Chana Masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes, I still once in a while go and get some. I have never attempted making this dish or any really ethnic dishes raw, but this turned out better than I thought, it was soooo good. It is really high in protein (more than 21 grams) so it makes a really good post workout meal.
Tikka Masala is an Indian dish usually made with Chicken, as well as some combination of creams and tomato sauce. I realized this old favorite would be an easy dish to re-create raw. It includes several optimizations that can be foregone to save time and effort. The quickest version of this recipe can be made with two cups of coconut milk, no almond milk, and no irish moss. I recommend going all the way if you want to imitate its namesake - it will still be quick and easy.
Barfi (Indian sweet meats)
This weekend I went out to an Indian restaurant with my friends, and after eating dinner, a few them decided they were still up for a dessert. The restaurant had a big array of Indian sweet meats, and so I stood and explained to everyone what each one was. After everyone had finished scarfing down all the desserts, I realized that I could probably replicate them pretty well. There are many types of Indian sweat meats(ludoo, rusgula, gulab jamun), but out of all of them, my favorite is barfi. Barfi is traditionally made with boiled down milk, jaggery (home-made evaporate cane sugar), and ghee (clarified). Basically, this stuff is heavy, really heavy. If you can imagine what solidified poisonous deliciousness tastes like, that‚€™s barfi. So now, with my barfi, you can enjoy all the wonderful flavors of barfi, with none of the common side effects (brick feeling in your stomach, immediate sleepiness, general malaise, etc.). Enjoy this one!
As the first order of business for this post, I would like to announce the opening of the Roshi‚€™s Online Store . As our very first product, we will be selling incense sticks (known as agarbathies in India) which I brought back from India this summer. The incense sticks are hand made by the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. The Aurobindo Ashram is well known for its support of cottage industries (industries made by hand, in a home and not a factory), like production of incense sticks, textiles, artwork, etc. I brought back a bunch of these incense sticks for myself because they smelled so wonderful and they are made with all natural ingredients. For more information on the incense, you can visit the
Auroshikha website. Then head over to our store to pick up a batch.
Chaat it up
So I actually started this recipe with something completely different in mind, which ended up not working out like I wanted it too (I would of had to use a dehydrator to get it just right, and you all know how Ro and I dislike waiting for food). After playing around with what I had made, I thought I would go for more of a fusion feel on this one. The idea of pizza popped into my head, and so the chaat it up pizza was born. I actually wasn‚€™t sure if it would taste good until I took a bite, and wow! what a bite.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with chaat (literally meaning to lick or to taste), this should be a good introduction. Chaat is style of Indian snack food, mostly found in the north of India, and consists of all of my favorite Indian dishes. Chaat usually consists of a variety of cracker like snacks, topped yogurt, tamarind chutney, yogurt, and basically every spice known to man. The result is an explosion of flavors you probably didn‚€™t know was possible and a stomach that will likely be angry with you for submitting it to such a concoction. Luckily, this dish should give you all of those wonderful flavors without the resulting gas problems. Hope you all enjoy it!
I do love my curries! This reminded me of tikka masala sauce and it was quite thick and creamy.