I’ve been really bad with meal planning lately. The way I like to plan is to look through my bazillion cookbooks and try a few new things. Unfortunately for the past few weeks, my kitchen table has been covered with all sorts of junk. Before I sit down to work, I must have a completely clean, clutter free space. I like to lay out all the cookbooks and a notepad and make a list of what I’d like, what the kids and Husband would like and notes on what we all might like together. Which is rare, as the kids and Husband all have their own food ‘issues’. This week, I went through these books:
(yes, sharp eagle eyed readers! That is indeed a new kitchen table)
So I was going through these cookbooks and a few websites. Holy Cow! is one of my favourite vegan recipe sites. I love Indian food. Love love love it. So for the stuff I jotted down, I went and did a nice big grocery shop. I usually like to avoid the big supermarkets but we had a gift card thingy:
Hey! Who put these in my trolley?:
So years ago, before I was vegan, some friends and I went to dinner and one of my buddies ordered the chicken makhani/butter chicken. I’d always ordered a korma or rogan josh but after that I was converted to the rather unhealthy chicken makhani. Husband loved it too. The vegan version I’ve been using is The Kind Cook’s Not Butter Chicken recipe and I really do like it. Today I decided to try Holy Cow!’s recipe for Tofu Makhani because I wanted to make something with cashews.
The recipe is very straightforward and involves marinating some tofu in advance (if you want) then frying it. For the sauce part you toast some spices, then add onions and the other stuff and finally whiz it all up in the blender:
Husband doesn’t eat tofu (by choice) so I added in some green beans and potatoes I’d steamed. See steamy photo:
I enjoyed this dish but I suspect I added a bit too much of something (ground fenugreek maybe?) as there was a slightly bitter aftertaste. It tasted better on the second day and I kept finding myself going back to have another sneaky piece of tofu 🙂
Are you a makhani nut too?