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India-inspired concoctions for The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Inspired by the flavours of The Hundred-Foot Journey, add a little Indian spice to your summer eats and drinks.

Cheater Chana

There is no way you want to disgrace the ancient art of Indian cooking by calling this a true chana masala. That exquisite mixture of spices and slow simmering of chickpeas can’t be beat, but this recipe takes 20 minutes, is low in fat, tasty as heck, and a total crowd-pleaser. A simple side of sautéed spinach and an extra bottle of beer is all you need to make this weeknight meal a true treat.

Serves: 6          Takes:  20 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom – pods
  • 2 28-oz cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 bottle beer
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • Pinch hot pepper flakes (optional)

Warm a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add butter. Add onion, and allow to brown. Add sweet potato to onion. Stir in curry powder. Smash cardamom pods with the back of a knife and add, stirring to coat. Add chickpeas to the mixture and douse with beer. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes to reduce liquid, then stir in tomato sauce as well as hot pepper flakes (if desired).

Simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes to soften potatoes and thicken sauce.

~Theresa Albert is a food communications expert and author of Ace Your Health.

Bonjour India Cocktail

Fresh and fruity, sweet and salty, this cocktail epitomizes India in a glass, especially with a dash of spice.

  • ¼ cup mango and ¼ cup cantaloupe, peeled, pitted, and puréed
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) chilled light beer
  • ½ ounce tequila
  • 1 lime
  • Coarse salt
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Fresh fruit for garnish

Combine mango and cantaloupe purées, lime juice, beer, and tequila. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a tall glass and then press into salt to create a rim. Fill glass one-third full with ice and add fruit mixture. Add a few dashes of hot sauce if you like some spice, and garnish with additional fruit.

~Dee Brun is a cocktail stylist and author of Libations of Life, A Girls Guide to Life One Cocktail at a Time