Vegetarian Korma and a spider story
{Yikes!}

Man..... has it really been 11 days since I updated my everyday/foodie/life blog? Guess so.  It's been bookish posts lately and reading and cooking.  And bread making. Coming off such a nice time at the bayside has me dreaming about sitting by the water.....and not updating my online journal.

Well, to get back into a routine let me share this easy peasy Indian meal.  Yes, I did use a jarred sauce but sometimes a good quality jarred product is just the ticket.  More on that in a minute.

Let me tell you how I almost drove off the road last week. :-)

I am not a fan of spiders. Not at all. Last week we were heading to the park, I pulled down the sun visor and surprise! This fairly large brown spider drops on to the steering wheel. A scant 7 inches between me and scary brown spider.  If I see a spider on the ceiling or floor or counter I am prepared. Quick intake of breath, then a solid object is applied to extinguish said spider.

No time for all that!  I see it land (plummet actually), involuntary screech as my hands leave the wheel. Scared Doug, and probably Aja too, but fortunately I recovered enough to pull on to a dirt driveway. I'm out of the car in a flash looking for this thing everywhere. It probably went into a gap in the steering column. Let's hope it doesn't crawl out one day and go up a leg of my jeans.  You'll hear me screaming on the moon if that happens.

Ahem....so, here is the Korma.  So creamy with the coconut and spices.


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This is what I call a workday Korma because of the jarred sauce.  Sometimes you need a hot delicious meal on the table pronto.  There is still some chopping to do but I can get this served up in a half hour if I get right to it.  The key to convenience foods is using quality products.  Patak's is excellent, I love their sauces.


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Vegetarian Korma

2 medium potatoes, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
4 cups chopped vegetables (I used onions, garlic, cauliflower, carrots, red bell pepper and peas)
1 can chick peas (garbanzos), drained
1/2 cup cashews, optional
Korma sauce


INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender. Mix in ginger and garlic, and continue cooking 1 minute. Mix potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, cashews, and 1/2 cup plain yogurt. Season with salt and curry powder. Cook and stir 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Toss in cashews now if you are adding them.
  1. Stir in peas, bell pepper, and sauce into the skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro to serve.  Serve with warm naan.


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I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.

12 comments:

Mae Travels said...

Patek's sauces and mixes are available in some of the places I shop, so I think you have inspired me to try one of them some time. Your selection of veggies must be delicious.

Spiders or anything creepy can be a real danger on the road! I hope that one is truly gone.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

Oh me, I'd be screaming and slamming on the brakes so I could jump out. I don't do spiders or bugs. Except for Ladybugs. I love them :)

Oh me, I love Indian food and that recipe is going on my list for this week. I'll be using jar sauce too.

Velva said...

I feel that way about roaches!!! Totally understand your reaction!

I like the quick Indian meal. Nice.

Velva

Tina said...

Mae, we like those sauces and they are a blessing when time is short or we get home late. I hope you enjoy them too. Yes! Spiders can be upstting, I hope it's gone for good!

Vicki, ladybugs are nice and I don't mind them either. Hope you like the Indian recipe :-)

Velva, I'm not crazy about roaches either.

Judee Algazi said...

I have rarely made an Indian food recipe but then again I have never thought to use a store bought sauce! sounds easy enough. Thanks for the recipe

Beth F said...

*shudder* on the spider. I'm not particularly scared of them, but I don't want one dropping down on top me and then disappearing. Yikes!

I too like Patak sauces and used them for lazy weeknight dinners. This looks good and warming!

Tina said...

Thanks, Judee!

BFR, yes, that was shocking when the spider hit the steering column! I still don’t know if it’s in the car.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Yes--spiders are awful and when the element of surprise is added it makes it all the worse. I had that happen to me in a rental car with a cockroach running over my foot--it was everything I could do to stay on the road. Yikes and yuck! On a happier note, your Korma looks delicious. Patek's sauces are great and definitely a time saver. ;-)

Claudia said...

Yes, here in Hawaii it's more often a cockroach, and I wouldn't want to be driving during an encounter!
Often in the mood for a quick and easy curry though, and Patek's is good.

Tina said...

Thanks Deb and Claudia, my friends in beautiful Hawaii ! We have roaches here too but I haven’t had one in the car - thankfully ! The Korma is a favorite of mine. It may make it to the Thanksgiving table if we have Indian.

Carole said...

I don't much like spiders but there are worse things.... Weta's, crocodiles... Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Katherine P said...

I don't mind spiders but I think having one drop suddenly on the steering wheel would be quite a shock. I once had a mouse run across the floorboard while driving once. I still haven't recovered.

This sauce looks amazing! While I do try and stay away from most jarred sauces there are some that make the cut and I have a feeling this would be one! Sounds like a perfect quick dinner and just the meal for this grey chilly weather we've got going right now.

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