I am a seasoned pro when it comes to ordering Indian food for delivery. I can also track down the one Indian restaurant in just about any city, from Guadalajara to Torino (actually, Torino had about three). However, I've always been too afraid to try cooking Indian food myself. I just found a great spice store where I can stock up on Indian spices without spending an arm and a leg, so I've bought what I hope are basic spices. Tonight I tried making aloo gobi and dal masoor. I've been cooking for about four hours and I'm guessing I've got another hour to go. I think I used half the cookware in my kitchen! I don't recall feeling this overwhelmed when I've cooked other food (I make a lot of Italian and Mexican stuff). I've also got a lifetime supply of dal and aloo gobi now! (I'm not totally sure of the best way to store this.)
Does anyone have any tips for cooking Indian for one? People from India who live and eat alone... can you help me out? It all just felt like too much. Too much time, too much effort, too much attention, too many ingredients, too much food when I was all done (if I'm ever all done). I need help! I'm on the wrong track!
PS - I am a vegetarian.