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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Great Recipe from the Food Network!

Here's a great recipe from the Chef that won the Food Network challenge. She gives us American food with a twist of Indian spices. I appended it a little.

Here's what I did:

I made my own Indian mixture of garam masala using equal proportions of :

Cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, cardamom, dried ginger, and nutmeg. I added a little black pepper. I mixed a teaspoon of each of the first 5 spices, and a half teaspoon of ginger and nutmeg. I added a pinch of the black pepper and stored it in an air tight jar.

Garam masala may be purchased in Indian markets and in the gourmet section of some supermarkets; since I couldn't find it in my local stores.

I used a less hot green chile pepper instead of the serrano (which was too hot for me). Because raisins have a lot of sugar, I substituted craisins, instead. You could use beef instead of turkey. It was great, and smells fabulous when cooking!!!

Sloppy Bombay Joes
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira 2010

Prep Time: Cook Time: Serves:
35 min 1 hr 4 to 6


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 serrano chile, seeded and finely minced (save the other half for the turkey)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water

3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Small handful shelled pistachios, about 1/4 cup
Small handful raisins, about 1/4 cup
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 large white onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeds and membrane removed, finely diced
1/2 serrano chile, seeds intact (don't chop it up unless you like things spicy!)
Kosher salt
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup half-and-half
Small handful chopped fresh cilantro (soft stems included)

4 to 6 hamburger buns

Begin by making the sauce: Warm the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, until it shimmers. Add the ginger, garlic and serrano pepper. Saute until the ginger and garlic brown a little. Add the garam masala and paprika and saute for 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile for the turkey, in large skillet, warm 2 tablespoons of oil. When shimmering, add the pistachios and raisins. Cook until the raisins swell up and the pistachios toast slightly. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Return the pan to medium heat, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of oil, and warm until shimmering. Add the cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle for about 10 seconds, or until some of the sizzling subsides. Stir in the onions and bell pepper; saute until softened and starting to brown. Add the serrano pepper. Saute for another couple of minutes, seasoning with a little salt. Stir in the turkey, breaking up the big lumps. Cook until opaque, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, your sauce should be ready. Pour the sauce into the skillet with the turkey. Stir and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.

Once the turkey is cooked and the sauce has thickened a little, remove the serrano pepper (unless you want to eat it whole, like my Dad does!). Add the honey, half-and-half, pistachios and raisins. Stir through and taste for seasoning. Before serving, garnish with fresh cilantro.

Toast the buns, fill with the turkey mixture and serve. Eat (with your hands!) and enjoy!


Pam said...

Sounds interesting. I'm afraid it wouldn't fly around here, tho'.

Marion said...

Oh, how I love Indian food! (I just re-read "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts for the 5th time and when I'm done I always feel as if I just taken a sensual vacation to the heart of India. And Cardamom is my expensive, guilty pleasure. (It's over $10 for a small bottle at Wally World!)

Great recipe. I can't wait to try it. Blessings!

Kelly said...

Yay for Aarti!! I'm glad you tried this and enjoyed it! I'm planning to do the dessert from this episode over the weekend. I may be the only one that will eat it, but that's okay.

I first bought Cardamom for Marion's Exotic Spice Cake and at that price am excited to find new recipes to use it in.

You've inspired me to hurry up and try her chicken recipe, too. Mmmmm.. that pulled pork yesterday looked good, too, but I'm going to do the one from that mystery I read first.

Serena said...

It "looks" good. I'm afraid it would give me heartburn to die from, though. I hope the temp job is still going well. And if you like it, I hope it evolves into something permanent.

Hal Johnson said...

Dang, that sounds good, and I think my little dude would love it.