Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Curry cream fried gabanzos with Tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt) salad

Curry cream fried garbanzos
Level: Challenging
Half large onion
3 large cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon caraway seeds (cumin seeds will also work but they are both optional)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
2 cups largely chopped cabbage
1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 can of roasted tomatoes
1/4 cup of chopped red bell peppers
1/4 sour cream
1/4 heavy cream
1 1/2 cup of cooked cubed potatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. In olive oil fry the onions, garlic, caraway seeds, curry powder, pepper flakes, and add salt and pepper.
2. After 2 minutes add cabbage.
3. When cabbage is translucent add the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, red bell peppers (we used ones in a jar).
4. Mix sour cream and heavy cream separately (this is our version of Central American cream :}). Add to mixture and cubed potatoes. Toss everything together.
5. Let everything simmer for 5 minutes and continue adding salt and pepper to taste.

**Our wonderful cook of a mom did not like the idea, but we sure showed her because it really was great! We had it with plain white rice. My sister probably added more curry than the amount on the recipe. We don't really measure things so its hard to know. Always taste and trust your tastes buds since after all they are the ones that will be the final judges.**

Tzatziki salad
Level: Beginner
1 garlic clove
1 large cucumber
1/2- 1 cup plain yogurt
Dried mint
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Spinach (to serve the salad on, optional)

1. Mince the garlic and cut the cucumber in small squares.
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle olive old and add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Serve on spinach leaves.

**We usually have this salad right on the plate, but we decided to put it on top of fresh spinach which is a staple in our meals. Believe me, once you start eating the stuff to just combine it with the rest of your meal you won't be able to stop! The spinach was great in containing the yogurt from getting all over the other food on the plate.**

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