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Spinach and Carrots Pullao
Easy and delicious Indian meal

As a seasoned RVer, you spend most of your time on the road. As a result, you often have to make do with simple meals that can be easily conjured up in a kitchen the size of a cupboard, often with only a basic stove, oven or microwave at your disposal. Are you running out of ideas for easy cooking? Are you tired of eating the same repetitive fare? Are you craving a hint of spice? Why not give Indian cuisine a try? We'll show you how to spice up your next RV meal.

Indian cuisine draws up images of rich, flavorful, pungent aromas and tastes, so naturally one would assume that cooking it would require a lot of effort. Hetal and Anuja of ShowMeTheCurry.com share with us recipes and how-to videos for putting together a full Indian meal. You'll be surprised at how easy and delicious the results turn out to be.

Appetiser

Curried Chicken Bites

Everybody loves chicken. You can't go wrong with this delicious and quick appetizer.

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (or tandoori masala)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • Green chilies, to taste (or 1 medium bell pepper, diced)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

Entrée

Spinach and Carrots Pullao

Mouth watering yet? Pullao is a steamed rice dish cooked with meat or vegetables and can often serve as a meal by itself. What's more, it's healthy to boot!

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1" pc cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped (or 2 cups packed)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 cups water
  • Red chili powder, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Dessert

Kalakand

After all that bursting-in-your-mouth flavor, who could resist something sweet. Indian desserts usually require a lot of preparation, but this is a short-cut recipe for a traditional favorite.

Makes: 20 pcs (approx)

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • ¼ - ½ tsp rose water (or 2-3 drops of rose essence)
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ tbsp chopped pistachios
  • ½ tbsp chopped almonds

Drink

Ginger Cardamom Tea

Tea is India's equivalent of coffee. Tea can be consumed at all hours of the day or night and can also be made in endless variations. Let's brew a nice cuppa chai to wash it all down.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated (or ¼ tsp ginger powder)
  • 2 whole cardamoms, pounded (or ½ tsp cardamom powder)
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 2 tsp tea leaves

If you are wondering where you can procure some of the more exotic ingredients, fear not. Your best bet is an Indian grocery store. But we know these can be hard to find when on the road, so think mainstream grocery stores like Walmart and Kroger. Specialty stores like Whole Foods and Central Market also carry some selections. Or you could always order online, from the comfort of your RV. Try websites like www.indianfoodsco.com, www.ishopindian.com, www.newworldspices.com. Visit the Showmethecurry.com Kitchen Store for Indian cookware.

Exotic ingredients, complicated flavors, easy recipes- what else could one ask for? We hope you enjoy our snapshot of India on a plate. For more Indian food recipes, visit www.ShowMeTheCurry.com. For more road-trip recipes, visit www.CampingRoadTrip.com.

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