Saturday, April 5, 2014

Low Carb Kebabs & Indian Creamed Spinach

Low Carb Muthi Kebabs from Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes
Grab your saris girls! We're going Indian! A complete low carb Indian meal is now at your fingertips and you don't have to be a gourmet to make it authentic, either! Quick, easy, and delicious is the game plan this week. And Indian Muthi Kebabs with Indian Creamed Spinach are on the table, courtesy of my sweet friend, Peggy Hardaway of Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes.

Pork Patties with Bacon Gravy from
Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes
Fluffy Chix Cook extends a warm welcome to my friend, Peggy Hardaway, cook, recipe developer, author and food blogger at Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes. More importantly, Peggy and I share Texas stompin' grounds. Peggy's a phenomenal Texas and Southern chef--and specializes in that special blend of coastal cooking, unique to the Gulf Coast. But that "ain't all" folks. Because if ethnic is where it's at for you (and it is for us about 50% of the time), then Peggy's your go-to gal!

Over the years, I've watched Peggy develop her awe-inspiring collection of over 750 low carb (Atkin's) recipes and drooled. Yes. Constantly. Drooled. She's done everything from Cajun, Texan and Southern, to Indian (her favorite) to Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese. And I'm telling your right now, if you've not made Peggy's Mint Sauce for use on ANY grilled or pan-seared meat (but especially great on lamb and beef), then stop what you're doing.

Everything. Stop it all, right now. And run.

RUN! (don't walk--get the lead out!)

Go get Peggy's Mint Sauce Recipe. (I've made it easy for you. Just click on the link!) It is so fine, just thinking of it causes my mouth to water.

I also owe Peggy a debt of gratitude. Due to her culinary genius, we now have dumplings back in our low carb keto lifestyle. Life is good. You may have read these two posts from Fluffy Chix:

I Have a Dream (A Low Carb Dumpling in Every Pot)

Creamy Low Carb Chicken and Dumplings

But you can read Peggy's original dumpling recipes here. These recipes will provide hours of low carb, dumpling mischief (guilt-free, of course), but Southern hijinx for certain! So without further ado...take it away, Peggy!


by Peggy Hardaway
Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes

I am honored and delighted to do a guest post here at Fluffy Chix Cook!   I’ve been following Susie’s incredible kitchen talent for quite some time!  What a great cook!  So I am humbled by her vote of confidence in my own cooking!  You can explore more Indian dishes and over 700 other simple low-carb recipes at Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes.  I’m all about EASY in the kitchen so my recipes go together fast!

Susie once mentioned she is fond of Indian food, so I thought I’d do an Indian recipe for her readers today.   Indian is our favorite ethnic cuisine and I fix it at home about as often as we eat it at restaurants.. If you’re just beginning to dabble in Indian food, kebabs are a good “toe in the water”.  Not usually too spicy hot! 

They are my husband’s favorite Indian food, in fact!  They are sometimes made with lamb, sometimes with beef.  You occasionally even see Indian kebabs and meatballs made with ground chicken!   

You can cook these indoors, but honestly, grilling them over charcoal will achieve a tandoori oven flavor that is sublime.  Once you've grilled them, you'll never cook them any other way! 
The bread in the picture are Mission Carb Balance whole wheat flour tortillas (3 net carbs), dry griddled a few seconds on each side in an ungreased, hot non-stick pan.  I find that flavor to be very close to real Indian chapatis.  :)


Low Carb Muthi Kebabs make fantastic
Induction-friendly meals.
  • 24 oz. ground beef or lamb (not too lean, or add some fat)
  • 4 oz. onion, minced fine
  • 2-3 T. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine
  • ½ tsp. ginger root, minced
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala  (recipe below)
  • ¼ tsp.each  turmeric and sea salt
  • Dash black and cayenne pepper
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  1. Begin by placing all the ingredients (except the meat) into a food processor or blender and process until well minced.  Add the meat and pulse just a few times just to mix the seasonings uniformly into the meat.  Spoon out the meat mixture and form 8 kebabs around water-soaked kebab sticks.  Or you can just form into 8 small patties. If using kebab sticks, be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes before loading them with meat to prevent burning over your charcoal fire.  Each kebab will be approximately 3 oz.
  2. Prepare charcoal fire and when coals are ready, grill the kebabs over hot coals for about 8-10 minutes on a side.  Time will vary depending on how hot your fire is and how far the meat is from the coals.  

MUTHI KEBAB NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 kebabs, each contains:
237.6 calories
15.2 g  fat
1.46 g  carbs
.29 g fiber
22.5 g  protein
418 mg sodium
1.17 g  net carbs
23% RDA Vitamin B6, 97% B12, 28% iron, 31% niacin, 25% phosphorous, 16% riboflavin, 335% selenium, 66.8% zinc and 288 mg potassium


This is my version of Garam Masala.   I have found it to be good in all curries, on all grilled meats and even on broiled or grilled seafood.  You’ll love having this blend in your spice rack!

Low Carb Garam Masala from Peggy Hardaway
  1. In a dry skillet, over low heat, heat the first 6 spices until they become very fragrant. Don’t get distracted, or they will scorch and you’ll have to throw them out and start all over! Turn off heat.
  2. When cool, using a spice/coffee grinder, grind all toasted spices to a pretty fine grind, but it doesn’t have to be as fine as salt.  Add grated nutmeg at this point.  When adding this spice to curry recipes, I once again heat the dry skillet and reheat these until they become fragrant and then proceed with whatever recipe I’m making. This is outstanding in all chicken, beef and fish curries.  It’s great on charcoal grilled, buttered  fish and chicken, too!
6  calories
.31 g.  fat
1.1 g.  carbs
.6 g.  fiber
.23 g.   protein


I always serve anything Indian with Indian Creamed Spinach.  I’m so excited we now have not one, but TWO new Indian grocery stores that just opened up in my fairly small town.  So I can purchase frozen paneer  cubes (homemade cheese) that can be added to this dish!   Four cubes of cheese will add 80 calories, 5 g fat, o carbs, 0 fiber, 7 g protein and 40 mg sodium to your total numbers.

Low Carb Indian Creamed Spinach from
 Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 oz. yellow onion
  • 16 oz. frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 c. water
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala (recipe above)
  • ¼ tsp. minced ginger root
  • ½ c. chopped cilantro, fresh
  • ½ seeded jalapeno chopped

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet. Slice onion and sauté until tender.  Add spinach and water, cover and simmer just until spinach is done (about 5 minutes).  Drain off any remaining water. 
  2. Add cream cheese, stir and melt.  Add spices and jalapeno and  lower heat.  Stir in cream.  Simmer until flavors have well-blended stirring several times.  Season with salt and pepper.   Pop  into a 350º oven for 15-20 minutes. 

CREAMED SPINACH NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each contains
193 calories
16.4 g  fat
7.9 g  carbs
3.9 g  fiber
197 g  sodium


Whew! I don't know about you but my mouth is watering and my tummy thinks my throat's been cut! These delicious and totally low carb, keto-licious Indian recipes from Peggy Hardaway are fantastic. We can't wait for you to try them, then be sure to leave a comment below, so that Peggy will feel the love!

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