so bad.  Then last night we ordered delivery pizza, which I then had for breakfast this morning, and topped with a fast food combo meal.  I felt like yuck all afternoon and decided it needed to stop immediately.

I made pindi chole – a north Indian dish that is basically chickpeas in spicy sauce – and served it over some brown rice.  Take that, fast food!

Pindi Chole – based on this recipe

1 to 2 TB oil, such as corn or canola

2 14.5-ounce cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 large onion, sliced lengthwise

2″ ginger, grated (we always freeze our ginger, and then use a Microplane grater on it)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1.5 tsp ground cumin, divided

1 TB ground coriander

1/2 tsp red chili powder (I used cayenne)

Salt to taste

To Garnish

Chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves

In a pan, heat a couple tablespoons of oil and add .5 tsp of ground cumin. When it begins to sizzle, add the onion and cook till the onion browns.

Add garlic and grated ginger. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the tomato, turmeric,  chili, coriander, remaining cumin, and salt.  Mix well and cook a few minutes, until well combined.

Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas and 1.5 cups water. Cook until the water has almost evaporated, stirring often.  Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, and serve over rice.

I wish we had some naan and samosas – and also that I had taken some pictures.  It’s not the prettiest dish ever, but it is really yummy.

Also healthy and vegan, if you’re into that sort of thing…

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