India as a Christmas present. I spent a very hungry hour browsing through the recipes and decided as I'm a bit of a curry novice, I'd start with something very easy - a chickpea curry, or as it's more properly known, Chana Masala. It was quite easy, it's time-consuming, more just because you have to measure out lots of spices etc. I substituted the two green chillies for two red ones and maybe that was a mistake (although it was all I had!) because it was blisteringly hot to eat, so I'll go a bit more cautiously next time. Anyway, it was delicious despite that and had a cleansing effect on the palate after Christmas dinner et al! However, the best bit of the meal was the basmati rice! That's because I always have problems cooking it and usually end up with a plate of stodge. Not so following Rick's instructions; now I can cook a proper pilau rice that doesn't need to be used in place of grout for the bathroom tiles! Anyway, here are some pics, they aren't that great as I took them on the iphone, in the evening!
The raita was a last-minute addition to attempt to take away the heat of the two chillies! Anyway, it's back to the left-over, left-over turkey for tonight's supper...what to cook...?