August 1st, 2005

Sweet red pepper & chickpea salad

In between my study breaks today, I whipped up this hot salad with a few things laying around my refrigerator:

1/2 small onion, very coursely chopped
1/2 sweet red bell pepper, very coursely chopped
1/4 cup of cooked chickpeas (canned + drained is fine), or more if you prefer
olive oil for sauteeing
salt + pepper to taste
1 tsp soy sauce to add at very end, optional

Heat 1/2 tbs of olive oil over medium heat and proceed to sautee onions and red peppers until the peppers begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper. Add chickpeas and cook for additional 2-3 minutes. When chickpeas are heated through, add soy sauce and allow to boil off while stirring vegetables.

Serves 1.

Eat hot or cold.

I need help with indian food!

So I have a package of dried lentils and an eggplant, neither of which I have ever personally cooked before. I really want to try cooking an indian dish at home. I'm thinking dahl would make the most sense for my tastes, and I've looked up a recipe in the memories that seems fairly easy, but I want to add other vegetables to it (potatoes and some eggplant and maybe a few other frozen veggies). I realize I should pre-cook the potatoes and eggplant before throwing them in, but I was wondering if this was even a good idea or if it would really throw off the taste... and if it is a good idea, how should i prepare the eggplant? Also, the recipe I saw called for a few spices I've never even heard of, nor do I know how to get... I don't like really spicy food, so would leaving out a few of the ingredients be a total disaster? I know I must sound stupid, but I am a n00b when it comes to indian food and cooking in general... is dahl just mushy lentils basically? Or am I thinking of something completely different? Help!

Also, I didn't see any naan recipes or posts about naan in the memories, so does anyone know where I can get some or something like it?

Thank you!