Posts Tagged ‘Indian Cuisine’

Last night I made my second attempt at preparing an Indian dish. And this one? Absolutely delicious! Aloo Gobi – cauliflower and potatoes cooked in a wonderful mixture of spices. Turmeric, garlic, mustard powder, garam masala, ginger, and more. Had to change the recipe a bit because I truly wanted to try this dish but didn’t have fresh ginger (only had ginger powder), so I couldn’t make the garlic/ginger paste, and the recipe calls for mustard seed and I used dried mustard, and etc.). The color was a little off, so there is no picture. But the flavor was magnificent and I will try to improve next time!

No naan or any other flat bread in the house, so I substituted for that as well.

I like to “visit India” now and then, and I’m learning to enjoy the food. It is so very different from the foods I grew up with and it is taking some time, but there are so many vegetables used in Indian cuisine. And so many friends that love to eat really good Indian food and I want to be able to join them for such a meal.

But today I settled back down to my little apartment in Annapolis and enjoyed a meal from my Southern roots! Sweet potato, turnips, and green beans. With vegan cornbread on the side. Delicious! And that is Earth Balance Original buttery spread melting on the cornbread and sweet potato.


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Oh my goodness! I had no idea it has been SO long since I last posted here. Probably because I am working toward the “whole food vegan” thing, and I always talk about the food I enjoy. What if I do not succeed? It’s rather embarrassing to talk for several months about the progress I make, then I fall off the wagon and end up with a mouth full of hotdog and chili!

Anyway, after watching Forks over Knives (see January 16, 2012 posting), I’ve been focusing on vegan and whole foods eating. When I stray to an animal product, such as milk or cheese, I do not berate myself for long. Even though I believe I’d be better off with NO such food, I will not give up on the success I have made because I have 1/2 Cup of Half & Half and 2 Cups of skim milk in a week. And sometimes on Tuesday nights when I work and plan a small supper, 1 oz. of cheese is usually involved.

That confession made, I will focus on making sure there are NO other animal products, and eventually I may eliminate the foods mentioned in the previous paragraph.

But right now, I’ll share a few pictures and tell you about my new attempts at Indian food.

Twice I have been to a new Indian Restaurant in Annapolis, Basmati Indian Cuisine. On my first visit I tried their mutter paneer, a dish I discovered during my Chapel Hill days. And yes, there is cheese. But this meal took place several weeks ago when I was still eating a little more cheese. And it was truly some of the best mutter paneer ever! [I’ve since found a recipe for substituting small pieces of firm tofu for the paneer. Will try that soon.]

This past weekend I went back to this same restaurant and tried their biryani with vegetables. Oh my! My new favorite. Perfectly prepared basmati rice, bite-size pieces of white potato, carrots, and green peas. Add a side of naan and the best onion/tomato curry ever – and I smiled until I could eat no more. Extra treat? There was enough left over for three more meals; I’ve eaten two and froze the rest for one more treat.

Today I am going out to lunch, and since this restaurant is not very veggie friendly, I will stick to the salad bar. They have fresh veggies there and two oil/vinegar dressings. Supper at work will consist of Triscuits, 1 oz. cheddar, dill pickles, celery and peanut butter, and fresh fruit. Already prepared and easy to eat while I read a bit.

Here are a variety of pictures I want to share today:

My cat Kimba, enjoying a few moments on our balcony in the early morning.

An appetizer I shared with the hubby and our daughter in Charlotte, NC a few weeks ago. Delicious food at a Vietnamese restaurant, Phở Real. I ate the two veggie spring rolls – oh yum!

Tofu and veggies in a brown sauce with a hint of peanuts. Scrumptious!

Brent and Hannah each had chicken phở. If I remember correctly, they ate it all!

Soon after the Vietnamese meal while still trying to back away from fish, I prepared a lovely spinach salad. Topped with fresh fruit, candied pecans, and salmon I first marinated in a soy sauce/turbinado sugar/ginger mixture before “grilling” on top of the stove.

This morning’s breakfast? Ezekial bread, peanut butter, and fresh fruit. And yes, there is half & half in that cup of coffee! sigh……

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