The South Beach Gourmet

Recipes for the South Beach Diet

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Tandoori "Nachos"

I love chips. I crave chips. I found this little concoction to be a nice alternative! Made with 'papadum' - an Indian chip-like baked snack that is made from fava bean or lentil flour, you can find a P1 version at many South Asian grocers, or a P2 version at Trader Joe's (which is what I used).

Papadum (easier to buy it):
  • 8 cups lentil flour
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp turmeric (or just use 1 tsp curry)
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1/4 cup water (or more if needed)

For 30 to 45 crackers:

1. Mix flour & spices
2. Add water and knead the dough until it is smooth. You may have to add some water, depending on the flour.
3. Split the dough into 30 or 45 balls. (meatball sized)
4. Roll out one ball at a time to a very thin round layer on a slightly oiled surface.
5. Dry the papadums in the oven or 1.5 hrs (at about 250)

Curry spinach sauce

Again, the easy thing to do is check out TJ's - they have curry simmer sauce and punjab spincach simmer sauce. I make my own:
-1 can tomato paste
-1 tomato, diced finely
-1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed, drained
-2 tsp curry powder
-1 T garlic
-1/2 onion, finely sliced
-1/2 tsp salt

Mix all together, allow to simmer on low-to-medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Let cool.

Other ingredients -
Shredded LF cheese
Diced cooked chicken or pork loin or lean ground beef/turkey

Layer papaduns like tortilla chips: chips, then meat or poultry, then curry sauce, then cheese. Bake in oven 30 minutes at 350, or mircowave it for a few minutes.


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