After this week’s date night I’m pretty positive we will not be visiting India in our future. Don’t get me wrong, the food we cooked was amazing but boy did it take forever to prepare. When I told my wife we were going to do India for date night this week she really didn’t seem that interested. I have to say, neither was I, but never the less I do like Indian food. I used to work with this vegetarian guy so we would go to the vegetarian Indian place down the street from my job sometimes and I was always surprised at how good the food was and it didn’t have MEAT!! I’m definitely a meat eater and have it with almost every meal….first world mentality here. The idea of not having some meat to go along with whatever I’m eating never sounds like a good idea, but the Indian place we went to was wonderful so I knew it was possible to have a great vegetarian meal…..wait….did I just say that. Your probably thinking that will all this talk about a vegetarian Indian place I used to go to at work that we would eat vegetarian for date night while we travelled to India…….YOU WERE WRONG. I found a great looking chicken dish and my wife’s dish contained ground meat. So join us on our long and painful adventure into travelling to India and cooking Indian style.
The night started off pretty normal….ok that is a lie….I walked in the door and the first thing my wife says is, “Why did you pick India?? I’ve been @&$^#% preparing since 4:30pm !!!” So good to see you love……how was your day?…… Were people nice to you at work?….. It’s so good to see you…… So happy it’s date night……thanks for being so awesome…….So glad you are home so I can lust after your muscular body……….These are phrases I normally hear when I walk in the door, but did not here that day (ok the last two I might be imagining). I pretty much didn’t say a word and took the kids in the back yard. It’s best to leave a Puerto Rican woman alone when they have a knife in their hand and they are possibly upset at you. Note to self, do not pick India for at home date night again.
I stayed outside with the kids until it was time for showers and bed. They were pretty good too because I think they know not to mess with a Puerto Rican woman either. After the kids were in bed I went downstairs and my wife headed upstairs for a quick shower (thank God, I didn’t want to be left alone and I didn’t have the kids to shield me from whatever might be thrown.) The sink was already half full with dishes so I knew her dish must have been pretty tough. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy because both of our meals had a ton of ingredients. It took me 20 minutes just to gather up all of the spices I needed and to cut up and prep all the food.
I put on some classical Indian music just as my wife got downstairs. She looked….radiant. Do you still feel that way about your wife? You should because they are the best thing that ever happened to you. Make sure to tell them that because most of the time I don’t think they feel so radiant. Wives, do you believe your husband when he tells you you’re radiant? You should, because you are the best thing that ever happened to him and he knows it. He isn’t saying it to make you feel better. He is saying it because he loves you and thinks it. So take the compliment and start believing you are the best thing in the whole world.
She asks me, “Did you watch that documentary about India called Blood Brother that I asked you to watch so we could talk about it tonight?” I thought in the back of my head, “I am for sure getting stabbed tonight.” My answer, “ ummmm, no, there was a problem with Netflix…….ummmm I couldn’t find it…….ummmmm I forgot the name……ummmmm please don’t kill me.” Actually it was ok. She wasn’t upset at all and just wanted me to watch it because it impacted her a lot and she wanted to share it with me. She told me all about it and after hearing her talk about it I knew I wanted to check it out. It’s about this dude who travels to India on a self discovery journey and ends up falling in love with these little kids from an orphanage and they all have aids. He ends up not wanting to go back to the US but just wants to stay with these kids and love them. It was quite the touching story as my wife describes it and one of those shows that makes you wonder why you ever complain about anything in your life. I’m not saying we don’t have problems here in our lives, but I think 99% of them could be solved if we just took a step back and started to look at all that God has given us.
She mostly talked while we were cooking. Telling me about all the things this guy did for the kids and how he just gave up the American Dream and felt like his life had purpose now. His parents were pretty upset at him and didn’t understand why he didn’t want to come back to the U.S. Anyways, if you get a chance please check it out. I think I’m going to try and watch it this weekend because if it means something to my wife it should mean something to me.
My wife made these things called Beef Samosa’s and I was making Chicken Tikka Masala. I would highly recommend not making these on a weeknight, but making them on the weekend when you know you are going to be in the kitchen awhile. I think it would go by much faster next time, but it might be awhile before I make my dish again and the same goes for my wife. My wife finished cooking up her Samosa’s and it was already around 9pm. My dish took me almost until 10:30pm to finish up. It was just a lot of little things to do. We sat and enjoyed both dishes and then I told her we were going to finish up that puzzle we started forever ago on a previous date night. She was down for it, but after we finished eating and just chatting with each other we were both exhausted and wanted to go to bed. The puzzle would have to wait for another time, but the time we got to spend together just talking about how lucky we are to have each other and how fortunate of lives we live was more than enough for a successful at Home date night.
