SOUTH INDIAN SAMPLER
SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 20 MIN | COOK TIME: 40 MIN
MADRAS CURRY WITH RICE AND YOGURT RAITA
This month, we are taking a trip to South India. In the US, South Indian food is eaten less frequently than the heavy curries and breads of the North. Rice is the staple, and the food is frequently quite spicy (although it doesn’t need to be).
Wait, Madras is a fabric, right? Nope. It’s a place! This curry gets its name from the Chettinad area near Madras, now known as Chennai. The flavors of South India are captured well in this zesty sauce, which is spicy, but not overwhelming.
Common accompaniments to Madras curry include rice and raita, a condiment made with yogurt and used as a sauce or dip.
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MAYA KAIMAL MADRAS CURRY
This month, Hungry Globetrotter is featuring a simmer sauce by Maya Kaimal, a chef and cookbook author who has introduced delicious sauces in the US. Here she discusses the difference between North and South Indian food:
Maya learned to cook authentic Indian food from her physicist father. She left a career in publishing in New York to take her passion for food a step further, by cooking home-style Indian cuisine and packaging it for other busy food lovers. She launched Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods in 2003. Her madras curry is delicious simmered with chicken, meat, seafood, tofu or vegetables. Simply Spoon over rice and enjoy, or use it as a marinade.
RICE THAT’S NOT BORING: USING GARAM MASALA
We love Spicely; a leading company specializing in all natural and select 100% organic herbs and spices. This certified organic garam masala is a great introduction to India’s most famous spice blend. What is garam masala? It means “hot spice” and is a combination of cinnamon, coriander, fennel, cumin, black pepper, cardamom and cloves. Here we use it with mixed vegetables and brown rice.
Garam masala, when lightly dusted on meat and poultry, adds a touch of magic to grilled foods, too. You’ll soon find yourself using it in lots of things, including our rice recipe.
Ever wanted those great coffee shop chai flavors at home? But don’t want the sugary mess that comes in some mixes or in the high calorie coffee shop version? We’ve tried several chai mixes and found blue lotus to be just the right blend of spices to make an authentic cup of masala tea (CHAI). Blue Lotus Chai Company’s founder Barbara Cameron traveled throughout India enjoying tea and found a way to replicate this unique flavor back home in Oregon.
Try a cup after your meal. It’s an easy way to unwind and using skim milk makes it a healthier alternative to other desserts.
We’re including this package of chai, complete with a small measuring spoon, to help you enjoy the good masala tea at home.
DRESS UP YOUR YOGURT
Raita is a cooling yogurt dish served alongside a spicy, hot meal. Often it is mixed with vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes and whole spices such as coriander and cumin
WAIT, BUT I’M HUNGRY NOW!
We’ve added a fun snack in this package. It’s not precisely South Indian, but we know that you’ll dig it. Cobra Corn’s Mumbai Masala (Left) is spicy popcorn we’re sure you’ll enjoy snacking on while you prepare this meal and in the future… if there’s any left. Mihir Shah created this brand based on the spicy popcorn his mother made at home and later sent to him in college. (This made him a pretty popular guy in his dorm we figure).
WE LOVE FRESH FOOD TOO
Enjoy using the Hungry Globetrotter reusable shopping bag for the great fresh produce, meat and dairy you’ll be using.