Garam Masala Lentils

I've always been curious about garam masala. It certainly sounds interesting and tasty.

It's similar to a curry. A blend of spices. But it's less complex than a curry blend. It's usually used as a starting point and additional spices are added.

I got some as a gift and decided to try it with lentils and barley in a curry.

If you like curry and haven't yet tried adding garam masala, you should. It's easy to get online. It adds a whole new level of depth.

I love lentils in a curry because they need a lot of flavor and they bring texture as well as thickening properties. You don't want a loose or watery curry.

I made a huge batch. This yielded 2.5 quarts of food. So you may want to halve the measurements.

1 red bell pepper, diced
2 poblano peppers, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
2 serranos, minced
5 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup dry pearl barley
1 can coconut milk
3 heaping spoonfuls of my hari…

Buffalo Chick Peas

I believe I may have just invented the next big food thing. Buffalo chick pea. That's right. They're awesome little pebbles of deep fried, spicy goodness.

They're really easy to make. And a delicious snack you won't be able to stop scarfing down. Don't blame me if you gain weight. It'll totally be worth it anyway. These are not low fat. But they are spicy goodness in little funny shaped balls.

1 can garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
2 tbls hot sauce
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tbl peanut butter
1 packet soy sauce
toasted panko breadcrumsb
salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Grab yourself a can of chick pea. Rinse and drain.

In a bowl combine hot sauce, white vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

Get some oil hot in a deep skillet. Drop in chick peas and fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oil and toss in sauce mixture.

Let cool and rest in sauce. Store that way.

Serve directly from sauce and sprinkle with toasted panko bread crumbs.

Use to garnish any dish. Or just eat directly as a snack. Dip in roasted garlic hummus or garlic and dill cream cheese.