Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spicy Chickpeas and More

Last night was another recipe from Vegetarian. Spicy chickpeas. They tasted very much like channa masala, but were less saucy, and maybe even better. They were spiced with tumeric, cumin, garam masala, fresh ginger, minced green chile, a couple cloves of minced garlic and tamarind concentrate. Really easy to make to. Just saute onion until soft. Add above ingredients and saute for a couple more minutes. Add a couple cups of chickpeas and a can of diced tomatoes and simmer for 45 minutes. That's it. I served it over jasmine rice, and made a side of steamed cauliflower and broccoli. To season the veggies, I toasted a few cumin seeds in about a tsp of oil, added a pinch of tumeric, and poured it over the veggies. The toasted cumin seeds gave it a nice little crunch.

Tonight I made a dinner that Sleek had requested. In the Vegetarian cookbook, he saw a recipe for asparagus with hollandaise sauce and another for asparagus and eggs. He wanted a combo of the two. Another really easy dinner. I roasted the asparagus, and poached the eggs in ramekins in a pot of boiling water. The hollandaise was really easy to make. I think it would have been a bit creamer and more "solidified" if I had used butter instead of Earth Balance. The flavor was really good, though, and definitely lighter than your traditional hollandaise. I don't eat eggs very often, but when I do at least I can get free-roaming, pasture-fed eggs from a farm right outside of M0-town. If I couldn't, I definitely wouldn't be eating them at all.



I kicked it old-school in the kitchen today with Beastie Boys License to Ill and Check Your Head. Sweet!

7 comments:

olives and more said...

Man...are those eggs real!?! Good cooking. Those chickpeas looks super yum...I just registered for summer and falle grad classes...I really think it might be the death of me...I think I might be trying to take on too much...okay, your blog is probably not the place for this....maybe a private email...but you'll hear all about it at the party I was never invited to. HA!

The Dalai Mama said...

The ramekin idea for the eggs worked great! You're the one who mentioned it. I never would've thought of it otherwise.

You'll be fine in grad school. It will be hard, but I think just living is hard for a single mama with two little ones.

keeta said...

Those chickpeas look yummy!

getto said...

You're probably already aware of this but Hollandaise must be stirred constantly for a creamy texture. Just FYI. Eggs (Benedict specifically), asparagus, homefries, and hollandaise is by far my favourite breakfast, dating back to my early childhood. Looks yummy. Now I am hungry.

The Dalai Mama said...

getto: Damn. It's now been over a week since I made that, but I think I stirred it constantly. I can't even remember!

rebecca said...

Okay, do you like eggs? Try an omlette with crabmeat, asparagus, a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, topped with hollandaise.

I'm going through an asparagus obsession right now. :)

The Dalai Mama said...

becky: I've had something very similar to that before. Eggs Oscar. Like Eggs Benedict, but the canadian bacon is replaced with a crabcake. I do love a good omelet, though!