For those who find these packaged meals uncomfortably spicy, here are some ways to deal with the excess heat. Dilute the stew by adding pureed vegetables. Adding a dollop of yogurt to each bowl of stew will also have a cooling effect. Though served traditionally with Indian flatbread, called nan, or over rice, here Pav Bhaji is shown over steamed frozen spinach, used a sauce for the chick peas which have been added to turn this tasty side dish into a main dish with protein. Cooked white beans or lentils would work equally well. You might also want to add some toasted cashews.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
GLUTEN-FREE INDIAN POTATO TOMATO STEW AT TRADER JOE
Gluten-free vegetarian Pav Bhaji, mixed with chickpeas and served over steamed spinach.
Even if you eat this gluten-free meal straight out of the bag (which is sold in a box), combined with other foods, the more compiex part of the dish is already done for you--the blending of diced potatoes, onions, cauliflower, green peas, green pepper, butter, oil, and spices into a delicious sauce. The gluten-free Indian meals which are vacuum-sealed and sold on the shelf at Trader Joe are a real time saver for the celiac or gluten-intolerant diner. Empty the contents of the foil envelope into a microwavable dish and within minutes, dinner is served, if, that is, you prefer your meals very hot, chili-wise, that is.
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