Below you will find the recipe’s for the food we cooked. Thank you again for joining us on our 52 week journey of At Home Date Nights. Last week we had some people share their photos of some at home date nights they have had and we would love to see more. You can post them on the group Facebook Homedatenightduo. Don’t forget to share your photo’s also on our instagram using #Homedatenigthduo. Thanks again and we will see you next week !!!
|Large Potato peeled||2||$2.00||We used the Russet|
|Frozen Peas thawed||1 cup||$1.29||Yeah I know…gross|
|Vegetable Oil||2 TBS||$0.00||We had|
|Cummin Seeds||½ Tsp||$.79|
|Bay Leaf crushed||1||$.79|
|Large Yellow Onions||2||$2.00||Finely Chopped|
|Ground Beef 80/20||1 lb||$4.04|
|Garlic Cloves Crushed||4||$0.00||We had|
|Fresh Ginger Root||1 TBS||$0.36||I finally found this..very small piece|
|Ground black pepper||½ Tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Salt||1 ½ Tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Ground Cumin||1 Tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Ground Coriander||1 Tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Ground Tumeric||1 Tsp||$0.00||Can’t believe we had|
|Chili Powder||1 Tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Ground Cinnamon||½ Tsp||$0.00||Really, is this actually doing anything|
|Ground Cardamon||½ Tsp||$0.00||This was free because I didn’t buy it. When you see the price you won’t either.|
|Fresh Cilantro||2 TBS||$0.00||Chopped up|
|Green Chili Peppers||2 TBS||$||I bought a can of this…she chopped them up|
|Frying Oil||1 quart||$2.39||I bought Veggie oil since I knew we needed some anyways. We only used I think about 2 cups instead of 4.|
|Package of Phyllo dough||1 16oz||$2.99|
Total Cost: $ 16.65
Ok, I now realize why it took so long for my wife to make these things……two kids aged 2 and 5 on spring break. The recipe also states to let something chill in the fridge for 1 hour. I think that is why she started so early.
Pull out the phyllo dough a couple of hours before to make sure it’s all thawed out.
Chop up the onions and peel and cut up the potatoes. My wife said she was balling too from the onions and because she missed me (ok she didn’t say that). She had to cut up two of them so I’m sure that wasn’t pleasant. In a large cooking pot heat up some water and a ¼ tsp of salt and bring to a boil. Then toss in the potatoes and peas and cook for about 15 minutes. After this drain them and mash them up really well.
In a frying pan over medium to high heat, heat the oil. Throw in the brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in the onions and ground beef and cook until the meat is brown and the onions are starting to get soft. This should take about 5 minutes.
Mix in the Garlic, fresh ginger, black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and cardamom(if you bought it) and your first born. Next, add in the potatoes mixture and mix everything up really well and place the pot in the fridge for about an hour (I believe this step is bull honky). Somebody who is Indian confirm?
After the hour is up, get another large frying pan and fill it up with the Vegi oil. Heat it up to about a 7 on the stove.
Pull out the potatoes and beef mixture and mix in the cilantro and green chile pepper. Place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each phyllo sheet. Fold the sheets into triangles, pressing the edges together with a little bit of water on your finger.
With about 3 at a time go ahead and fry these delicious little Samosas in the oil for about 3 minutes and drain all the excess oil off on a plate with some paper towels. Wait about 5 minutes and start to ingest them. Tell your wife that she should cook meals like this every night….then sleep on the couch with a fat lip.
For the Chicken
|Salt||1 tsp||$0.00||We Had|
|Ground Cumin||½ tsp||$0.00||We Had|
|Ground Coriander||½ tsp||$0.00||We Had|
|Cayenne Pepper||¼ tsp||$0.00||We Had|
|Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast||2 lb||$6.00|
|Plain Whole milk yogurt||1 cup||$2.00||I had to buy two and I just bought plain greek yogurt|
|Vegetable Oil||2 TBS||$0.00||We Had|
|Ground Ginger||2 tsp||$0.00||We Had|
|Ground Garlic||1 TBS||$0.00||I used Garlic powder….Hope that was ok.|
For the Sauce:
|Vegetable Oil||3 TBS||$0.00|
|Yellow Onion||1 large||$2.00||Finely Chopped..like a ninja|
|Garlic Cloves Crushed||6||$0.00||Man do I hate peeling garlic|
|Grated Fresh Ginger||2 tsp||$0.00||I just chopped it up really small|
|Chili Powder||¼ tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Garam Masala||2 Tbs||$4.89||I found this in the gourmet spice section|
|Ground Cumin||1 tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Ground Tumeric||½ tsp||$0.00||We had|
|Tomato Paste||1 Tbs||$0.98||I wish I had something else to use the rest in the can with|
|Crushed Can Tomatoes||28 oz||$1.79||Do not drain|
|Heavy Whipping Cream||2/3 cup||$0.00||I think I used more than that, maybe 1 cup|
|Fresh Cilantro chopped||¼ cup||$0.99||You don’t need this much, maybe half of it.|
|Aluminum Foil||1ft x 1ft sheet||$0.00||We had|
Total Cost: $ 18.65
Ok, get ready to work because this junk isn’t easy to make. The best thing to do is to set everything out and get a bunch of little bowls and mix everything previously before starting to cook the sauce and chicken. That way, you aren’t measuring out everything while the items are cooking.
