Hi, Ray here again.
The weekend is here again. And we all know that “weekend” is another way of spelling “curry”.
One thing that has been pointed out to me recently is that I make a lot of curries but not so many side dishes or starters or snacks. This is true. I have a tasting crew around most weekends to try out the curries and rate them. And I can’t just rustle up a side dish by itself. Or a samosa. Or a poppadom. So what I decided to do was make a previously successful curry and just add the extra dish to the dinner. Pretty simple plan and I’m just amazed at how I worked it out.
There are lots of vegetarian curry side dish recipes on the Curry Focus website. In fact, most side dishes are vegetarian. A recently arrived side dish recipe was for aloo jeera (cumin potatoes). Now that’s a combination that cannot go wrong – potatoes and cumin. And the recipe is so easy. I didn’t even need to buy any ingredients as I already had them.
I made the curry on Saturday and popped it into the fridge because I wanted to concentrate on making the aloo jeera.
Sunday afternoon found me preparing the ingredients, which was very easy – how hard is it to peel and chop a couple of potatoes and measure out a few spices?
The only thing that took some thought was when to start to cook everything. As it happened, heating up the curry, cooking the rice and making the side dish needed to be started at about the same time.
And there was hardly anything to do to cook the aloo jeera as I enjoyed the gin and tonic that was at hand during the cooking (this is one advantage of storing the booze in a cupboard in the kitchen).
The tasting crew arrived just as the cooking started and settled in the lounge with their beers.
Before too long I was serving up the curry on rice with the Aloo Jeera side dish. I had even found a serving dish that I had forgotten about (it was hiding in the back of a cupboard).
And the aloo jeera was great. Really, how could anybody not like cumin potatoes? It’s hard to imagine anybody not liking aloo jeera if they like curries. The potato was well cooked and the glorious cumin taste was, well, glorious. The aloo jeera received a taste score of 8 out of 10 with a spice/heat rating of “Mild”.
There are a lot of recipes for side dishes, starters, snacks and more that I have not tried yet so it looks like my weekly kitchen activities are going to go on for a while.