Wednesday, January 20, 2010

White Chili/Garam Masala

Traditional Chili's are a great option for healthy nutritional eating, but I think I have found a delicious alternative that has proved to be a hit whenever I make it.  Using white beans, minced (ground) turkey, tomatillos and jalepeno, in addition to this I also add my homemade garam masala which is just delicious.
Each serving is going to provide over 35g protein and 38g of carbohydrates.

The original recipe comes from Whole Foods website and it tastes great, but I think you will enjoy my improved version, click read more for the recipe:

White Turkey Chili

Serves 6 to 8


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
handful of chopped mushrooms
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of garam masala (I make my own, see bottom for details)
1 (28-ounce) can tomatillos, drained and chopped
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
1 small jalapeƱo, seeded and finely sliced
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups cooked any white beans, drained
Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned. Transfer to a bowl and return pot to heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell pepper, mushrooms and onion, cook until softened and golden brown. Return turkey to pot and add coriander, cumin, oregano and garam masala. Stir well to combine. Add bay leaf, tomatillos, chiles, jalapeƱos and broth, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 45 to 50 minutes. Gently stir in beans and cook for 30 minutes more. Stir in cilantro.
garnish with cheese and sour cream, if you like, though I don't like this bit :)

Garam Masala


Some of these ingredients may be hard to come by, but its worth the effort to make your own garam masala.  Store bought mixes of this spice are normally of poor quality, and you really don't know what you are getting.  I also invested $6 in a cheap coffee grinder which is dedicated to grinding my own spices.

This finished product will totally transform a boring curry, lentil soup or chili.

1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves (Kasoori Methi) this to me is the key ingredient
cinnamon sticks x 4
2 tablespoons cardamon pods
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
saffron - a generous pinch
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

blend to a fine powder.

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