Friday, February 15, 2013

zen and the art of veggie butter chicken (tofu)

much thought needs to be put into what we put into our mouths, also what comes out, reducing meat in your diet is no longer something that hippies do, its just a safer thing to do...

one must think about the implications of ones actions and it does not stop at just what goes in your mouth, it extends to every action that you take...like the Dala Lama says if you cant do any good, at least do not cause any harm, not just to people to animals too.

on a lighter note my daughter asked me to make vegetarian butter chicken (there is no chicken but just tofu!)

i must admit curries where never my strong point before any curry i used to make used to turn out like 'rasam', a thin south indian tangy watery soup.

my cooking has refined over the years though after catering for many last minute dinners and lunches for hungry children, spoilt by their mum's superb cooking...

i turn on a youtube channel, this guy wa rai wah, he is such a enthusiastic character, you cant help but like him :)

i never could compete with my wife on indian cooking, but I was determined to give her a run for her money...

i watch the Mr Wa Rai Wah, i don't write anything down, just observe...then I go to work:

soak a handful of cashews in hot water
5 cloves of garlic
2 inches of ginger
1 medium to large size onion
2 medium tomato

grind the cashews, garlic, ginger, onion to a pulp after chopping coarsely
start the large sauce pan, put in a teaspoon of cumin seeds in some oil
some few cloves,
a full dried chili broken in half
throw in the ground paste of onion, cashews etc
add two tablespoon of salt
then puree the tomatoes and throw in

let reduce
throw in 3 heaped tablespoons of Baba Brand 'Meat Masala' (complete vegetarian)
throw in 1 tablespoon of coriander and cumin powder
throw in 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

add boiling water
fry tofu, add
add potatoes, some zucchini, carrots
throw in crushed dried fenugreek leaves

WALA!  VEGETARIAN BUTTER CHICKEN


not bad, my daughter is licking her plate,
my wife is impressed,
i am surprise myself...


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