Monday, October 31, 2011

Bruce's Saag

I love spinach, and Garbanzo beans. If you feel the same, this is for you.

I            can Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
2 lbs.     fresh spinach (or frozen chopped)
1 Tbs.    Olive oil
1 tsp.     Garam Masala
2 tsp      Curry Powder
1/4 tsp   Cayenne
1 tsp.     ground cumin
1 cup     Non-Fat Yogurt (yogurt cheese) or Greek Yogurt

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat, add all spices and cook for about 1 minute, use heat judiciously, so as not to burn the spice. Now add the drained can of Garbanzo Beans, and combine with spices, turn heat down and simmer. Steam spinach until wilted, then place in dish towel, and wring out moisture, now place in bowl and liquefy using an immersion blender, or use a regular blender. Now add to beans, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Turn heat off, and allow to cool for 5 minutes, now stir in the yogurt, and serve. Goes well with Basmati Rice, or one of the Indian Flat breads, Chapatti, Roti, Naan.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Caramelized Onions

10 lbs      Onions
1/2 tsp     Sea Salt
2 TBS     Balsamic Vinegar

Thinly slice the onions. Place onions in large pot, Dutch Oven type container  on medium heat covered, until you hear them boiling, then turn heat down to low. Allow to braise in pot for 45 minutes, to an hour. They will be reduced by about 2/3d's, now uncover, and allow to simmer until the liquid is reduced, but there is still a little moisture. This can take hours, depending upon your humidity. Now can the finished product.

This process makes for a very sweet relish, all natural. Love it in steak sandwiches  with roasted red peppers, and mayonnaise on a baguette, to die for. Use your imagination great with meat dishes, served cold in a salad, etc.