Santa’s best present to me this year was two packets of homemade Indian spice mixes from Sonal over at Simply Vegetarian777.They arrived in the mail and, as is our custom they sat along with the other mail on the dining room table for a few hours until it was time to check on bills and other paperwork. As I was doing some work on my computer on that table, the smell of the spices was haunting me. Every once in a while I would get a powerful hit of smoky aroma, and after about an hour I could wait no longer. I opened them up and put the Curry Melange to work, in a tomato/fennel/celery/mung bean sprout soup. The soup was so good that we used it for days, as soup, as pasta sauce, and on top of rice.
I also made some killer roasted cauliflower with this mix.
This week I decided to dig into the Tandoori marinade. Not having meat in the house I decided to “marinate” some tempeh in the Tandoori mix overnight, then saute and oven bake it to lock in the flavor. Rounded out with some 3 day bone broth, some celery hearts, and a mix of sprouted mung beans, sunflower seeds and pepitas, I had a meal to die for last night. Unfortunately during the assembling of the soup I ate more than my share of the tandoori tempeh, and so my soup was rather sparse on the protein!
I’m not sure what exactly Sonal put in her spice mixtures, but I can say that they are leaps and bounds better than the fine mixes I get at Penzey’s and even at the Spice Station here in Los Angeles, the latter being a very elite and expertly curated store for spices. I am very excited that her spices are in the works to go commercial, so that I can have use of them all the time and not just when I beg her for more out of her kitchen!