President Obama gave an interview the other day and the conversation turned to Pakistan and…cooking.
Interviewer: ‘What can you cook?’
President Obama: ‘Oh, keema … dal … You name it, I can cook it….’
So, exactly what are Kheema and Dal? Kheema can be thought of as an Indian Chili. Ground meat is mixed with traditional Indian spices and other ingredients: coriander, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, tomatoes, onions. Variations include one or more of the following: yogurt, coconut milk, peas, Serrano chilies. Dals are dried legumes, such as lentils, peas or beans, seasoned in ways to compliment a main course. Sometimes they are heavily spiced to be the main course.
A variety of recipes abound for both of these dishes, or head out to the nearest Indian restaurant to sample a broader array of taste treats. I am no expert on any Indian dishes, but I may have to start testing some recipes, just in case I am suddenly inundated with requests.
Now if you will excuse me I have to brush up on my Urdu poetry.