July 13, 2009

Okra-home-a is the Place for Me

Mondays are rarely fun, leastwise when you've only just returned from a fun trip in another time zone. Nonetheless, I'm back in the routine and up to my old tricks. I'm still eating with a goal of buying as few groceries as possible, thereby using up what's in my kitchen already (and likely forgotten until now). This M.O. is especially gratifying when it inspires a delicious creation such as this!

Chickpea-Okra-Curry Stuff
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ~ 1.5 cups sliced okra (I used frozen)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce (I am loving Mezzetta!)
  • 1.5 tsp curry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
My usual formula:
  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan to medium. Add onions and garlic; cook until they sizzle, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add okra and chickpeas, stirring to coat with oil mixture (and continue until okra is mostly thawed, if using frozen).
  3. Add sauce and seasonings, stir well and heat until simmering.
  4. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for at least 10 minutes or so (okra should become tender).
  5. Spoon over your grain of choice (I used brown rice and topped with wasabi sesame seeds).
Serves 2-3

This was totally improvised, so you should feel free to adjust/alter the seasonings to suit your taste. As long as it has a respectable ingredient list, I find that jarred marinara sauce is great to have on hand because it makes for a great shortcut when you want a quick dinner. It's super flavorful and slashes like, eleventy-five steps from the cooking process. I've also discovered that traditionally Indian flavors combine really well with it! Back in May, I made a lentil dish with marinara and garam masala that I loved, so I highly recommend this kind of combination, from my lazy kitchen to yours.

It was fun updating the blog with quick cell phone pictures while I was in Las Vegas last week, but now that I'm back and have uploaded the photos from my real camera, I feel like I should share a few! So let's start with the essentials, shall we? Please enjoy a quick video of the Bellagio's fountain show (you might need to turn up the sound).

And a few random hotel shots from the Strip:

The boyf's glorious chocolate mousse fedora at Encore's Sinatra restaurant...

Pretty fairy lights and whatnot in Encore...

Chihuly glass ceiling in the Bellagio...

And an external shot of Paris, because it looks cool at night.

I'll stick a few more random photos of the trip at the end of my posts this week. You ain't seen nothing yet!


Katrina said...

Yes Please! That is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

ttfn300 said...

great pics! looks yummy... except maybe w/o the okra for me :)

Missy said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to see more pics! Yummy recipe!

Kerstin said...

Sounds like you had a great trip!

I love this dish - quick, easy, and flavorful with those spices! We always have chickpeas around, they're just so good!

Jenny said...

i officially can't get that Oklahoma song out of my head right now! ah well, i suppose staring at your delish meal for a little while longer may distract me :) *drool*

Fitnessista said...

what a delicious recipe! thanks so much for posting it :D
ahhh i LOVE vegas! the ceiling in the bellagio is so pretty- and the fountains are my favorite part
hope you have a wonderful day!