How many times have you picked up a cheap bottle of wine, planned to cook with it, and it's still sitting in your pantry a year later? There are many great ways you can use an inexpensive bottle of wine to spice up your cooking.
Accompaniments such as raita or yogurt salad and green chutney are low fat and good to fill up on. Add salad with low fat dressing to add bulk for staying power. If you must have bread with your meal, try papadum instead of naan or eat as an appetizer. Cracker like in texture chicken tikka masala eating well appearance, it can also be eaten as a snack with chutney or onions.
Texas Chili: 1 (3 to 4 lb.) chuck blade steak; 1/4 cup oil; 3 medium green peppers; 4 garlic cloves; 2 (28 oz.) cans of tomatoes; 1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste; 2 cups water; 1/3 cup chili powder; 1/4 cup sugar; 2 Tbsp. salt; 2 tsp. oregano; 3/4 tsp. pepper; 1/2 cup cheese for garnish; onions. The blade steak will have to be cubed and free of fat. Heat oil in soup kettle and brown the cubes of steak. Dice the green peppers, mince the garlic and add to the mix. Let simmer for a few minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water, chili powder, sugar, salt, oregano, and pepper. Turn the heat to low and simmer for several hours. If you use a slow cooker slow cooker chicken tikka masala yogurt, you will need to brown the meat first.
After the salad you can attack the main entrees, of which there are usually at least five to ten different choices. Vegetarians will delight in the lentils and veggie curries. Personally I love the Chicken Tandoori and tikka masala. Chicken Masala is also creamy and delicious, spicy and buttery. There are creamed spinach dishes that will make your mouth water, as well as different colored curries that make the fast Indian food look like the best choice you have made in a long time. Pair everything with some fresh Naan bread straight from the tandoori oven and you are in Nirvana my friends.
For some kinds of cakes, you can use wine or sherry rather than butter and oil. It will make your cake lighter and will add some interesting flavor as well.
The tandoori slow cooker chicken tikka masala part of this recipe is an excellent base for many other curries. It is especially good when grilled on the BBQ. The smoky flavour reminds me of the first time I tried the recipe as a student in Goa where it was cooked in a very hot clay oven.
Indian English has its own delights especially to foreigners of English nativity. Don't show amusement at the different Indian accents and choice of words. This does not take away from the fact that many Indians speak and write better English than many native English speakers.
Whatever you eat and wherever you eat it, complete the package with a well chosen wine as an accompaniment. All you have to do is just enjoy your glass of wine with your favourite food!