Friday, March 8, 2013

Dirt to Table Experience: Indian Vegetable Curry

There are days when I need to shake-up my meat and potatoes family.   I have tried with limited success to move my boys away from a meat focused diet to at least entertaining the idea that there are other delicious, more healthy options.  They entertain only the idea of indulging me, not the idea that this is a better way to eat.  So, my quest to shake up the family eating habits continue.

I offered up this gem of dish for dinner one night.  Mostly fresh vegetables from the garden simmered in a curry-scented coconut milk, and served over rice.  The dish is creamy and fragrant, and damn it was good.  My teenager, gave me the stink-eye.  My husband willingly ate it, claimed it was good and then promptly moved on.  Proof that there is still a glimmer of hope for this family.



Indian Vegetable Curry
Serves 4-5
Recipe from Fine Cooking


Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
12-oz. cauliflower florets, cut into bite-size pieces (about 3 cups)
1 large carrot, sliced 1/4-inch thick on the diagonal
1 medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. hot curry powder; such as Madras
Kosher salt
3 oz. baby spinach (about 3 lightly packed cups)
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 medium plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
In a 12-inch skillet set over medium-low heat, stir together the coconut milk, cauliflower, carrot, onion, ginger, garlic, curry powder, and 1 tsp. salt.  Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover and cook stirring often, until the cauliflower is tender when pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes. (If the pan looks dry, stir in water 1/4 cup at a time.)

Stir in the spinach, chickpeas, and tomatoes and continue to cook until the chickpeas are heated through and the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cilantro, season to taste with salt, and serve.

Enjoy!
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42 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! My sweet niece is starting a Florida (Mt. Dora) garden. She decided to leave her ENT medical practice and be a stay-at-home mom for a few years. She'll make a great gardener!!

Best,
Bonnie

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I like all the ingredients in that dish. Sounds very delicious to me.

My hubby would have a heart attack. He's a meat-a-tarian. Thinks life would end without it.

Angie's Recipes said...

This is so delicious, Velva. I need more simple and delicious meals like this.

chewingthefat said...

I LOVE Indian food but it can be so intimidating! I really want to try this--when I lived in the UK, I used to get Indian food all of the time, but despaired of ever creating it at home...

Pam said...

I try to do at least one meatless meal a week, and this looks mighty tasty.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

It can certainly be a challange feeding a family but with flavors like you have in this curry I'm sure they are happy! Lovely curry :)
Mary x

Frugal in WV said...

My oldest is pretty picky so I feel your pain :) It looks yummy, I would have eaten it!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
This looks so Yummy.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
XXOO Diane

Rebecca Subbiah said...

fun to see a curry here -)

Bill said...

This looks SO good. I love Indian flavors but I don't eat them nearly enough. I love everything in this dish and I, like your boys, need to break out of my meat centered diet! Definintely trying this one. Thanks for reminding me about this type of cuisine!

That Girl said...

My boys would LOVE this. But the little one will eat anything with garbanzo beans!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Nice to see a curry. Reminds me we haven't made a curry in much too long. Have a lovely weekend Velva.
Sam

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I think this sounds delicious! Love the coconut milk. Have you ever bought "Royal" rice? They sell it at my Costco and Safeway. An Indian friend told me it was the only thing to use in these types of dishes. I haven't bought any yet, but will next time I'm shopping. And, had to chuckle about the stink eye boys and the unenthusiastic compliment from the husband. What are we going to do with them??? :)

Chris said...

But meat good. ;)

Claudia said...

We do beef once a week - and then chicken and fish a few ties and vegetables twice a week. I will be doing this - a somewhat less spicy version for those n my care - but love the freshness and proof positive that vegetables are not boring.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful vegetarian dish, Velva! The colors and presentation are spot on. We love curries!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

YUM! I would be applauding! You will convert your family!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Your Indian veggie curry looks amazing & very appetizing too! I bet you will love my version too, dear Velva!

http://sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/sophies-easy-vegan-gluten-free-curry/

Karen Harris said...

I am quite familiar with that stink eye from my own teenage boy. Mine will eat plain Greek yogurt but won't touch a vegetable. I can't figure him out. Oh well I think I'll just leave it up to his someday wife. I love him, but I give up.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Stink eye - LOL! I'm glad my days of dealing with teenagers are over, especially hormonal girl teenagers at that. Even with their mood swings, I have to admit that they wanted to eat healthy so I had no problem in that department at least :)

This sounds DEElicious, Velva!

teresa said...

mmm, i love a beautiful, fragrant curry, this looks awesome!

ChatterBlossom said...

This sounds really delicious! I love coconut milk and chickpeas especially!
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Beth said...

Every journey beings with a small step ...
My family isn't big on curry, but I've had pretty good success with many other things!

Michelle said...

This looks wonderful to me, and glad to hear that someone else gets the, "stink eye", at meal time :)

Elisabeth said...

Wow, Velva...I'm so impressed with all your delicious homegrown veggies, and the combination of the amazing curry, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and especially the chick peas which I love to combine in so many different dishes. Colorful, and soooo inviting!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love your dirt to table choice, Velva. Your family is very blessed to have such a creative, commited mother/wife! This sounds delicious. blessings ~ tanna

Joanne said...

I love this super veggieful dish! even more so because so much of it came from your garden!

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks like an awesome way to enjoy a dinner full of vegetables!! Love that they came from your own hard work, too :)

Sues

Hungry Dog said...

I think this sounds/looks great! We are always trying to eat more vegetables (though without giving meat)...and a new veggie recipe is always welcome.

Mary said...

What a lovely curry. The colors are bright enough to light an Oregon sky. This really sounds delicious. I hope your week is off to a good start. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Kitchen Belleicious said...

look at that beautiful curry color shining through those veggies. It looks delicious

joumana Accad said...

My mouth was watering at the idea of a curry of veggies in front of me; I just don't get that excited about a piece of meat, lately even turned off- but hey, at least one person tried! Looks so good!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela receita...Espectacular....
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Blond Duck said...

I've always wanted to try an Indian curry! If I sub broccali for cauliflower, I don't have to go to the store!

Carol said...

Looks delicious! Good for you for shaking things up at dinner time. Have to say, lol, I'd get the stink eye, too!

Carol said...
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Carol said...

Not sure why it came up twice?

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

YUM, boy does that ever look tasty - perfect for all the meatless Lenten Fridays - thank you for the recipe and for your visit today.

Erica said...

Wonderful meatless dish,Velva!I love Indian flavors!

Dining Alone said...

My husband would never even try this, so you have much more hope than me. I think it looks delicious.

Lori said...

Ha, ha! You remind me that I completely under appreciate what an adventurous eater my husband is. We enjoy meat-ful and meatless meals equally. I will say I'm a sucker for coconut milk, especially curry. This looks delicious!

sunday said...

looks so delicious and healthy

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