I just think people like saying Shawarma! Lol. If you don’t yet know me just be fair warned that I reference movies and t.v…a lot. So if you get the Seinfeld reference, hurrah! You’re my people. Anyways back to Shawarma. I have recently discovered that Trader Joe’s, in all its fucking amazingness, has Shawarma chicken thighs and they are GOD DAMN DELICIOUS! So I am here to tell you my go-to Indian Take Out, No Take Out meal.
Now I love Indian food, but it can be ridiculously expensive. Especially if it's just two of you but your lovely hubs eats for three. And have you ever tried to make Indian food from scratch?!?! There’s no fucking way! I mean if you had all day and someone else to do the dishes, then yeah I might consider attempting making Indian food. But until then there's Trader Joe’s and all its glory!
So are you ready for the easiest Indian food ever?!? Here's what ya need from TJ’s, Shawarma Chicken thighs, Basmati Rice, Peas (frozen or fresh), Garlic Naan, 1 or 2 packages of Madras Lentils and Yellow Tadka Dal.
I usually start by making the rice. I use my Instant-Pot, which is the shit! 3 cups rice, 3 cups water set to Manual for 4 minutes with a 10 min quick release. Best rice ever. If you didn't understand that I apologize and make the rice however you do. While the rice is cooking I make the thighs according to the package directions (shocking I know), and the peas. Once the rice is done, I add the peas to it. No particular reason I just like the way it looks. It's all about the presentation. Duh.
When the chicken has just a few minutes left I make the lentils and Tadka Dal. This step is very important and critical. You're going to need a pair of very sharp shears. Use those to cut open the bag of lentils and Tadka Dal and either nuke them or heat them up on the stove. Told you it was a critical step
Once the chicken is done, chop it up real good. Like tinyish pieces. Trust me its will be easier to scoop up with the Naan. THE NAAN! The last essential piece. This is super easy. Heat, butter, use as scooper of other deliciousness. OK now that everything is done. Put it all in a bowl and enjoy!
There you have it the easiest Indian food ever! I’ve probably made this meal about 4 times already, twice for friends who've come over dinner. I was a total hit and does not disappoint. Anyways, hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Take Out, No Take Out meal.
Have a Fucking Fantabulous Week Peeps
The Toasted Ginger