Category Archives: Indian

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Is it just me or does everyone wake up suddenly one morning craving Indian food?

In case this does happen to you and you’re looking for mostly a click and go version of Chicken Curry, here is a good way to satisfy the craving. There are a lot of ingredients but the prep is relatively simple, about 30 minutes. 4 hours in the slow cooker, some naan or rice and you’re good to go. Also, the portions you freeze will make future Indian cravings a breeze to extinguish.

Sauce

  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1-3 Cayenne Peppers, chopped
  • 2 T Ginger, chopped
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz Chopped Tomato (in sauce)
  • 4 T Tomato Paste
  • 2 T Sweet Curry
  • 1 T Garam Masala
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 3 T Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 T Flour
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1 t Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 2 T Butter
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Meats

  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs
  • 1 lb Turkey Tenderloins
  • 1 t Cumin
  • 1 t Sweet Curry
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1 t Ground Black Pepper

Really any meats you like will do or paneer or you just just go veg and omit the lot.

Other

  • 8 Ounce Spinach
  • 1 lb Baby Potatoes
  • 1/2 C Cilantro
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Sauce: Heat oil and butter in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions and saute until golden, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, saute a minute. Add ginger, saute a minute. Add cayenne pepper, you know the drill. Next add everything else and stir until blended. Reduce to low and simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat. After the sauce cools you can run it through a food processor if you want a smoother consistency. If you like chunky, just leave it alone.

Meats: Mix the salt, pepper,cumin and curry together then rub into the meats. Wrap the rubbed meat in plastic wrap then refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.

Assembly : Place the potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker, unwrap meat and layer on top. Spoon sauce over that. Set cooker on high for about 4 hours. Go do other stuff. Come back and add the spinach and cilantro, stir it up then let simmer for another 15 minutes or until the spinach is incorporated.

This will make about 8-10 servings unless you’re doing a 2am sober up thing, then it might be less.

 

 

Bombay Pizza

Houston has no shortage of pizza joints but luckily the city puts a never ending stream of spins on the savory pie. Case in point – Bombay Pizza. Its not new and I’ve been to the downtown location many times but it just occurred to me I have not seen the Indian spin on pizza elsewhere.

One of our new co-workers, the Mistress of Task, had a birthday, a fact we leveraged for a group outing. Had she not volunteered this information we would have leveraged something more innocuous for a group outing. So, thanks for that, MofT.

Atmosphere
A dichotomy of atmospheres, weekday lunches are famously loud, chaotic and cramped as the downtown business crowd flocks here between 1130 and 130. Weeknights and weekends it is more sedate and conducive to conversation at casual levels. Unless there is a game or conference downtown, then it isn’t.

Sitting outside on their ‘patio’ facing Main St Square is preferable but you will need skills in deflecting the homeless and con artists who will invariably stop by to ask for something.

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Food
The crust is a thin, crispy version of naan. I would call the crust NYC style but its thinner and more flavorful. Toppings can be custom but I would recommend trying some of the named combinations featuring tandoori chicken/shrimp, saag paneer or cilantro-mint chutney. In any case, if you are a fan of thin, crispy pizza you can’t go wrong here.

Gateway of India: I noticed this trip they created some new pizzas and the Gateway caught my eye. Tandoori chicken, crab, artichoke, cheese and cilantro-mint chutney worked extremely well together considering they mixed the toppings in such a proportion that one did not overpower another. I’ll definitely be back for this one and of course, my favourite, the Saag Paneer pizza.

Most of my Indian friends order the naan rolls, typically two; one for now, one for later. I believe that speaks to the quality of the food.

Service
Varies depending on when. Weekday lunchtime its well-meaning but spotty. All other times its excellent.

Price
Reasonable. 8″ Gateway of India Pizza – $9

Lunch: 25 Oct 2013

Bombay Pizza | 914 Main | HTX 77002