Friday, April 16, 2010

Vegetarian TGIF

Today was a vegetarian day. I keep reading about no meat on Mondays, but that never seems to work out for me. So I guess no meat one day might be as good as no meat on Monday. I recently went to look for something on the Smithsonian website and noticed they had a food blog. That day's post was about chickpeas. Now chickpeas have never been on my list of favorite foods, but neither are they on my list of most deaded (like brussel sprouts). The post was pretty interesting and the author went on and on about the merits of this particular recipe for a chickpea stew and how nutritious and delicious it was. She had eaten it twice that week already.

So I followed her link to another blog, The Wednesday Chef, where she had obtained the recipe. There were multitudes of positive reviews of the recipe. The spices were mostly Indian, and we do love Indian food, so I printed the recipe and decided to give it a try. It was easy to make, but not quite as authentic as I would have liked. If you decide to try it, I would suggest more Thai pepper and some cumin. I served it over brown basmati rice and with a side of Trader Joe's frozen naan. Not as good as authentic, fresh-from-the-clay oven naan, but it will do in a pinch.

When I moved to California, I had never even tasted anything Indian. At first, every time I tried it, my digestive tract rebelled. This was about 20 years ago. Our friend Venkat, who is from Southern India, decided to teach me how to eat Indian food. He was a superb teacher, gradually introducing me to the flavors and acclimating me to the unfamiliar spices. Now I'm a convert and we dine at our favorite Indian restaurant once or twice a month.

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