|My "pav bhaji sabji" all steamy and cooking in the pot!|
I know that for some, cooking Indian style food can be a little intimidating. There are lots of complicated techniques, deep frying, oil and more oil, ingredients that you would be hard pressed to find, and tons of spices! But don't despair, one of the easiest way to make some pretty authentically flavored curries (or as we call them, sabjis) is to find some masala (mixture of spices) packets at your local Indian grocery (they can also be ordered on-line). Most of them have recipes on the back that are easy to follow; all you will need to do is supply the chopped veggies and oil!
If you have ever had pav bhaji (a type of mushy potato and veggie curry served on hot buttered bread), you know how addictive it is! Problem for me is, it is full of fat and carbs and I am really trying to cut back on both of those things. Instead of putting the curry on bread, I decided cook the veggies (cauliflower, peas, tomatoes) as more of a stew and used MDH brand pav bhaji masala for flavor. All the taste and a bit more diet-friendly!
To make my pav (minus the pav) bhaji sabji, I sauteed about 3 TB of pav bhaji spices in a bit of oil, added a whole head of chopped cauliflower (diced potatoes work well here, but again I was making it less carby) and fried it until the spices were absorbed. I then added about 3/4 cup of peas and 2 cups of petite diced canned tomatoes. After those fried for awhile, I turned down the heat and added salt, black pepper and about 1 cup of water. After simmering for about 20-30 minutes, it was ready. Super simple Indian food. And, I have to say it was really good!