Sunday, July 31, 2005

Dinner 7/31

(seitan, onion, cumin, corriander, turmeric, chile powder, red pepper flakes, coconut milk*)

Keralan Stir-Fried Beets w/ Coconut
(from Maya Kaimal's wonderful book "Savoring the Spice Coast of India" -- recipe below)

Basmati Rice

Boiled Potatoes with Mint and Jalapeno


* it's supposed to be yogurt, but we didn't have any on hand -- however we did have some leftover coconut milk from the eggplant dish last night ;)

Keralan Stir-Fried Beets w/ Coconut


1 cup finely grated dried unsweetened coconut
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 serrano or Thai chile, cut in half lengthwise
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 whole dried red chiles
10 curry leaves or 2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon long-grain rice
4 large beets (about 2 pounds), peeled and coarsely grated

In a small bowl, combine the coconut, garlic, serrano chile, salt, cumin, cayenne and turmeric with the water. Set aside.

In a large wok, warm the oil over moderately high heat. Add the mustard seeds, dried red chiles and curry leaves and cover. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the rice and stir until the rice just turns opaque, about 5 seconds. Add the beets and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until barely softened. Add the coconut mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beets are just tender, about 5 minutes. Serve at once.

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