Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Indian feast

My friend Dagfinn served up an Indian feast for me when he arrived at my summer home this siummer. Three, reasonably priced Indian casseroles, all vegetarian, of different tastes and strength.

Ashoka is one of the leading Ethnic Indian food brand made in India. Its range includes ready-to-eat curries, Frozen Foods, pickles, condiment pastes, mango pulp/slices, chutneys, pappadums, ready-to-cook vegetables, and Microwaveable rice.  

Dagfinn had found these range of curried dishes in the large Turkish green grocer located in Smalgangen, in downtown Oslo. They contained a generous amount, enough for one, or if added a little more vegetables for two. Priced at only 20 NOK ($ 3,50 / € 2,50) it is a great idea for students, or others on a budget.  

The Shahi Rajma
Shahi Rajma
This dish is a dish made with curried red kidney beans tenderly cooked in a red tomato sauce. I remembered this as the most tasty of the three.  

The tomato sauce is flavoured with ginger, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cardamom, chilies, cumin, poppy seeds, nutmeg, and bay leaves.

The Dom Aloo originates from Kashmir
Kashmir Dom Aloo

This dish originates from the Kashmir region, shared between India and Pakistan. The Dom Aloo is another vgetarian dish made from curried potatoes immersed in medium hot sauce.

Ingedients used in this Do Aloo are potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cottonseed oil, ginger, salt, green chilli, coriander powder, chili powder, sugar, groundnuts, cumin, coriander leaves, melon seeds, sesame seeds and other spices.

Paneer Makham - cottage cheese served the Indian way
Paneer Makhani

Paneer Makhani is curried cottage cheese in a rich spicy tomato gravy.  

It is a richer dish made with cottage cheese, tomato puree, cream, onions, cottonseed oil, ginger, garlic, melon seeds, chili powder, salt, sugar, green chili, black pepper, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, dried fenugreek leaves.

See servings of the dishes

The Kashmiri Dom Aloo - curried potatoes in tomato sauce

Paneer (cottage cheese) in a rich creamed tomato sauce
Curried red kidney beans in tomato sauce

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