indian spiced

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

vegetarian goodness

indian spiced vegetables

1 head of cauliflower broken into small florets
1 can of chick peas (drained well)
2 large onions thinly sliced
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 cup (or more) fresh or frozen green peas
2 large garlic cloves minced finely
1 2 inch knob of fresh ginger grated
1 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 tbsps madras curry paste
vegetable oil
2-3 green onions sliced diagonally
fresh cilantro & chopped chives

In my ongoing efforts to not be eating cake and ice cream and cheetos cheesies all the time I enjoy spending time on the weekends preparing big vats of healthy food so that I'll have no excuses when sudden hunger strikes that girl who works at the teak topped desk. I love all vegetables and a particular favourite of mine is cauliflower. Which by the way practically turns to candy if you roast in a hot oven (say 400-425 degrees) tossed with a little oil, and lots of grated fresh ginger, finely minced garlic and a sprinkling of salt. Roast it until it begins to caramelize and the edges begin to turn golden and browned (about 10 mins - stirring occasionally). It shrinks considerably so be sure a use whole large head of cauliflower.

And that's how this recipe begins. In another pan, again with some vegetable oil add the 2 large thinly sliced onions and a good heaping tsp of cumin seeds. On medium heat saute onions and cumin until the onions also become beautifully caramelized and browned. Remove onions to a large bowl along with the ginger/garlic roasted cauliflower. Add a little more oil to the pan and add 2 cups fresh or frozen corn and cook until corn begins to be toasted and a bit charred around the edges. Add the corn to the vegetable mix, a can of well drained chick peas and a cup (or more) of frozen green peas* (thawed - no need to cook). To this add 1-2 tbsps of your favourite curry paste. I used Pataks. Garnish with lots of thinly sliced green onions, chives and fresh cilantro (if you have it). Can be eaten at room temperature or heated. It's delicious and tres healthy. Roasted sweet or white potato chunks would also be a great addition - it's a recipe that can be played around with depending on the vegetables you have on hand

Blue Skies on a grey and rainy day - perfect. I'm off with my drawing supplies to keep house at Harry's little gift and home decor store today. I have lots of new thumbnails to finish up and they're coming along swimmingly. Hooray. Good sigh.

* you may notice I add frozen peas to almost everything I'm a bit of a pea freak - and have been since childhood.


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious. Also, I love that you describe yourself as a "pea freak"!

  2. Yummy! Sham wasn't kiddin' when she said you could have your own foodie blog. Wonderful food and photos here!:)

  3. well the peas are essential for the color! and for your candy. i love indian food. i also love the tiny indian waiters at himalayas, my fave restaurant

  4. Oh, yummers! Glorious piccies, too.

  5. It looks so good.

  6. Hmmmmm peas. I bet it smelled heavenly too.

  7. Mmmmm...that looks yummy!! Hey have fun at Harry's little gift and home decor store! Have a beautiful day! =)

  8. This looks good! Although, I can't share your love of cauliflower. The stubborn little girl that still remains in me still thinks they look like brains.

    And cheetoes. I realize there is probably no "food" whatsoever in those things, but they sure are fun to eat sometimes.

  9. Good lord Susan, I'm starving now! That really sounds yummy!

  10. I'm with you about the cake and ice cream...or at least the ice cream part---and cauliflower is a good substitute...I know that sounds strange, Susan, but I love Indian spiced food, too. I think I will try this "pea freak"!! :-) (I have never heard anyone say that they were a pea's makes me smile.) Thank you visiting OWL blog and -give a cuddle and pat to les gang.

  11. the photos alone make it lok incredible and, as it is, I so love Indian type fair anyway.

    "preparing big vats of healthy food so that I'll have no excuses when sudden hunger strikes "
    --When will I ever do that? That is by far the best way to prepare food. In the end one spends a lot less time too.

  12. Yum. I love caulifower too. Sometimes do it up like mashed potatoes!


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