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Chana Masala

Il chana masala é un piatto indiano a base di ceci che adoroooo!

Vi lascio di seguito la ricetta 🙂 Sotto, in inglese trovate anche la ricetta di un chutney di pomodori e raita – prometto che tradurrò il tutto a breve 😉

Chana masala

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Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 400 g Ceci
  • 2 cucchiai Burro
  • 1/2 cucchiaino Semi Di Senape
  • 1 Cipolla
  • 2 spicchi Aglio
  • 10 g Zenzero fresco
  • 2 Peperoncini secchi
  • 1 cucchiaino Coriandolo in polvere
  • 1/2 cucchiaino Cumino in polvere
  • 1/2 cucchiaino Curcuma in polvere
  • 1/2 cucchiaino Cannella in polvere
  • 100 g Zucca
  • 1 Carota
  • 3 cucchiai Passata Di Pomodoro
  • 1/2 tazza Acqua
  • 1/2 cucchiaino Garam Masala
  • q.b. Sale
  • q.b. Zucchero

Instructions

1

Mettete il burro in una padella e fatelo scaldare su fuoco medio-alto.

2

Non appena comincerà a formare una schiuma, aggiungete i semi di senape e cuocete fino a quando inizieranno a scoppiettare.

3

A questo punto aggiungete la cipolla tagliata finemente, gli spicchi d'aglio schiacciati e i peperoncini secchi. Cuocete fino a quando le cipolle saranno morbide.

4

A questo punto aggiungete la curcuma, il coriandolo, il cumino e la cannella.

5

Abbassate leggermente la fiamma e fate cuocere, mescolando, per un paio di minuti fino a quando le spezie inizieranno ad emanare il loro aroma.

6

Aggiungete lo zenzero fresco tagliato finemente e cuocete per un altro paio di minuti.

7

Aggiungete la zucca e la carota tagliate a dadini e cuocete fino a quando saranno morbide.

8

Unite i ceci già cotti in precedenza, la passata di pomodoro e l'acqua. Mescolate il tutto e cuocete fino a quando la maggior parte dell'acqua sarà evaporata. Aggiustate di sale e di zucchero se necessario.

9

Aggiungete il garam masala e cuocete ancora per qualche minuto.

Fresh Mint and Cucumber Raita

250 gr full fat yoghurt

150 gr cucumber, peeled, deseeded and grated

1 cm piece ginger root, peeled and grated

a small handful of mint leaves

1/4 tsp roasted ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients and chill in the fridge until serving time!

Instant Tomato Chutney

3 tbsp sunflower oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp chilli flakes (or to taste)

6 ripe medium-sized tomatoes, diced

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp honey

Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a heavy-based pot, when hot add the seeds. When they start to pop add the garlic and chili and cook for about a minute (depending on how hot your oil is, even less than that potentially or you might burn the garlic!). Add the tomatoes, honey, pepper and salt to taste. Put a lid on the pot and cook over medium -low heat until the tomatoes break down and your chutney is nice and thick. Put it in a glass jar , refrigerate it and consume it within a few days.

A new academic year is about to start and so is my new life as a foodblogger.  I make it sound more dramatic than it actually is, I know, but in the last couple of months I feel we’ve had a bit of a battle going on with kiddies and food – call it terrible twos, call it whingy toddler syndrome, no matter how you call it, it’s just bloody frustrating.

Imagine you are a two-year-old. Sitting at the table is boring and so is eating most of the time. Looking at helicopters, airplanes, leaves and little insects crawling up the window are life-or-death-matters, not sitting down at the table for digger’s sake.  And because you look too busy doing other things, the starving parents think you are not going to notice and end up eating what’s on your plate. How could they not see that you were starving? It’s definitely time to have a tantrum! Or if you’re lucky, the neighbour’s carer turns up with the best pancakes on earth and you can now stop screaming and stuff yourself  while you watch your parents suffering because they have eaten too much and don’t feel like eating pancakes (this is NOT fiction).

So, as far my new life as a foodblogger is concerned, not much is going to change really.  I think I can say that I used the last year to train the whole family’s palate to eat food with flavour but not overly sweet and salty – and I can say it worked! I used to drink my coffee with 3 teaspoons of sugar and now I reduced to one. My kiddies will avoid food that is overly sweet and  it’s amazing how for them often less is more.  In the last period I could avoid cooking dinner quite a few times and it’s been a real pleasure seeing them eating cherry tomatoes like popcorn, other raw vegetables and whatever fresh produce we would put in front of them.

All in all my mission stays the same, create yummy food that is little people friendly that is not overly sweet or salty, food that is tasty but at the same time nutritious and healthy but without racking my brain. Are they going to eat it? And what’s going to happen if they don’t eat it? Nothing, life goes on.  Therefore number 1 priority is to make food that pleases myself! Which is hard enough, I have to say.  I could change my blog name into “Fine Dining for Hungry Parents”  (because let’s be honest, that’s what it’s really about!) but I’ll keep it simply to just “Fine Dining”. And I’m not talking about 3 Michelin Stars food, I am talking about food that I can cook at home and that makes me go wow, I wanna eat this because I wanna eat this (guess who I might be quoting here :)). I wanna cook food that I secretly want to be rejected so that I can eat more of it (I’ve already decided I am buying a gym membership in October…).

For celebrating this whole new selfish me in the kitchen I decided to go for an amazing Indian lunch. I recently watched Gary Mehigan’s Far Flung and I found the tiffin box (Indian lunch boxes)  episode so amazing that now I want a tiffin box (I want a tiffin box because I want a tiffin box).  So I got  myself a book called Bombay Lunchbox by Carolyn Caldicott. It is such a pretty book with great photos and yummy easy recipes. I picked three I had most of the ingredients for and it turned out that they all go super well together! My little people avoided the chutney as it was too spicy for them, but the raita fixes it. You can eat this amazing trio with basmati rice or naan!

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