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 :)

1 comment:

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