I finally made the viral recipe that was featured on New York Times ‘The Stew’ by Alison Roman and here are my thoughts.
When a recipe goes viral and it is still popular several months later, I get terrible FOMO. So I was always going to try this recipe.
So there I was minding my own business on social media, when I happened to stumble upon a recipe that had gone viral. A recipe that people were really really raving about. Obviously, I had to see what all the hype was about. So I headed over to the New York Times website and read the recipe. It seemed simple enough and also sounded quite similar to a recipe that I had made before. Being Indian, recipes using chickpeas and coconut milk are in abundance. Shocking, I know.
The description of The Stew, Alison Roman’s recipe
‘Spiced chickpeas are crisped in olive oil, then simmered in a garlicky coconut milk for an insanely creamy, basically-good-for-you stew. While the chickpeas would be good as a side dish, they are further simmered with stock, bolstered with dark, leafy greens of your choosing and finished with a handful of fresh mint. When shopping, be sure to avoid low-fat coconut milk, coconut milk meant for drinking or cream of coconut: All are very different and would not be suitable here.’
Why we love it
I knew that the appeal with this recipe was its simplicity – hello simple pantry ingredients, that it was healthy and that it was very comforting. Cold weather and bowl food = Happy tummies.
Almost as if to prove my point, I had all the ingredients at home already..so I didn’t have to brave the cold, I wanted healthy food that day and I happened to be craving a bowl of comfort food..hmm..what would I make?
..AND I made it. Initially I though it was a little bland but I don’t always need my tastebuds to be blown away. Sometimes subtle is good right? I wasn’t getting the hype though. I felt like it needed something more. SO I made it again but amped up some of the flavours..It worked and it was divine.
Here is what I did differently:
- Cooked the onions until golden brown before adding the garlic and ginger. It is the indian in me. I cannot skip this step.
- I finely grated the Ginger and crushed the Garlic. In the recipe the garlic and ginger are chopped. I just prefer mine super fine.
- Added the turmeric earlier on and added none at the end. I added just 1/2 a tsp.
- Added extra garlic because I love it.
- Added a pinch of Garam Masala towards the end of cooking.
- Chucked in extra cumin because I love it.
- Squeezed in some lemon juice at the end.
- Reduced the mint leaves. I have an aversion to too much mint because I was over exposed to it during one period in my life.
- I also reduced the overall quantity of Greens. That is just my personal preference.
Check out the video here.