My sister (who I literally call “Sister” and she calls both me and hubby “Sister”) recently turned the big 3-0.  She was really excited about the milestone, and we had a couple of fun outings to celebrate.  One was a dinner at a local Indian restaurant.  The waiter was really nice and friendly, and even though we were a table of 8 he didn’t write down a single order and miraculously managed not to get any wrong.  I find this incredibly impressive, as I often have a hard time remembering things like how old I am (or maybe I do this so I can continue to believe I am 16…).  When it came to my turn to order, I had no idea what to get (a usual occurrence for me) so I asked a few questions then ordered the butter masala.  He told me to get the korma.  Honestly, I was psyched, and wish all waiters would just tell me what to order! When the dinners all came, mine was the hit (so amazing!).  He was a mind reader!!

For most of my adult life I have made this curry regularly.  It is easy, and I am a little intimidated by Indian cooking.  Then, I tried my hand at masala, and I surprised myself by creating a really delicious version.  So, after having this korma, which was the best Indian dish I had ever had, I had to try to make it.

It took some tweaking but I think it came out really tasty.  It’s slightly different from the one I had at the restaurant, because I am pretty sure that one was rich in cream and butter, and I am a little more reserved with spices (I am afraid of over doing it).  In the end though, this is super yummy and if you love Indian food you should try it!!!

Health highlight of turmeric: Turmeric is bright yellow spice that is common in curries.  Because it is associated with curry, people often think it is spicy, but it is not at all spicy.  It has a kind of floral taste.  The health benefits are incredible, so I like to add a little to anything I can sneak it into!! Studies have shown it can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and cancer.  In India, where turmeric is used frequently, the rate of Alzheimer’s is the lowest in the world.  Turmeric has strong antioxidant power and is a powerfully anti-inflammatory food.  It has been shown useful for those with arthritis and even depression.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil (or margarine)
2 small Onions (diced)
2 teaspoons Garam Masala spice blend
¼ teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Turmeric
¼ teaspoon Cayenne (omit if you don’t like spice)
1 head Cauliflower (chopped)
1 – 10 oz bag Frozen Peas
1 ½ cups Coconut Milk
1 cup Water
Cooked Rice (to serve)

Instructions:

  • In a large pan add the oil and onions
  • Cook until the onions soften, about 3-5 minutes
  • Add the spices, stir them in
  • Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, peas and water
  • Cook until the cauliflower gets tender
  • Serve with rice, and enjoy!!!

Do you like Indian food?  What is your favorite dish?

 

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