I recently have been lacking some culinary spark. I feel like I’ve been in a culinary funk. with what I am usually cooking and baking. I sometimes get stuck in a rut cooking the same dishes over and over again.
We had dinner with our neighbors and I thought I’d surprise them with something vegan that wasn’t Italian. Indian Vegan! I hope it’s close to how it’s originally supposed to be. I know Shulie will let me know if the recipe is off.
See all those pretty spices? That’s what gives this dish it’s layers of exotic flavors. A combination I would normally never fathom adding to one dish. The dish is SPICY with a sour citrus note. I used some ground jalapenos Teresa canned when she was here this spring. I used two teaspoons and maybe should’ve used just one.
I cooked up the chick peas instead of using canned. I also used my canned tomatoes. I just pulled the basil out of it before adding it to the spices. It was wonderful with the basmati rice. I think this would be wonderful to eat with this traditional Indian bread called Roti.
slightly adapted from The Post Punk Kitchen
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cardomom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne (optional, and more or less to taste)
For everything else:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, sliced in medium pieces
2 jalapenos, deseeded and thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
3 lbs tomatoes, diced
Fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or two cans, rinsed and drained) note: 2 cups dried will
give you the right amount
1 teaspoon agave
Juice of one lime, or 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
basmati rice, cook according to directions
Preheat a large pan over medium heat. Meanwhile, mix together the spice blend in a small bowl.
When the pan is hot, sauté the onion in the coconut oil until nicely browned. While it’s sautéing you can prep the rest of the veggies.
Add the jalapeno, garlic and ginger, and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cilantro and sauté until wilted. Add the spice blend and toss to coat the onions, letting the spices toast a bit (about a minute or so).
Add the tomatoes and mix well, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze.
Add salt and pepper, chickpeas and agave. Cover the pan and bring heat up a bit. The tomatoes should take about 10 minutes to breakdown and get saucy. Remove the lid, and cook for about 20 more minutes on low heat, so that the flavors meld and the sauce thickens. It shouldn’t be too thick (like a marinara), but it shouldn’t be watery, either.
You can add a little bit of lime juice. Let sit for 10 minutes or so off the heat before serving. Serve with basmati rice. If you like cilantro, garnish the dish with some.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful beginning of your week. 🙂