Atul’s Spicy Garbanzo Beans Curry

Garbanzo Bean Curry

My friend Atul makes a awesome spicy garbanzo bean curry with lots of spices. Every time we have had a get together, I have him make garbanzo curry – spicy for him and I and not so spicy for the kids and the wives. So I invited him and his family to cook at our place! I was going to make the dessert and appetizer and he was to make his famous garbanzo beans curry. I am into cooking with organic spices and vegetables and as for him, he does not care. So it was interesting to see him cook at our place with the organic spices. When he cooks, he goes by the aroma of the cooking to figure out if he needs to add more of certain spices. He added the spices according to what he was used to at his home and somehow he did not seem sure the aroma was quite right. So he had to finally taste it and it tasted a little stronger. He looks at me and asks me “Where did you buy the spices from?”. I said “definitely not from the Indian store as the spices are neither fresh nor organic. I said I get them online via Frontier coop or from PCC, the organic grocery store that sells spices in bulk.”. I looked puzzled and asked him “What’s wrong? Don’t you like the spices that I have?” He said he likes them but they seem to be stronger. So I said to him “well, that is the way they are supposed to be as they are fresher!” In the end, he made some adjustments and the dish turned out excellent.

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Aloo Baingan (Eggplant and Potatoes Laced with Fennel)

Eggplant and Potatoes Laced with Fennel

Another funny thing happened last week. My wife was making coffee the other day and then she was looking for sugar. There were two containers – one was sugar and one was idli flour (rice that is ground in such a way that it has a grainy texture). So the flour looks almost like sugar. Since it looks similar to sugar, I labeled the container. But my wife absent mindedly takes two spoons and pours it in her coffee and start stirring. Obviously it does not dissolve. She adds one more spoon and still it does not dissolve! She calls me and says that something is wrong with the sugar. After looking at the container, I tell her – “Sweetheart! I know you don’t like to cook but….idli flour usually does not go well with coffee and does not dissolve.” Of course, we had a good laugh about it. So much for that incident, now moving on….
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Spicy Black Eyed Peas

Spicy Black Eyed Peas

We wanted to buy a camcorder but while researching for them, a good camcorder came out close to $700. So instead, I decided to sell my existing digital SLR canon camera and buy the newest Canon Rebel T2i that has 1080p (or HD Video) capability built into it. Also, I have been meaning to buy another better quality zoom lens since I am in the process of starting a photography blog. I just got the camera today and completely forgot that I had to post a recipe today. Since I was without a camera for almost 2 weeks and was scrambling to find a recipe that I had made but not posted yet. Luckily I found a very easy recipe that I had made with black eyed peas but never posted.
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Braised Spicy Eggplant in Ginger-Tamarind Sauce

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Since I leave for work quite early, my daughter likes me to write a short note to her so she can read it when she wakes up. She looks forward to that. She keeps all those notes in a box in her room. She also keeps notes from the “tooth fairy” along with her tooth and the money she gets from the “tooth fairy”. She writes notes to the “tooth fairy” whether to take her tooth or not. The “tooth fairy”, also known as my wife, writes her a note back as to how good a girl she has been or how well she is doing in school etc. And because of my daughter’s good behavior, she leaves her a dollar instead of the customary 25 cents. A funny thing happened last week. My daughter was going through her collection of notes both from me and the tooth fairy and she decided to compare my wife’s handwriting and the “tooth fairy’s” handwriting. She calls my wife and tells her, “Mom, how come the tooth fairy’s handwriting and your handwriting matches exactly! Are you the tooth fairy? How come the tooth fairy knew that I was going to a new school?” Well, there goes the tooth fairy legend. I guess my 8 year old daugther is growing up and figuring things out. Not sure if she still believes in Santa Clause. We will know this Christmas.

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