Friday, January 1, 2010

Food Friday - Homemade Indian Sauce

This was an attempt to make some Indian Food a little more home-made. I came across a recipe for Spicy Butternut Squash Soup on Adventures of a Desi Knitter's blog. I thought it sounded good and would maybe translate into a good sauce.

Chop up a few gloves of garlic.

2 tbsp of ginger

Melt butter in pan and add garlic and ginger.

I bought a 1lb package of squash, instead of having to peel, clean, and chop one myself.

I use approximately half the container and chopped up each of the pieces into much smaller pieces. Add to pot.

1 medium potato, peeled and chopped. Add to pot.

I only added one cup of water, since I was making a sauce instead of a soup.

Here is everything cooking down. I cooked it on about medium heat.

Boil two chicken breasts.

Julienne half of a zucchini and chop up other half. Chopped half throw in pot.

I put about a tsp, instead of a tbsp, since the boy doesn't care for spicy stuff.

This is not in the recipe, but I added just a little turmeric because the flavor seemed to be to light, but this was a mistake. It ended up over powering everything in the sauce.

I steamed some broccoli and cauliflower.

Cut up the chicken breasts and brown in a little EVOO.

I added half of this to the sauce to thicken it up a bit.

Chopped up two Roma tomatoes.

Take sauce and blend together. I should have cooked the sauce down further, it was difficult to get it as smooth as I would have liked, because the squash wasn't as soft as it needed to be.

Add zucchini and tomatoes to the chicken pan and fry until zucchini are tender but still a little crisp.

Make rice and layer. Rice, sauce, broccoli and cauliflower, and then the chicken and veggie mix.

Conclusion . . . this was headed in the right direction, but needs to be tweaked some. It definitely gives me encouragement to continue to try to make my own Indian sauces though. I liked the veggies and meat cooked that way. Some things simply taste better fried, while others taste better steamed.


  1. Good deal... :) Squash is a hard one.

  2. That looks good. I love Indian, but it is /tough/ to get the seasonings just right. And it goes bad really fast when you get them wrong...the only food I've ever made that we really just couldn't eat was an Indian dish.