Recently though, a friend had me over for dinner and cooked Indian food and was generous enough to talk about what went into the dishes he prepared. Though I do need to get myself over to a spice shop and pick up a few necessary ingredients, here is my first (nay - second) attempt. (The first attempt just tasted like spinach.) This one, however, was GOOD.
- Cumin (powdered, though seeds are preferred)
- Ginger (powdered, though fresh is preferred)
- Fenugreek seed
- Cilantro (dried, though fresh would be better)
- Red Pepper (powdered, not flaked)
- Garlic (powdered, because I was out of fresh)
- Onion, chopped
- One potato
- Spinach, chopped
- Plain Yogurt
- Naan (Why not? It was in the house.)
- Olive or canola oil
- Melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add a little oil and heat one minute.
- Add the spices - all of them and mix, inhaling, because it will smell good.
- Add the onion and cook two minutes while microwaving the potato for the same amount of time.
- Cube the potato and add to the mix. Stir. Maybe add a little more olive oil and another dose of all the spices.
- Add the spinach and stir.
- Add the arugula and stir. Cook for three minutes longer.
- Remove entire contents of pan to a plate and enjoy with a side of yogurt and a piece of naan. Or a tortilla.
I'll follow up with a recipe you can actually follow once I've tried this a few more times.
For ideas on how to use this as part of a meal, check out this Indian Food Menu.