A friend found a new in box sun oven at Goodwill for a deal and picked it up for us. Seems like the desert should be a perfect place for one!
Since it was our first go, we went for a simple slow cooker recipe, chickpea curry:
- 1 onion chopped up roughly
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 inch peeled and minced ginger
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 3 cups cooked chickpeas
We pressure cooked the chickpeas and I sauteed the onions and garlic on the stove. Then we chucked the whole mess into a pot, filled it with enough water to cover, put it in the oven and aimed the oven at the sun.
We left it outside all day, re-aiming the oven occasionally as we thought of it. Temps got as high as about 300, but average around 270. Hotter than a slow cooker.
After about 5 hours it was dinner time. We pressure cooked some brown rice, crossed our fingers, and pulled the food from the oven. It came out wonderfully! I think we could get away with not sauteing the onions or garlic at all; they just melted into the sauce anyway.
Time for a much more complex sun oven recipe!