Friday, February 25, 2011

Slow Cooker Indian Curry

This is not the most attractive dish I've ever cooked... a melange of brown mush is what it looks like through the camera lens.  However, it is exceedingly delicious, quite healthy, and a snap to prepare.  It is also worth mentioning that the little man ate this with gusto.  Leave it to us to have a toddler who loves Indian curry and hates mac and cheese! If you have a slow cooker, I definitely recommend that you give this one a try.
Indian Vegetable Curry
from the Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Slow Cooker Cookbook
1/4 cup canola oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 cup hot water
1 lb. boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
3/4 lb. green beans, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1) Saute the vegetables and spices
In a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, coriander, turmeric and cumin seeds and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the hot water and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. When the water comes to a boil, remove the pan from the heat.
2) Cook the curry
Put the potatoes, cauliflower and green beans in a slow cooker. Pour the contents of the fry pan over them. Sprinkle with the 1 1/2 tsp. salt and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the cilantro and stir to combine. Adjust the seasoning with salt and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.
 Have a great weekend!