I need to step away from the election reality distortion field and concentrate on other things,
One of the things I used to love is cooking. I don’t cook as much as I used to because I live with the pickiest kid on the planet. She goes through phases. Sometimes, all she wants is sushi. I know what you’re thinking. If she eats sushi, she can’t be that picky. Alas, no. Her recent obsession is Greek/middle eastern cuisine. Baba Ganouj, gyro, spanikopita, falafel. The one cuisine that I haven’t been able to get her to eat, along with anything with mushrooms (my favorite food), is Indian food.
So, when she’s not here, I make what I like. Lately, I’ve been watching videos from Titli Nihaan, who cooks all of her dishes halal, and a couple of Indian expats who do an Indian cooking YouTube channel called Show Me The Curry. The dishes they make look so delicious I can almost smell them through the iPad. So, I went to Show Me The Curry’s website and noticed that they recommended something called Shanti’s Spicebox for Indian spices. Around here, the grocery stores don’t carry all of the spices they use in their dishes and I’d feel out of place in an Indian grocery. So, I ordered the spice box. What the heck. It wasn’t very expensive. I was expecting little packets of spices, just enough for one butter chicken.
I was surprised to find that the Spicebox came with 30 Indian spices in generous portions. It would have cost a small fortune in the grocery store to get all of them, assuming i could find them. When I took the plastic shrink wrap off the box, the aroma instantly filled the air. It was so pungent that the box is hiding in my garage. I love the smell of fresh spices and can’t wait to use them but I don’t want them to take over my dreams.
Anyway, it’s just another little pleasure that doesn’t cost a lot of money but will make you think of exotic sunsets and water and banana leaves and fresh vegetables and women in brightly colored saris. That’s an image that will keep you warm throughout the fall. Plus, the curries don’t look nearly as intimidating now that I have all of the spices in one place. Now all I need is fresh curry leaves. If anyone knows where I can get my own curry plant, let me know.
For a taste of India, here’s Hetal and Anuja from ShowMeTheCurry, adding a pinch of spice to your life and showing how to cook Chicken Curry in a Hurry. Now, if I could only come up with a Greek name for this dish…