Thursday, July 30, 2015

Easy recipe with local ingredients....Inspired by GREAT Indian food in Belmopan!

It is frustrating to cook here sometimes, as you will go to the store with a list and find that some basic things just aren't in stock this week. You can find yourself changing up your menu on a whim. Sometimes you will find that you accidentally create a masterpiece! I got the idea for this recipe when, earlier this month, Dave and I had to go to Belmopan for some errands, as most people find they have to do if you live here. Dave saw a review for an Indian restaurant in Belmopan's outdoor "restaurant row" (I do not know if this is what it is called, that is what I am calling it :)...picture a couple rows of outdoor wooden booths filled with delicious street food, but with tables and wifi!)
Everest Indian Restaurant, the owner with Dave :)
 "Restaurant Row."-right near all the offices downtown.
Anyway, this place is now the place we will go every time we have to go to Belmopan. YUM! There is a great Indian/Caribbean place called Tiger on the peninsula that is slow food--this was the best fast Indian food ever!

Based on this experience, I tried to recreate some of the flavors with what I could find at the local stores. Somehow, not to brag, but I created something so delicious by accident that I have to share it! You can put this all in a crockpot and not have to heat up your house as a side benefit.
Picture I stole from pinterest, this is what it looks like:
In your crockpot, place the following in this order (bottom to top)
-2 regular size cans (15oz) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie!)
-1 regular size can unsweetened coconut milk
-1-2 packages frozen boneless chicken breasts
-1 chopped green pepper
-1 chopped head broccoli
-1 chopped head cauliflower
-2 chopped carrots
-2 chopped yams
-1 chopped onion
-the following spices to your liking about 1-2 tablespoons-here is what I used:
-2 tbsp curry
-2 tbsp garlic/parsley powder
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp cloves
-1 tbsp nutmeg
-juice of 1/2 lime
-1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1 tbsp sugar or stevia
-1 tbsp salt
-1 tbsp black pepper
-1 tbsp cumin
-1 tbsp chili powder***
-2 tbsp red pepper flakes***
--Heat on low for about 5-6 hours, stir occasionally to mix the spices in.
*** Note--we like things SPICY(use less chili and pepper flakes if you don't), and I also like to make a TON of food at once. This made about 10 meals(it gets even better the longer it is stored in the fridge). I served this with jasmine white rice or flour tortillas heated up for a few seconds on a hot frying pan (use the tortilla like naan bread, tear it up and scoop it in, delicious!) This seems like a lot of ingredients, but they are easy to find here, and a lot of them may already be in your pantry. You could easily cut in half :)
Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. TOTALLY must try this. BTW, can you get a FEW more ingredients in that recipe ;) YUM! -SanPedroScoop

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  2. Very Informative and useful, Keep it up the great work. If you want to Enjoy Indian Delicious food in London, than you need to visit Indian restaurant in London United Kingdom. Mumbai Square is one from them and shows very delicious food.

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