Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bring on the WK

As well as taking on a vegan diet, my husband has also decided to start cooking with me.  Its nice to have help...at least, it will be once he figures out where everything is, but I figured for his first meal we'd start with something relatively easy.  Enter the Indian spice packets from a new company, Waverly Kitchens, that I received to test out.  Its kind of a whole system, they do the best describing it themselves (since I confess to having no knowledge of Indian cooking besides knowing I like to eat it):
Our product, WK Pacs, are a combination of a two part spice blend (optimizing the Indian cooking process), simple instructions, a thorough shopping list, and online resource community.  All WK Pacs are 100% vegetarian and we recently launched a vegan product line.
They are even vegan conscious when it comes to their vegetarian line, suggesting tofu as a substitution for the paneer cheese that some of the vegetarian WK Pacs call for.

So, what did we think?  Well, the people from Waverly Kitchens are really nice, and my packet came in the mail very promptly, even though they initially contacted me when I was ridiculously busy and took over 3 weeks to get back to them (terrible!!  I publicly apologize).  

These were the packets were received:  

First, they are pretty!  I love their little tree symbol (in the top right corner).  Second, they are REALLY convenient.  On one side of the packet is the list of all the ingredients you will need for the dish.  On the other side are very easy to follow step-by-step directions.  Inside the packet are the two spice packets.  One on the top, and one on the bottom, you just rip them open, cut open your spices, pour and..that's it!  Our packets made Chola Curry (chickpea curry), Spinach Raita, and Peas and Potato Sabji.  For this meal we only had the Curry and Raita (which isn't pictured).  

The idea is to eat all three packets together, but we just had the chola and raita with brown rice, because I felt like I needed something to balance out the curry.  Not necessarily to back off the heat, the raita is obviously for that, I just needed something besides "spice, spice, spice".  We could have make the potatoes and had the rice but....that's just too much food for me, haha.  That being said, this was a really good meal, and we definitely will be making the Peas and Potato Sabji soon!

So, if you want some help with an authentic Indian dinner, I definitely suggest checking out Waverly Kitchens.  You can sign up for a free trial at their website, but be sure to realize that if you don't cancel, they will keep coming, and you will be charged each month!  I definitely recommend trying out their product!!

13 comments:

  1. wow, how interesting! that seems super helpful and kind of brilliant.

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  2. I've heard of these packets before...sounds interesting!

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  3. Awwwww I love the idea of you and your hubbers cooking together...how romantic...swwwwwwwwwwwoon!

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  4. Good to know Gina. My first attempt at Indian food was years ago and a total disaster. I made some for my parents back when I first started eating a vegetarian diet. I had no idea how to prepare tofu, and my dad asked if all that mushy white stuff on his plate were huge boogers. Yep, my dad's a classy guy. :)

    Maybe I should give Indian cooking another try!

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  5. The chickpea looks real good! I'm hungry!

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  6. What a cool idea. I'm going to have to check that out.

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  7. Cool! I love the idea of subbing tofu for that paneer cheese stuff. I've always wondered if that would work, but I never had a chance to try dairy paneer when I was lacto-ovo so I didn't know what it was supposed to taste like.

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  8. A very tempting proposition, indeed! I love Indian food, but almost never have time to cook it... This looks so good!

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  9. You guys should REALLY check it out!! They separate the spices so you cook them in stages, so that you can "bloom" the first set of spices, making it all....authentic :) One of the reason I never even bothered trying was because I already had all those spices ground and didn't want to buy them all whole too!

    It's really easy, check them out!

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  10. sounds awesome!

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  11. That looks so good!! You're so lucky you got to try those!
    -A

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  12. It was really cool to read that you cooked with your husband. I feel cooking together is a unique social experience. Thx from the WK family for trying out the WK Pacs. I am glad you wrote about the blooming and simmering of spices in 2 stages. It took me years to figure out this secret to get the unique authentic taste; was rather obvious to my wife.

    Last month we introduced Spinach Tofu (or Paneer) curry; this is my favorite. You can check out the picture under the meals tab of www.waverleykitchens.com. Oh, also want to mention that there is an option to make one-time orders too & make your own choice of WK Pacs that you want shipped.

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  13. *clears throat.

    D-d-d-danger, watch behind you - there's a stranger out to find you
    What to do? Just grab onto some Duck Tales, oo-oo!
    Not pony tails or cotton tails but Duck Tales, oo-oo!

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