Semi-Homemade Indian Feast For Two


Holy wind! It’s like a tornado outside– 37 mph winds – not even kidding. And a tornado watch. And pouring sideways rain!! What’s going on!?!

Man am I dragging this morning! Last night’s late game impeded me of getting anywhere near eight hours of sleep since today starts with an early morning client. Combine that with waking up which seemed like every 10 minutes.

Did I mention my client was a no call no show? Yep.

Now it’d be easy to let this start a snowball into a Murphy’s Law kind of day, but I think I’ll stop it riiiight here 😉 On my way home from the gym this morning, I saw a bunch of people standing outside a Labor Today place – in the pouring rain. That made me thankful for having a job, and clients oversleeping is just part of the business. So hey, I’ll think of it this way – I only had to be at the gym for a half hour for an hour’s pay!

Onward and Upward!          

So last night before the game, I did a little work in the kitch.

When I told Shane we were having Indian food involving a new recipe of mine for dinner, he gave me a quizzical look. He gets scared when I say “new recipe” 😉

On the Indian menu:

Madras Lentils

Brown California Basmati Rice

Garlic Tandoori Naan

Pumpkin Rice Pudding w/ Fresh Whipped Cream

This dinner is what you can call semi-homemade, that’s for sure!

I started with the brown basmati rice. I’ve never cooked basmati rice, so I was a little skeptical myself.



Then moved onto the honey gobi.


We had this one time at a local Indian restaurant and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind since.


I will post the recipe for this on my recipes tab this week!

Garlic naan – semi homemade.


OK, maybe just a teensy homemade. It’s TJ’s Garlic naan with butter on top, ready to go into the oven 😉



And last but not least, the lentils!


Haha 😉

Tasty Bite sent me some of their vegetarian options to review on the blog. The last one I tried was the spiced chickpeas, and they were fabulous.


It’s such a great concept – it’s all natural, ready to go, and only takes 90 seconds to cook!




This meal was whipped up in about 30 minutes. The rice obviously took the longest.


It ended up being very very good! The husband was impressed and so was I.

A fabulous Indian meal!





The only thing that wasn’t perfect – the rice. It was a litttttle bit undercooked. After telling this to my client I trained shortly after eating dinner, she declared she was getting me a rice cooker. She spent three years in Japan and feels strongly that everyone needs a rice cooker! Apparently it comes out nice and fluffy and perfect every single time!

I had to leave quickly after eating, so the pumpkin rice pudding went un touched. I’ll leave that for the next post 😉


What’s your best semi-homemade meal?

Do you have a rice cooker? If not, do you have problems getting the rice to the perfect consistency?


16 Responses

  1. Tell me about this weather! I’m so NOT excited to be getting ready to go drive to work in it! EEK!

  2. ugh! So sorry chicky! I hope you get some rest time in today. But you are right- Amen to having a job!! The feast looks incredible. Especially the Naan! And just the idea of Pumpkin Rice Pudding w/ Fresh Whipped Cream…yum yum. I like taking V8 soups as a base and adding other fun ingredients to make them my own.

  3. Love my rice cooker, wouldn’t try it any other way!

  4. I used to always have trouble cooking rice, and a rice cooker was one of the best things I have ever bought. I got a cheaper version and it works great. Plus I can cook couscous or quinoa in there, and steam veggies at the same time (it comes with a steamer).

  5. No call no show NOT COOL!

    But your Indian food looks tasty! I want a rice cooker but am too cheap to buy one, hehe. I have tried making Indian dishes at home and they always turn out to be a big FAIL..just can’t get the spices to taste the same as at a restaurant. I have tried pre-packaged Indian and like it though! Trader Joe’s has a few good sauces/chickpea dishes 🙂

  6. We had the same weather yesterday, I did not like it!

    The meal looks great!

  7. […] a good Tuesday so far? As you can see, I have not been blown away by the wind yet, thankfully. When I got to the BIC, I found out I was in the majority of those who didn’t […]

  8. That looks delicious! I do NOT have a rice cooker and am horrible at cooking it so I buy the Boil in a Bag from Uncle Ben and it’s PERFECT!

  9. I want pumpkin rice pudding for dinner!

    My favorite semi-homemade meal is ravioli. We have this great Italian place nearby and I love picking up their fresh-made ravioli and marinara sauce. It takes so authentic with none of the work.

  10. I dream of Indian food 🙂 Jason gets a little scared too haha. Oh and there is nothing like hot, buttery naan straight outta the oven. Boo for tour client not showing!

  11. Semi-Homemade happens. Especially when you want to get dinner on the table in a reasonable amount of time! I have to say, that Indian is a great semi-homemade choice!

    We do have a rice cooker – I got it for Marcus for Hanukkah a couple of years ago, because I grew up with one. It’s a kitchen non-negotiable for me.

  12. We’re experiencing the crazy winds here in Milwaukee, too. The weather guy said that the low pressure conditions are similar to the Edmund Fitzgerald storm. Umm… scary?
    Your Indian feast looks great. I especially love the honey gobi, mmm.
    I tried to do semi-homemade Thai food (using a boxed noodle set thingy) and it was a complete disaster.

  13. that looks amazing. semi-homemade meals are the best! this looks great. 🙂 i love those indian heat-n-eat style meals… they are easy to combine into a big, full meal and are really healthy most of the time!

  14. tasty bite packs are surprisingly tasty! there’s another brand i’ve picked up before that i really like…can’t remember the name though. i’ll check my cabinets and get back to you hehe. always good for a quickie meal!

    swear by my rice cooker for regular rice, but can’t cook brown rice in it to save my life…still haven’t figured out the proper ratio for that.

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