Tuesday, February 21, 2012


For my first foray into Indian cooking, I decided to make my favorite: Lamb with Spinach (Dilli Ka Saag Gosht) (pg 67 of Indian Cooking). I've never eaten most of the dishes in this book, so I figured I'd start with something I knew I'd like. Boy, did I like it. I ate waaay too much of this. Matt served himself first, and I thought he took half. I took the other half. Turns out, he did not take half. He thought he left enough for me, and for lunch tomorrow. Tee hee. I ate it all. Matt said that if every meal in the book is as good as this one, we never need to order out again.
 Conclusion: Loved it. 

Jaffrey says to make your own Garam Masala (pg 21), because the store-bought stuff uses cheap ingredients and has no flavor. I quadrupled her recipe, because I don't know how to quarter a nutmeg. Ground up cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, cumin seeds, cloves, black peppercorn, and nutmeg make a nice warm mixture. I tasted it, then tasted the commercial blend I had in my pantry, and promptly tossed the commercial blend in the trash. It tasted like sawdust. If I ever need garam masala, I will make it. No contest.

Conclusion: Loved it.

This wasn't a fiery dish, but Yogurt with Cucumber and Mint (pg 210) still provided such a lovely, cool contrast to the cozy heat of the saag.
Mmmm...palate cleanser.
Conclusion: Loved it. A clean sweep!


  1. Okay, so maybe I'll try to make my own garam masala. Sounds easy enough. You are convincing.

  2. Now you have me craving Indian food. That sounds delicious.

  3. I soooo miss Indian food in Hawaii!! That looks saagalicious indeed. I'm getting on next flight out and staying for the duration of the Indian cookbook project!

    1. Do it! Do it! Tell all your IVF patients they'll just have to wait a month. Priorities, people.

  4. Saags are my favourite too! I'm so glad it worked well. I hear great things about Madhur's books - I can see this one appearing on my shelf :-)

  5. I love Madhur Jaffrey. I just might have to try making my own garam masala...