Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quick (Vegetarian) Tikka Masala

This has become a mutually-enjoyed main dish at our table.  M and I don't typically ogle (can you use this word in relation to food?) over the same meals, but this is one we both really love.  50% of my liking lies in its ease of preparation.  This little dish takes under 20 minutes to make.  The sauce is one of several Indian-inspired "simmer sauces" at Kroger.  And these particular grains (half pastas, really: couscous and orzo, some baby garbanzo beans and a little quinoa) are on the shelf at Trader Joe's.  The heat in the sauce is just enough to suit M's fancy, but not too overwhelming for my taste.  And the texture of the grains is delightfully al dente.  Totally yummy.  Give it a try when you're short on time!

Quick (Vegetarian) Tikka Masala
serves 3 large portions

1 jar Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
1/2 bag Harvest Grains Blend
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 red bell pepper, largely diced
1 onion, sliced
several mushrooms, sliced
salt to taste

Cook grains according to package instructions.  While grains are cooking, sauté olive oil, onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms in a medium pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until onions are transparent.  Pour sauce over veggies, stir, and let simmer for a couple minutes more.  Serve sauce atop grain mix.

Here is a shot of what to look for.  The sauce is near the pasta sauces at Kroger (Private Selection brand; I had to fish ours out of the garbage as M had tossed it out---hence its haphazard state. Of note, how does one convince a husband to recycle?) and the Harvest Grains Blend is right in there with the rice at Trader Joe's.

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