Whether the fall weather has you in the mood for soup, or you find yourself pulling out the slow cooker to simply make getting dinner onto the table easier, you will love this Easy Indian Stew. We enjoyed it one recent day when my daughter was home sick—and she needed me to help her build with Legos and play with stickers, rather than spending my time making dinner—and it was a hit with the whole family. It has really interesting flavors but there’s nothing particularly complicated about it. Oh: The leftovers were really delicious, too.
I followed the recipe except for a few small adjustments:
- I used half potatoes and half butternut squash since we’d gotten both in a recent CSA box. I cut the butternut squash a bit larger than the potato to help prevent it from overcooking or breaking apart during cooking.
- I skipped the first step of sauteing entirely and simply added everything to the slow cooker. I might have lost a little flavor, but the final results were so flavorful that I’m happy I didn’t dirty another pan.
I prepped all of the ingredients and put them into the slow cooker, which only took a few minutes, and turned it to high since it was already lunchtime. I put the tomato paste and cream of coconut left from the cans into separate zip top freezer bags and stuck them into the freezer for later use. (I also did the same with the ginger, which you can actually grate frozen into dishes with great results.)
A few hours later, when the house smelled like subtle curry, I had my daughter help me tear up some pita bread so we could bake it into chips. We brushed the pita wedges with melted butter and a little salt and baked them at 350 degrees F for 14 minutes.
My girl mostly ate the chips along with the peas and potatoes from the soup, but my husband and I enjoyed everything in our bowls. The split peas were a nice change of pace and I loved getting to enjoy some favorite Indian flavors right at home. Since we don’t have an Indian restaurant in our small town, this slow cooker stew is the next best thing!
Get the full recipe for Easy Indian Stew here.