Ok so break out 1 big mixing bowl, 1 small mixing bowl, and about 5 other little bowls. Take out the aluminum foil and line one of the oven racks with a piece that goes from front to back. You don’t have to line the whole oven rack. Then, before you put the oven on, make sure you know which level is around 6 inches from the top burners (broil burners I think they are called….ok I made that up).
You will need a cutting board and an awesome knife. My wife bought this knife from IKEA and I was like, “why did you buy a crappy cutting knife from IKEA??” her reply, “I got it for like 3 bucks, just see how it works” Best knife ever !!! So make sure you have a good knife because I said so. Ok, cut up the onion into tiny bitty pieces. I cut it up and then said, “Screw this” and put it in the Ninja, only because I was sobbing like a baby. When you are done put it in a bowl. Next, cut up a ¼ cup of cilantro and put in small little bowl. Cut up the fresh ginger and put it in a small bowl.
Now, in the first small mixing bowl put 1tsp salt, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp cayenne pepper. Mix it together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl put the cup of yogurt, 2 TBS of Vegi oil, 2 tsp ground ginger and 1 TBS of ground garlic (I used garlic powder) and whisk it all together. Getting tired yet? You will.
Get out another small bowl and add the Tomato Paste, 6 crushed garlic cloves, and fresh cut up ginger you have in another small bowl….ummmm…I guess you could have just put the Tomato Paste and garlic into the fresh cut ginger bowl you already have…..yes….that’s what I meant to say. Ok, but for real, in another separate bowl put the ¼ tsp chili powder, 2 TBS of garam masala, 1 tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp turmeric, and 2 tsp of sugar and mix it up.
Ok, now we are ready to start cooking. Wait…no ….we are not… Break out the two breasts of chicken and beat those babies like they were talking back to you. Make sure they are nice and flat and even. Then with some napkins or paper towels dry the chicken as much as possible. This is to make sure that the spices stay on the chicken. Once the chicken is dry go ahead and start to sprinkle on the salt, cumin, cayenne pepper mixture you made from the first small bowl. Make sure to get both sides and massage the spices in like you were massaging……..ok I’ll stop there. Massage it good, that’s all I’m saying.
Now get out a big deep cooking pot and put 3 TBS of Veggie oil in it and heat it up to medium-high heat (about a 6 or 7). Once it’s hot go ahead and dump in the onions and cook them for about 8 minutes letting them get nice and golden brown. Then add in the Garlic, Tomato paste, and fresh ginger mixture and mix it around and let it cook for another 3 minutes. Then add in the big can of crushed tomatoes (undrained) and the mixture of spices that contained the chili powder. Bring all of it to a boil and then reduce the heat to about a 2 or 3 and put a top on the pot and let it cook for 15 minutes, mixing it up every 5 minutes.
I’m exhausted just typing this out. Back to the Chicken……
Dip the chicken into the yogurt mix bowl you made and coat each side pretty heavily. Then place the chicken on the aluminum foil of the oven rack. Do this for both pieces of chicken. You shouldn’t have that much yogurt mix left. Make sure to try and use it all on the chicken.
Set the oven to Broil and put the chicken about 6 inches away from top burner. Cook for 9 minutes and then flip the chicken over and cook for 9 more minutes.
I told you this recipe was cray cray.
Once the chicken is done pull it out and let it sit for about 5 minutes. While it’s sitting stir in the 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream to the sauce and mix it around. Put the top back on and let it cook for 5 more minutes while you cut up the chicken into tiny little bites. I was tired so I cut them up into man size bites.
Get out two bowls and fill each bowl up about 2/3 of the way with the sauce. Then place put some chicken in the sauce and mix it up. Sprinkle the top with the fresh cilantro and vow never to attempt to cook anything that contains this many different ingredients. The chicken was amazing and the sauce was pretty good too. I will definitely make the chicken again. I’m not so sure about the sauce. My wife liked the whole meal and wouldn’t mind it again.
I almost forgot. I cooked rice with this too. I would just cook rice however you like to cook rice. We used white rice. I’ll explain really quick how I cooked it. In a large pot I put 3 TBS of oil into the pot, then 1 cup of white long grained rice and 2 cups of water. I then put the stove top on high and added some salt tasting the water after each amount I put in until the water tasted slightly salty. It wasn’t that much, maybe a ½ teaspoon. I let it boil until all the water was almost gone mixing it ever so often. Once the water was gone I moved the stove top burner down to about a 2 and covered the rice. I would mix it up about every 5 minutes. I think it sat there with the top on it for about 30 minutes. Rice was good.
If you read all that I commend you. There is probably a bunch of errors because I don’t want to read it again to check it. It’s brings back to many memories.
We had planned to do a puzzle together this week, but with the cooking we did, it was rather late and we were both exhausted so we are going to do the puzzle for another At Home Date Night. Sorry there was not really an activity tonight.
Total At Home Date Night Cost: $35.30
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