The success of your no-muss-no-fuss meals depends very much on what you keep in the house. Fortunately, I live right above a robust market, so I can generally grab most things, but even so, it is MUCH easier to motivate yourself to cook when you already have the ingredients and can just get down to business without a store run.
We all have ingredients that we keep on hand almost all the time. They vary from household to household. In my apartment, we almost always have bread, whole wheat pasta, brown basmati rice, bags of frozen vegetables and a package of tofu. We also have cabinet drawers full of Indian spices.
The other night I was downstairs in my local market checking out what I could buy that would make a quick and easy meal. I figured I should buy a few different things that I could whip up in a jiffy so that I wouldn’t have the laziness excuse not to do it. I spied a jar of Maya Kaimal Coconut Curry sauce and decided to give it a try.
I put some rice in the rice cooker, dumped some frozen vegetables and cubes of tofu into the curry sauce and simmered it for about 10 minutes. Dinner was done. That was it.
It was very tasty. I personally have never had a coconut curry that was Indian (only Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan) and didn’t really know it existed. The curry reminded me of some Thai dishes I’ve had. It was so easy and yummy, and you can feed 4 people from a single jar. There are also directions on the jar for making the curry with meat, for the non-veg among us.
I got myself the Tikka Masala one too, but haven’t tried it yet. To be clear, this may or may not be satisfying for an actual Desi person who knows their way around a kitchen or has been fed by someone who does. I haven’t tested it on the husband yet. But let’s be honest – Desi’s aren’t reading my blog anyway, unless it’s to chuckle at how cute I am at botching their cuisine. So for the rest of us – enjoy!
Addendum: Tried the Tikka Masala but not really a fan. Too tomato-intense and rich for me. But you might like it, you never know.