February 11th, 2008


Channa masala

This is my go-to recipe, obtained from Amma. Bomb-diggity for sundry reasons:
  • simple ingredients. most of what you need can be picked up quickly from any corner bodega or super market.
  • easy preparation -- aside from some initial chopping, all you is pour in things and keep it simmering
  • reliability -- it's hard to fuck up, as long as you remember the secret ingredient. overcooking tomatoes/garbanzos never seems to be an issue.

before violence with knives

ensuing carnage


2 cans garbanzos (drain liquid)
1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely minced *
1/2 tsp turmeric powder, cinnamon, ground cloves, black pepper powder
1 tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp tamarind concentrate (SECRET INGREDIENT, DO NOT OMIT)
Chopped cilantro

Sautee garlic & onion till garlic's golden brown. Add chili and spices and fry some more. Add tamarind concentrate, salt and tomatoes. Bring to boil then simmer 15 minutes. Add garbanzos and simmer till beans are cooked through. Garnish with cilantro and serve over Basmati rice, with a side of plain yogurt.

For best results, use Basmati that comes in a burlap sack that can later be made into baby clothes.


These schmoes were fed

25 Access to water

The great cities of the world tend to be ports. There's a stillness in water that lends itself to contemplation and serenity. We seek out oceans and rivers.

When I converted to Judaism, the very last step was to get naked and enter the mikvah (sacred bath). I came out of it reborn as a Jew. Christians have a similar ritual, baptism. What is the connection between water and birth? Is it the whole concept of a pregnant woman breaking water?

I have admit I don't know exactly what that means... yet.