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Can Can Night


Do you struggle with preparing a meal at home on Friday evenings? My legs could barely carry me home tonight - I had done a lot of running around this week and running up and down the long subway escalators. I was kaput!

Did I forget my vitamins??

I ran out of my go-to-comfort food.  Brown rice tortillas and Daiya cheese are my butter and toast. Trader Joe's hasn't had any brown rice tortillas recently - all the snow storms we have been having - people have been grabbing them before I reach there!

After eating a few corn tortilla chips, dried coconut chips, I knew I had to make something substantial 'cause I wasn't going to survive on that or rice crackers and kimchi sauce!

Enter the can can dance! I kept eyeing the can of kidney beans while my mouth salivated. "Yes, I want that!" "Nah! Who's going to chop garlic, tomatoes, etc.?" I debated with myself - I'm too tired.

I gave in - made the kidney beans and have enough energy to write this post.

Food which you can make fast and yet healthy.

I heated about 1 tbsp coconut oil in a pan, then threw in 1/2 tsp of roasted cumin seeds and let them sizzle. I added 2 cloves chopped garlic, one chopped tomato, turmeric (1/4 tsp), coriander powder (1 tsp), 1 cardamom, a dash of cayenne pepper, black salt (or sea salt to taste) and let it cook on medium-low.

I kept mashing the tomatoes with my spatula, then I added 3/4 can of the kidney beans. I didn't add the whole can 'cause I didn't have another tomato to make the gravy! Finally, I added 2 tbsp coconut milk and about 1/4 cup of water. I wanted the gravy to be thick. Cooked on medium-low for a few minutes - until beans were tender and gravy perfecto!

To make something quick and easy - you can simply add all the ingredients at one time and leave it to simmer or use an instant pot while you go change your clothes or clean up in the kitchen and you will have a filling dish of beans. You can eat it with soft corn tortillas, naan, rice, roti or just by itself.  If you add more water, it can turn into a hearty soup!

Bon appetit!

Jyoti

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