Hi, I'm Sam.
Today is the one month anniversary of me becoming vegan. I've loved all thirty days, and am sure I want to keep going. It's really made me start cooking for myself, which is a great thing. I love all the other aspects as well, but thats not why I'm posting. Soooo ...
The other day I bought some pre-marinaded tofu, and decided I wanted to make stir-fry with it, but not just the typical. I looked through the index & recipes, but didn't really find anything (maybe i'm just blind) If anyone could help me out I would definitely appreciate it. I'm not really looking for anything in particular. Thanks!
This weekend we are going to a family "clambake" so I will need to be armed with some delicious vegan food for myself and my significant other. I want to take something everyone can eat, but that is not overtly vegetarian (these people are not only neophobes, but also scared of anything that is proclaimed to be veggie). I am trying to think of some kind of "comfort" food, something familiar and not noticably missing animal products, something non-threatening.
(X-posted to all my veggie communities-sorry if you get multiple copies)
mmm dal is ever so tasty and cheap!
225g yellow lentils
1.35 litres water
4tbsp veg oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
5 curry leaves
1 handful fresh chopped coriander
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp salt
wash the lentils twice, then put in a pot with half the water and bring to the boil. simmer uncovered for 25 min - you'll need to stir every now and again so it doesn't stick to the pot
add the rest of water and cook for 20 min. remove from heat and blend til smooth.
in a saucepan, heat the oil and put in mustard seeds. when they pop, add the garlic, curry leaves, coriander, tumeric and garam masala. then add this to the blended lentils with the salt and cook 2 mins to amalgamate the flavours. serve pipin' hot - mmm!
okay, i have a gigantic bag of garam masala and now live in a small apartment for college with three other people. meaning i have a small kitchen and very little storage space and money. but i LOVE indian food and am not very experienced with making it. i want to put this huge bag of spices to use, but it needs to be relatively easy and involve ingredients found at regular grocery stores. there is a whole foods down the road, but i can't afford their amazingness at the moment. i'm mostly looking for stuff that involves canned beans and such and dry lentils and all that. i saw the recipe for dal a few posts below, but ive never even heard of black mustard seeds and i doubt i'd find curry leaves anywhere. basically, i'm just sick of buying fresh ingredients and only using a little bit of it for a recipe and letting the rest rot in the fridge.
so anyway, please give me some easy and cheap indian recipes, or some modifications you've used that work well. PLEASE!
ps. i should also add that i have virtually every appliance available as well. so that is not a problem.
i found this in the vegetarian family cookbook, that has vegan options of all meals. it's a pretty good book. there's a chapter on school lunches and whatnot, and i found this in here.
1/2 lb tofu
1 (8 oz) can unsweetened crushed pineapple
2 tbsp raisins
1/2 cup vegenaise
1-2 tsp curry powder
pita breads, wraps or whatever
1. i'm not sure why you have to do this step, it made the tofu kinda mushy, but i guess if you don't use extra firm you can skip it. anyway, you take the block of tofu and put it in simmering water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. fish it out of the water, cool and dice.
2. mix vegenaise and curry. drain the pineapple and throw that in there. mix very well. add raisins.
3. add the tofu. mix until it's all evenly coated. put in a pita bread or wrap. we didn't have pita breads, so we used this flat bread type thing, but i'd say that it's better with pita breads as it gets kinda messy.
and oh, if you're gonna bring it with you, don't put it in the bread until you're about to eat it, it gets soggy. believe me. but it's yummy. and a little weird. but good.
edit: typos fixed! i of course meant pineapple and not ananas, and curry was supposed to be curry powder.
i have eggroll wraps.... but no cabbage.
anyone have any neat ideas i could do with them?
also.... i may have burnt my boyfriend's esophagus with my super spicy tofu curry. :-( anything moderately spicy hurts him now... and indigestion too. i feel so bad. i am a bad girlfriend. does anyone have any idea what i can make for the next couple weeks that are not spicy (but still flavorful) that won't hurt him, and would allow him to heal?
or even if you know of anything he can do to help him heal? thanks guys.
Healthy ramen noodles? Can it be purchased or created in my kitchen? I want a tasty Asian noodle soup, without the hydrogenated oil and badness in the 10-cents-per-package ramen.
I have a truckload of rice here..is it possible to make this?
Does anyone have any good recipes that are made JUST from fruits and/or vegetables? With no added oil, grains, legumes, anything like that.
Spices, herbs, vinegar, soy sauce, they're all okay.