Naan Naan Naan Naan Naan….

Posted on February 5, 2016. Filed under: Main Course, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Winter is a slow time of the year for the restaurant business. People get their credit card bills from Christmas and freak out, and up here, the weather blows and no one wants to go out. So the result of that is I’m working a little less. But, because of the weather, I haven’t really been going out. (I hate cold. Hate. Hate.Hate)

I was trying to figure out what I was going to cook this week, and for a while was coming up blank. But, some time on Pinterest kept showing me a bunch of curry recipies and I couldn’t say no to that.

The first time I had Indian food was in high school. My boyfriend at the time and his mom took me. They didn’t tell me what I was eating and I had NO CLUE. That made it hard to figure out if I even liked it. After that, I didn’t go until Shawn decided I needed to give the cuisine another try. She knew what she was eating and we had some great stuff. I became sort of addicted to Tikka Masala and Naan bread. And samosas, those things are fabulous.

Tikka Masala is a tomato based sauce flavored with garam masala, along with other spices. I didn’t want to use a recipe for the dish this time (I did for the naan) because I wanted to play around with different stuff.

Vegan Tikka Masala with Tumeric Tofu and Naan

Here’s what to get from the store:

Garam Masala (Had to go to Whole Foods)
Tofu
Tomato Sauce
Coconut milk
Chickpeas
Broccoli
Mushrooms
Jasmine Rice
Yeast

Naan
(From Food Network)

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling, see Cook’s Note*
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Melted butter for slathering on the finished naans
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  1. In a large glass, dissolve the dry yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with 3/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F). Let it sit on your counter until it’s frothy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sift the flour, salt, remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar and baking powder into a large, deep bowl.
  3. Once the yeast is frothy, add the yogurt and the olive oil into the glass, and stir to combine. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients, and gently mix the ingredients together with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, use your hands to mix. It will feel like there isn’t enough flour at first, but keep going until it transforms into a soft, slightly sticky and pliable dough. As soon as it comes together, stop kneading. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let it sit in a warm, draft-free place for 2 to 4 hours.
  4. When you’re ready to roll, make sure you have two bowls on your counter: one with extra flour in it, and one with water. The dough will be extremely soft and sticky-this is good! Separate the dough into 6 equal portions and lightly roll each one in the bowl of extra flour to keep them from sticking to each other.
  5. Shape the naan. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a teardrop shape, narrower at the top than at the bottom. It should be 8 to 9-inches long, 4-inches wide at its widest point and about 1/4-inch thick. Once you’ve formed the general shape, you can also pick it up by one end and wiggle it; the dough’s own weight will stretch it out a little. Repeat this method with the rest of the dough. (If you’re making the gluten-free version, you’ll have better luck pressing the dough out with your fingertips, than rolling.)
  6. Warm a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until it’s nearly smoking. Make sure you have a lid large enough to fit the skillet and have a bowl of melted butter at the ready.
  7. Dampen your hands in the bowl of water and pick up one of your naans, flip-flopping it from one hand to the other to lightly dampen it. Gently lay it in the skillet and set your timer for 1 minute. The dough should start to bubble.
  8. After about 1 minute, flip the naan. It should be blistered and somewhat blackened, don’t worry – that’s typical of traditional naan! Cover the skillet with the lid and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more.
  9. Remove the naan from the skillet, brush with a bit of butter and sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish. Repeat with the rest of the naans and serve.

 

Vegan Tikka Masala

1/4 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
3 mushrooms, chopped
3 new potatoes, diced
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can coconut milk
1 15 oz can chickpeas
Handfull Cooked Broccoli
Garam Masala, Tumeric, Corriander, Cummin, Salt, Pepper
Tofu, cubed
Cooked Jasmine Rice

  1. In a skillet with high walls, saute the onion until translucent. Add the garlic, saute some more, and add salt, pepper, and garam masala
  2. Add the potatoes and mushrooms, season some more and saute.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and coconut milk, season a little more, and bring to a boil, then a simmer.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, saute the tofu with salt, pepper, tumeric and cumin until crispy.
  5. Serve over spiced Jasmine rice topped with the tofu and naan on the side.

Last week, my friend Maureen went into the hospital because of a blood clot. The Drs and nurses worked very hard and saved her life. She is doing much better and hopefully will go home soon. I was able to visit her and her devoted husband on Monday and was very glad how well she was doing. I’m constantly reminded of how short life can be, but how strong humans can be.

I’ve had a lot of energy this week, which is great, but then I can’t get to sleep early, which stinks. But I’ve been really happen and that’s all that matters.

 

 

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