Monday, September 14, 2009

curry in a hurry

work has been crazy for me lately, and i've honestly not felt like cooking complicated meals when i get home. i've been eating a lot of easy meals, and i thought this one was one of the more blog worthy. the only catch is that for an quick and easy meal, you'll want to have your curry powder made ahead of time, or buy some. i made my several months ago and keep it in a spice jar.

  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 carrots, julienned
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

for the curry powder:
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seed
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tablespoon cloves
  • 3/4 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
to make the curry powder, put all seeds (everything through the fenugreek) on a cookie sheet and place in the oven on 300 for about 15-20 minutes. alternately, you can put it in a cast iron skillet and heat on a medium stove top. once seeds begin to pop, wait about another 20 seconds before you remove them. put the toasted seeds along with the rest of the powdered ingredients into a magic bullet or the old fashioned mortar and pestle. grind into a curry powder.

cook brown rice according to directions. meanwhile, slice all the veggies up and place in a non-stick skillet. heat on medium high for one or two minutes, until the garlic starts to brown a little. add in the curry powder and onion/onion powder. the juices from the tomatoes and veggies should provide enough liquid to make a thick sauce. if not, add in 1/4 cup of water or coconut milk. when the green peppers are tender and cabbage is translucent, remove from heat. serve over brown rice.

make 2 dinner servings.


Mihl said...

Curry in a hurry sounds like a great idea!

Lauren said...

Curry in a hurry sounds delicious! :) I love quick easy tasty meals! YUM! I hope your life calms down a bit!

Anonymous said...

Curry is always made in a hurry where I am concerned. I like to see blends and powders and seasonings being made from scratch. Good work!

Bianca said...

I love quick curries for weeknight meals. This one sounds yummy. I really outta start making my own curry powder. I always just buy the cheapo pre-made stuff.

allijag said...

I feel ya sister - the easier the better when work is insane! Sounds delicious!

Shannon said...

i've been rockin the reheat when i get home, but this is another great option :)

Jeni Treehugger said...

Curry in a hurry sounds perfect. I´m loving your Spice blend.

iRaw said...

I love curry and this looks delicious. That is so cool that you make your own blend! Thanks for posting the how-to.

Adam said...

I really dig that spice blend. Awesome idea to have that on hand for those super busy nights, I know we all have those time to time :)

Now I'm gonna have your tagline stuck in my head all day... curry in a hurry, curry in a hurry...

Anonymous said...

Mmm...this looks delicious!

Lovliebutterfly said...

This curry sounds delicious! I always have curry powder made in advance and your blend sounds wonderful! Yum!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Mmm, I love a good curry!

VeganCowGirl said...

hurried or not, this looks amazing! curry is fantastic and I love how personalized it can be....from cook to cook it is always a little different. Yours looks great.

Alyssa said...

You have to be careful with curry, last time (actually the only time) we had curry in our house, the smell traveled to the bottom of our basement stairs and stayed there for about 6 months.. it kind of punched you in the face when you went down there..

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Looks like an awesome quick dinner! Can never have enough of those!

Sal said...

same here - lately i've been not in the mood to cook much at all. can't beat a curry for a quick dinner.

jessy said...

i love a quick 'n tasty meal that you can toss together in a jiffy. your curry in a hurry sounds fantastic (i love all the spices you used!) & looks so colorful! :)