Yes, this was a use-up-the-vegetable-drawer inspired dish. My intention was to make a vegetarian dinner and I, mindlessly, headed in the direction of my usual Mediterranean flavors — and then I remembered the can of coconut milk I bought when I was at the supermarket the last time — so I set the S/S FOODalogue on a different course.
I’ve dabbled with Indian flavors a time or two, but not enough to know what the heck I’m doing. But that never stops me …
… so I pulled out some curry powder and garam masala from the back of the spice cabinet and set sail to Mumbai.
Later, as I sipped a little wine and enjoyed the wafting aroma of dinner, I had a conversation with myself that I’ve had before. It goes something like this:
… with the exception of the coconut milk, this is pretty low in calories;
… it would have been even healthier if you used the brown rice instead of white;
… this is really delicious!
… you should make dishes like this more often!
Vegetable Stew with a Fragrant Coconut Curry Sauce
- fresh peas
- carrot diced
- fennel diced
- baby spinach
- scallion (green onion) minced
- sweet mini peppers (sliced in rings)
- dried prune (orange-essence)
- coconut milk
- garam masala
- curry powder
- salt + pepper (dash)
- Put vegetables in oven with a little olive oil, salt + pepper at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.
- Set rice to cook.
- Make coconut sauce by blending milk, garlic, garam marsala, curry powder, S+P in sauce pan.
- Add sauce to vegetables in the oven and cook an additional 10 minutes to absorb flavor.
: chopped almonds, scallions and a swirl of siracha (not shown).
Note: FOODalogue suggests this recipe as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with…in your own kitchen…to your own spice and taste levels…and to your preferred portion sizes.
NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!