Friday, July 15, 2011

Bombay Sloppy Joes

This is a great twist on American sloppy joes because of the intriguing flavors. The honey and raisins give hints of sweetness that really complements the spices. It's perfect served with naan!
Adapted from a recipe by Aarti Sequeira from Food Network Magazine.

Servings: 8-10
Total time: 30 minutes

2 T vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1-15oz can tomato sauce
1 c water

2 T vegetable oil, divided
1/4 c pistachios, shelled
1/4 c yellow raisins
1/4 large onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
16-20 oz ground turkey
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 c unsweetened soy milk
1/8 c cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil for sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic and just starting to brown, about 1 minute. Add the ginger, garam masala, cumin, and paprika and saute for about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.

While the sauce is reducing, heat 1 T of oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the pistachios and raisins. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the raisins swell up and the nuts are lightly toasted. Remove and set aside.

Heat another 1 T of oil over medium heat in the large pot. Add the pepper and onion. Saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is browned, about 7 minutes. Drain and return to stove.

Pour the thickened sauce into the turkey mixture. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Add the honey, soy milk, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Serve with hamburger buns or naan.

Served on naan

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