Commander in Chef

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….’

Sure, but can he make a mean Tortilla Soup?  How about authentic Pasta Sauces?

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.