During the holidays, I was benched due to my food aversions and sicknesses. I spent most of my time on the couch, snuggled up with my dogs, and watched hours upon hours of TV. My husband was more than happy with this arrangement, which generally consisted of Food Network during the day, and NCAA Bowl Games at night.
While I used to watch Food Network like it was going out of style, I found that it was pretty redundant, and I was getting tired of many of the chefs on TV. I probably hadn't turned on the channel in a few years, but since I couldn't muster the energy to cook, I found that watching them cook was second best. What I found were many new chefs that I had never seen before, including Aarti Sequeira a Next Food Network Star winner. One of the episodes I watched contained this slaw recipe, which she served with a brisket and Mac and Cheese. I thought the slaw looked delicious and easy for a weeknight, but didn't care for the other dishes. I printed up the recipe, and stuck it in my binder, waiting for my desire to cook to return.
When I was working on my menu last week, I found this recipe in my binder and decided to try to brainstorm a vegetarian meal in which it would fit. Aarti is Indian, and though the slaw isn't overwhelmingly Indian in flavors, I decided to use other Indian elements to complete the dish. I love slaws on burgers, so I took the basic elements of a burger, and made them both Indian and vegetarian. For the bun aspect, I made a sun-dried tomato and garlic naan. The tomatoes were a last minute addition, but I have an abundance in the pantry - this recipe will be coming soon. For the burger, I thought of my favorite Indian dish - Chana Masala, a spicy tomatoey chick pea mixture. I used those same spices and created a chick pea patty to place on the naan, and top with the slaw. It was an absolutely delicious meal, and terrific compliment to the sweet slaw.
Though I've kind of stopped watching the Food Network again, I am glad to see some new, fresh content, and find myself looking up recipes for the shows I saw often! Do you still watch Food Network? Who are some of your favorites?
Broccoli and Dill Raita Slaw
adapted from Aarti Sequiera
3/4 c. 2% Greek Yogurt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 c. cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. fresh chopped dill
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp. ginger root, grated
1 scallion, sliced thin
1 10 oz. bag broccoli slaw
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. almonds, roughly chopped
Salt and white pepper, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon zest and juice, cilantro, dill, garlic, ginger and scallion.
Add broccoli slaw and toss to coat.
Season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust.
Add cranberries and almonds, gently toss to distribute.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes, toss before serving, serve chilled.