This was a good recipe, though intensive and took a long time to make for a weeknight (1.5hrs). I think the assembled mixture needs to simmer for more than 5-10 minutes, especially with the huge amount of spices it calls for. It takes longer for everything to meld together. Considering all the substitutions I made, I think it is a foolproof dish that's going to be good no matter what. I made the following substitutions/changes: I used jarred minced garlic instead of fresh, red onion instead of yellow, 1 tsp of cayenne instead of 1.5 tsp, 1 can of tomatoes, okra and corn plus 2 fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes, 3 different beans instead of garbanzo, frozen English peas instead of canned and light coconut milk instead of regular. I did not have garam masala so I found a recipe for it online and combined nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cardamon as a substitute. I also added 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar to make it taste more like massaman curry. My husband LOVED it. It made 4 huge servings so we will have it again tomorrow night. Tip: don't forget to get some Naan bread to have on the side! You'll need it to cut all that spice.
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This was a good recipe, though intensive and took a long time to make for a weeknight...