Indian Snack Attack

by Cate on November 9, 2007

If it wasn’t for our old neighbors, who introduced us to the wonderful world of Indian food and fostered our love for it, I wouldn’t be feeling it. With a brand new cuisine, you really need someone to take you by the hand, show you their favorite foods and allow you to gently wade into the water, lest you get scared off by a big wave of something you just don’t like. I find that if you ask someone if they like Indian food, if they’re not already familiar with it, you usually get a response of “I don’t like curry.” Indian food is not just curry. That’s akin to saying Italian food is all about marinara, ignoring deliciously salty Prosciutto, creamy homemade mozzarella and freshly made cannolis, you know?

Earlier this week, I went down and visited with our old neighbors for a little bit, and we got to talking about food because I asked if they had a good recipe for Aloo Jeera. They didn’t, and when I mentioned that there are so many different recipes out there for it (like the version I made versus the restaurant’s version), he explained that different regions have different recipes for it. Much like asking ten Italians for their homemade gravy (sauce) recipe … they’re all going to be different. Bert mentioned a new, quick wrap he’s been throwing together recently, eating it for a snack or a light lunch, and as he described it, my mouth was watering. The power of suggestion and all that, after I left, I made a quick detour for a nearby Indian grocery store to pick up a few ingredients.

Since Nicholas was off for an evening with my parents, I took advantage of the kid-free dinner table and made the wraps. OMG, so good. I can’t put my finger on what made it exactly OMG good for me … the simplicity, the forgiveness, the flexibility, the healthiness … I don’t know, but it was incredibly satisfying and will be a frequent go-to from now on. I took a few liberties with the wrap along the way and as I mentioned forgiveness and flexibility, this is certainly one you can tweak to your own liking, adding and subtracting at will. Bert’s version didn’t have an onion in it, and he mentioned putting it in a tortilla. When I was at the grocery store and passed by the rotis, I wondered if that’s what he meant instead. No matter. I bought. I used. And oh so good.

A year ago today… The Neighbor Husband’s call for help.
Two years ago today… celebrating a new sink.

P.S. Since vegetables qualify for Weekend Herb Blogging, these delicious wraps make a perfect contribution to this weekend’s roundup, hosted by The Expatriate’s Kitchen.

Indian Cucumber Wraps
Recipe courtesy of Bert and Cate

1 Kirby cucumber, diced in small pieces
1 onion, peeled and sliced thin
olive oil
chick pea flour (Besan)
1 Roti
To taste: salt, pepper, sugar, Garam Masala

In a medium sauce pan, heat up a little bit of olive oil and add the cucumber and onion. Saute until they soften and add approximately a teaspoon of Besan, stir. Season with pinches of salt, pepper, sugar and Garam Masala to taste. Saute for another minute or two to give flavors a chance to marry. (As you can see from the picture, I let the onions get to the caramelized stage) In the meantime, put one Roti on paper towel in microwave for 15 seconds just to warm up and soften. When done, fill Roti with cucumber and onion mixture, roll up and devour.

I dipped in a mixture of part sour cream, part chutney, but it is just as good on its own.

Yield: 1 wrap

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Sara Chatfield November 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm

wow, this looks amazing! i will definitely have to give it a try!

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Carla November 9, 2007 at 7:29 pm

I’m going to an Indian restaurant tomorrow for the first time. Ironic because one of my best friends is Indian. I’ve made homemade chicken curry and loved it, so hopefully I’ll love the other cuisines as well. Plus it’s a buffet LOL Maybe I’ll see something similar to your wrap and try it. If not, I can always come back here for the recipe :)

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Cate November 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Sara – I’m already itching to make another. This weekend, for sure.

Carla – I love buffets, because it’s a great opportunity to try a bunch of different things without having to pay for each entree. Have fun!

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Cynthia November 10, 2007 at 2:27 am

Definitely gotta try this.

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Gay Carrillo November 12, 2007 at 7:25 am

yummy :)

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Kalyn November 13, 2007 at 1:38 am

Sounds just great to me!

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