A vegetarian dish of roasted pumpkin, carrots, onions, red bell pepper, chiles, ginger, garlic, coconut milk and basil..
For the Curry Paste (adapted from a recipe by Darlene Schmidt)
1 shallot, chopped
1 stalk lemon-grass, minced
2-3 red chilies
4 cloves garlic
1 thumb-size piece galangal (substitute ginger)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons traditionally-fermented soy sauce
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Process all ingredients together in a food processor, using just enough coconut milk to keep the blades turning. Set aside.
For the Vegetables
1 small pie pumpkin, split, seeded and roasted
2-3 carrots, trimmed and cut on 1/2 inch bias
1 small red bell pepper, julienne cut
1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
1-2 fresh green chiles, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
3 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons curry paste
1/2 can coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh basil, torn
1 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seeds
Split 1 small pie pumpkin in half lengthwise and remove stem, seeds and stringy material. Place cut-side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in a 350 degree oven until tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle.
Heat coconut oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté carrots until not quite tender, then add red bell pepper, onion and chiles and cook until just tender.
Add ginger, garlic and curry paste and fry until it begins to release a little oil. Add coconut milk and roasted pumpkin flesh, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add scallions and basil a few minutes before the end.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and basil leaves.
This post is in support of Meatless Monday!
Cauliflower florets in a tomato curry with onions, ginger and whole spices, served with savory garbanzo flour pancakes with scallions and black lemon..
For the Pancakes
8 oz garbanzo flour
1 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons ghee or melted butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon black lemon
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
Mix all ingredients together in a glass bowl and allow to stand 15 minutes. Heat ghee or butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Ladle in batter to form 3″ pancakes. Cook until golden brown on both sides, then drain on paper towels.
For the Gobi
1/2 white onion, diced
6 plum tomatoes, peeled and crushed through your fingers
6 large cauliflower florets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger
1-2 small green chiles, minced
1 teaspoon hulled cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon nigella seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon curry leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon true cinnamon nibs
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons poivron rouge
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon amchur (mango) powder
ghee or clarified butter
Sauté the onions, garlic, ginger, chiles and whole spices in ghee until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add turmeric, paprika, pepper and amchur and stir until thickened.
Add tomatoes, cauliflower and curry leaves and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Spoon gobi over pancakes and serve immediately.
This post is part of Meatless Monday, an initiative of The Monday Campaigns,
in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A traditional, healing curry of tomatoes, onions, chiles, cashews and spices fried in ghee with chickpeas, plump raisins, fresh pomegranate seeds and cilantro.
Even people who “don’t like Indian food” tend to love this dish..
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 plum tomatoes
1 small white onion
2-4 small green chiles
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
1/2 cup large black raisins
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon crushed star anise
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sweet cinnamon shards
1 1/2 teaspoons hulled cardamom
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon minced curry leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup filtered water
Heat ghee in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions and all of the whole spices (including bay) and sauté until onions are browned, about 5 minutes.
Stir in turmeric and paprika to form a thick paste.
Add chiles and tomatoes and continue to cook until tomatoes have released their water, about 5 minutes.
Add chickpeas, water, raisins and remaining spices and simmer 15 minutes.
Add cashews, pomegranate seeds and cilantro and stir to combine.
Fresh whole wheat tortillas, homemade chili con queso, avocado, black beans and heirloom tomato..
For the Chile con Queso
Gather jalapeños, green onions, garlic and cilantro from your backyard (or CSA, farmers’ market or co-op), grab some fresh whole milk and raw cheddar from the fridge and whole cumin, coriander, sea salt, pepper, chili powder and Mexican oregano from the pantry.
Toast the seeds in a dry pan over moderate heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add oregano, garlic, chili powder and milk and simmer for a few minutes.
Stirring briskly, add peppers, onions, cilantro and lots of shredded cheese. Continue to stir until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened, perhaps 5 minutes (do not let the mixture boil, or you will lose valuable nutritional value and risk curdling the sauce). Add a little more milk if too thick, a little more cheese if too thin. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
For the Filling
Mix together roughly equal parts diced white onion, avocado, cooked black beans and tomatoes. Add the juice from half of a fresh lime, bits of diced red Fresno and poblano peppers and chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least one hour before using.
Using a rubber spatula, spread a thin layer of cooled chili con queso on one side of each tortilla. Be sure to spread all the way to the edge.
Spoon avocado mixture into the center of a tortilla and spread to within about 1/2 inch of the edge. Top with another tortilla and press the edges together to form a seal.
Place the assembled quesadillas into a lightly-greased comal or skillet and cook in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is bubbling and the tortillas have begun to get crisp and brown on the edges.
Slide the quesadillas onto a cutting board and let stand 2-3 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with pro-biotic pickled red onions on the side.
This post is part of The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday
Gluten-free, 100% corn spaghetti with fresh herbs, roasted vegetables and a rich duck egg aioli..
Make a traditional aioli, substituting pastured duck eggs for chicken eggs, and using a bold garlic such as Chesnok red. Add minced fresh opal basil, oregano, frisée (curly endive), a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and plenty of sea salt and cracked pepper. Set aside.
Boil one quart of filtered water with one teaspoon sea salt for every 4oz of corn spaghetti. Swirl the water, add the pasta and cook al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain, but do not rinse. Keep warm.
Broil 3/4 inch-thick slices of heirloom tomato seasoned with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper until brilliant red and blistered. Hold in warm oven.
Meanwhile, quickly sauté onions and Italian roasting peppers in a bit of oil over high heat until just softened.
Toss the pasta with the sautéed vegetables, then stir in the aioli.
To serve, arrange pasta in the middle of a large plate and use a spatula to place the broiled tomato on top. Shave a little Pecorino over all and garnish with additional minced herbs.
A traditional, healing dish of sprouted lentils in a spicy, savory tomato sauce with toasted whole spices, onions, peppers, pea shoots and wild pomegranate seeds.
Sauté whole hulled cardamom, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, bay leaf and true cinnamon in ghee or clarified until fragrant and the seeds begin to “pop” in the in pan.
Add diced white onion, peppers and plum tomatoes and cook, stirring continuously until the oil separates, about 5 minutes.
Add turmeric, paprika, black pepper, freshly-grated ginger and wild pomegranate seeds and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
Add raw, sprouted lentils, pea shoots and chopped cilantro and stir to combine.
Note: if feeding a crowd, you could easily extend this dish with simmered chickpeas
Serve over aged basmati rice or with naan if desired.
This post is part of the Pennywise Platter Thursday at The Nourishing Gourmet
Wild pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice known as anardana (which literally means pomegranate (anar) seeds (dana) in Persian), most notably in Indian and Pakistani cuisine but also as a replacement for pomegranate syrup in Middle Eastern cuisine. As a result of this, the dried whole seeds can often be obtained in ethnic Indian Sub-continent markets. The seeds are separated from the flesh, dried for 10–15 days and used as an acidic agent for chutney and curry production. Seeds may also be ground in order to avoid becoming stuck in teeth when eating dishes containing them. Seeds of the wild pomegranate daru from the Himalayas are regarded as quality sources for this spice.