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Old 02-12-2019, 06:22 PM   #11
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Cookieee, The green cardamom, and the seeds from inside them, seem to have a perfumey aroma, sort of like a mix of citrus peels, and some other aroma mixed in. I use the black cardamom more, and when a recipe calls for just the seeds inside the pods, I save those black shells, to use in those lentils, and things like that. I put things like that in one of those wire things for holding loose tea in, to brew it - I use them more for this than brewing tea!
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:24 PM   #12
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Many of the Indian meals I make are meatless, and I go meatless many days at a time in the summer, when I harvest all those vegetables.

Last night I threw together that Indian soup like dish, that took very little work time, except peeling, seeding, and dicing the small butternut.
I had an Indian food craving, and wanted to use the butternut, and had a half cup of leftover coconut milk I needed to use, some cooked brown basmati rice I used a cup of, and this is what I came up with:

1/2 c each toor and channa dal, rinsed, and
picked over
5 c water
1/2 c coconut milk
1 tb amchur powder (I added more later)
2 tb rassam powder
3/4 tsp turmeric
4 cups butternut, in 1/2" cubes
1 c cooked brown basmati rice
Salt, about 2 tsp to start

Tadka:
2 tb coconut oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp asafoetida
12 curry leaves

Combine the two dal, water, amchur, rassam, turmeric, and salt in about a 3 qt saucepan; bring to a simmer, and cook 15 min. Add squash, coconut milk, and the rice, and simmer until the squash becomes soft. If the soup gets too thick, add a little more water.

Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds, and cover pan until the mustard stops popping. Uncover, add asafoetida and curry leaves, stir briefly, then add this to the soup. Simmer another 5 min or so, adding a little more amchur (this is the sour component of
the flavor - usually tamarind in this, but I was
lazy last night!), if necessary, as well as salt, to taste.


Very good leftover - had again for lunch today! And several more to go.


Looks good, and I also happen to have all the ingredients in the house. Probably whip it up for lunch tomorrow .
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:45 AM   #13
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Vegetarian Chili (serves 8)

3 TB extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
Kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 TB chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup lager
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can pink beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, peppers and 1/2 tsp salt and cook, stirring, until just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili power, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and a few grinds of pepper.

Add the lager and simmer until mostly reduced, about 1 minute. Add 2 1/2 cups water and the tomatoes. Stir in the black beans and pink beans. Bring to a simmer and cook, adjusting the heat as needed and stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir in the cilantro.

Garden White Bean: Make Vegetarian Chili, adding 2 chopped zucchini and 3 thyme sprigs with the spices; omit the cinnamon. Replace the lager with tomato juice and the black and pink beans with 2 cans cannellini beans.

There are 9 other variations listed. Recipes upon request

Source: Food Network mag. March 2019
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A favorite meatless chili of mine I got the recipe for from Todd English's The Olives Table. It has lentils, chick peas, three kinds of chilis, along with bulgur and barley - grains and legumes together in vegetarian dishes help to get all of the essential amino acids in the diet. It was also served with a raita - not traditional with Mexican type dishes, but really good with it.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:20 PM   #15
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This fit in here, since it was meatless, though, as is often the case, I was not really thinking of doing that - it just happened!

Tonight was a soup night, and I made a batch of soup based on Caponata, since I was trying to think of something to make with some of that dehydrated eggplant, and that is a favorite eggplant dish of mine. The eggplant is sort of ugly, when rehydrated, but the flavor turned out good, and in something like this, you can't really see the eggplant very much.

First I made the tomato base in the IP. I cooked a couple of diced onions in some olive oil, then added the garlic, and cooked a minute, then added the can of crushed tomatoes, some thyme, and about a can of water, plus about 1/3 c of black and green olives, coarsely chopped, and 1/3 c salted capers, soaked, dried, and coarsely chopped, and 1/3 c soaked raisins (all classic caponata ingredients). I also added some cooked black chick peas, since I had some left in the fridge to use up, and added a half cup of black quinoa, to thicken the liquid some, and some fresh bay leaves. I let that simmer about 35 min., while cooking the remaining veggies.

The eggplant was rehydrated overnight, and I dried it out some, then sautéed it in some olive oil for about 10 min, and removed to a plate. Then I sautéed the cut up red bell peppers for about 6 or 7 min, and added these to the plate. Then I sautéed the celery chunks for about 5 min., and added this to the plate.

When the tomato base was ready, and the quinoa was thickening it, I added the veggies to the tomato base. I let that simmer for about 7 or 8 more minutes, then added some red wine vinegar - stirring and tasting, until I had just enough to give it that caponata flavor. Turned out great!
Caponata based soup by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Finished dish:
Caponata soup by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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