Chana Masala

Monday, September 06, 2010

food painting for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Moreish. Satisfying. Aromatic. Warming.


Food painting artwork

30 x 30cm acrylic on paper. The paper is no ordinary paper, it is textured Hahnemuhle 300 gsm 100% alpha cellulose which is acid-free fibre of vegetable origin. 

Let's celebrate sequins, Indian style! Dots and dangling glitter and sparkle and bright cheerfulness everywhere.

By the way, all the food painting artwork is available to own in the Official Art Store.


The meatless meals recipe

Just gobsmackingly amazing. If you have had some bad experiences with Indian food, this recipe will show you how good the cuisine can really be.
2 1/2 large tomatoes, pureed
around 250g cooked chickpeas
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3 teaspoons garam masala
around 1 cup water
4 cloves garlic, minced or pureed
1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 1/2 large tomatoes, diced
100ml coconut milk
1 medium onion, in thin slices
3 large bay leaves
5 large curry leaves
5cm stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves

Put the pureed tomato, salt, turmeric, chickpeas and 2 teaspoons of the garam masala in a pot with 1/4 cup water and bring to the boil.
After bringing to the boil, add the garlic, 1 teaspoon of the ginger, the chopped tomatoes, coconut milk, onion and more water if necessary to maintain a thick sauce and prevent sticking.
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly and adding water if needs be.
Then add the bay leaves, curry leaves, cinnamon, cumin, 2 teaspoons of the fenugreek leaves and the rest of the garam masala.
Simmer for 30 minutes, adding water as necessary. Do not skimp on the cooking time. Lots of time is the magic ingredient in this dish.
Take off the heat. Add the remaining ginger and fenugreek leaves.

Serve on rice.

This makes a large meal for 2 or a light meal for 4.


More vegetarian cookbook goodies

Need help with conversions? Download this handy dandy pdf of cooking conversion charts for every cooking measuring system I could find. It should make your life easier.

Want to check out more vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.


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