Curry In A Hurry

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Good morning!

Happy Father’s Day to my 3 awesome DADS- Brian (dad), John (stepdad), and Ken (father-in-law) and all the wonderful father’s out there!

Secondly, thank you for all your sweet comments about the market! :biggrin:

As I mentioned in my Farmer’s Market recap last night, I bought some new spices from a wonderful local business called Arvinda’s.

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I had a chance to speak with the amazing business owners and they are just the sweetest people you will ever meet! It was so fun learning about the different spices. You can tell they have such a great passion for their business. They have a really great story about how they started the business here and they are in many stores and also have an online store. I think we are going to become great friends! I also met a lovely lady who was telling me about her daughter’s recent transition to a vegan diet so I gave her my website and she seemed quite thrilled (she was unsure what to make her daughter for meals when she comes to visit). :biggrin: I love meeting new people, it was so much fun!

Back to the spices…

I cannot even explain to you how amazing these spices smell. We were all ooo-ing and aww-ing at their stand! It made me soooooo hungry! :lol:

Last night I cracked open this baby for dinner!

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I would say this Curry Masala was an upgrade from what I was using…

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LOL!!! Can you believe that is what I was using?! NO NAME curry. I know, it is unspeakable. I have no idea what ever made me buy no name curry. I can’t even begin to describe the difference in taste and aroma.

My spices in general are SO lacking…

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It looks like I have a lot, but don’t be fooled. They all are dried out and unusable for the most part! None of them taste very good either. :ermm:

Inside each Arvinda’s tin, there is a recipe! Awesome idea. I decided to adapt the Classic Chicken Curry and used lentils instead. [Click recipe to enlarge if necessary].

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It was so easy I told Eric I could do it with my eyes closed!

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I started with cooking the lentils…

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While those cooked I made the curry sauce. First you add some EVOO and caramelize the chopped onion (takes about 10 minutes on low-medium). Then add 1/2 cup of canned or chopped tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Add in 1.5 tbsp of the Curry Masala…

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and stir well until a thick paste forms.

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Mmmmm. Smells sooooooooooooo good. You will drool.

Rinse lentils when cooked.

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Add about 1/2 cup of water to the curry paste and stir. Now add in 1.5-2 cups of lentils and stir well.

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Voila! A super easy, super high-protein vegan curry dish at your service.

Sprinkle the lentil curry with Garam Masala and you are ready to roll.

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It was soooo spicy my mouth was on fire! But I loved every second of it.

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Let’s just say my sinuses are clear! :biggrin:

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We had it with some bread and Earth Balance on the side.

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[recycled photo as I forgot to take a picture!]

After dinner, we headed out for a sunset walk

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Post-curry stretch!

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Relax…..

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Breathe.

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On the agenda today is a little work and a little play. I had a full 7.5 hours sleep last night, so I will not be bailing on my workout today…promise!! :biggrin: I will be back later to talk about the rest of my training plan for the try-a-tri and sprint triathlon.

Today’s questions- Do you have a spice collection in your kitchen? What are your favourites or must-haves? Any tips for helping someone start up a spice collection?

Have a great Father’s Day!

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Alyssa June 22, 2010

Made the curry lentils!!!! SOOOOOO good! i felt like i bought take out. Do you think you can add other veggies and let us know how it turns out? I love indian food so id be interested in how to add eggplant or peas or something while keeping the flavor.

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Erin June 21, 2010

I’m late to the comment party, but I loooove spices so I thought I’d comment :) I have a collection that’s probably a little too large, but my faves are cumin, coriander, thyme, oregano, marjoram, cayenne, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, fennel seeds, celery seeds, mustard powder, and of course, freshly ground black pepper.

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: : Christine : : June 21, 2010

I want those Arvinda spices but I don’t think you can order to the US just yet – boo =(

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Laura (Starloz) June 20, 2010

Woah, I feel like curry now

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Robin @RawkinRobin June 20, 2010

The curry lentils look amazing! I recently discovered spicy indian food and it’s a new love <3
This definately inspires me to buy some better quality spices.

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 20, 2010

holy moly, that looks amazing!! I really love anything curry or Indian inspired. Those spices just look so fresh! I’m sure they are way more flavorful and authentic than what I’m using. My favorite spices are chili powder, dill, rosemary, and cumin.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 20, 2010

Rosemary, oregano, thyme, cumin and cinnamon are my essentials. I also recently bought a pumpkin pie spice that is amazing with pumpkin oats!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 20, 2010

Yum, I love curry!

I have a very extensive spice collection- I have SO many, I always love to have a big variety for whatever I want to cook!

Some spices I use often and always have around are oregano, parsley, basil, garlic and onion powder, red pepper flakes, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, curry powder and cajun seasoning!

xo
Kris

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 20, 2010

ooooh tasty! I made a few curries last Friday night too! Such a winter warmer (in our case!)

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Jess @ MTL Veggie June 20, 2010

Mmmm that curry looks so good! I am a huge lover of Indian food :)
I have a pretty extensive spice collection- my kitchen experiments tend to require some obscure spice that I just HAVE to have, and then I end up using it only once or twice. oops!
If I had to recommend key spices/herbs for the pantry though I would say: salt and pepper, a good curry seasoning (yours looks awesome!), dill (if you can get it fresh, it freezes really well and keeps for up to 6 months), basil, oregano, cumin, paprika, coriander, and a good chili powder. I find these are the staples I use the most and help me create quite a few diverse dishes. Cinnamon and nutmeg are excellent options as well :)

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priscilla June 20, 2010

I totally cracked up at the title of your post. There’s actually a “fast-food” Indian restaurant near where I live called ‘Curry in a Hurry’. LOL.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 20, 2010

That dish looks so delicious!

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