Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Own Private India Menu

From the "Menus for the Masses" section of Veganomicon, I traded a few of the meal items with another Indian feast called "Lazy Indian Gourmet." I love this section of the cookbook because it maps out a perfectly balanced meal for me to follow, all within a common theme.

The meal consisted of the following: Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes, Cornmeal-Masala Roasted Cauliflower, Curried Tofu, Rice, Roasted Yellow Pepper and Corn Bisque, and Vanilla-Yogurt Pound Cake with berries and soy ice cream for dessert.

Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes
We spent last weekend in Frankfurt, Germany with friends and Julia made this one night with dinner. Her recipe is almost identical to the one in Veganomicon. Onion, garlic, and ginger are sauteed in vegetable oil. A very large portion of spinach is added to the mixture (around 6 cups) along with diced tomatoes. This is all cooked down for as long as possible and splashed with lemon juice before serving.

Cornmeal-Masala Roasted Cauliflower
My beloved Brussels Sprouts are out of season so I substituted Cauliflower in this recipe and was not disappointed! It is a breading mixture of cornmeal, chickpea flour, garam masala, and other spices all coating the cauliflower and baked to crispy deliciousness.

Curried Tofu
Pressed, marinated, and baked, this tofu had a really nice flavor. But some credit has to be given to the fact that I bought the tofu fresh from the Asian market. I am not sure I could ever go back to pre-packaged tofu again!

I really like this rice recipe. It seems to come out just right each time and has just enough flavor but not too much to take away from whatever it is served with.

Roasted Yellow Pepper and Corn Bisque
This soup has a bit of a bite but the combo of the spice along with coconut milk, lime, roasted veggies, corn, garlic, and nutmeg along with everything else make it great! It makes a huge batch and fortunately leftovers taste just as good.

Vanilla-Yogurt Pound Cake
The above link to the recipe is slightly different than in Veganomicon. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup Vanilla Soy Yogurt but this blogger substituted vegan Sour Cream. Also, the original recipe calls for 2 cups all-purpose flour, no whole wheat. This cake is heavy but if I remember correctly, pound cake is supposed to be! The vanilla soy yogurt and the citrus extracts gave it so much flavor. It went really well with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (sprinkled with sugar to bring out the juices in the fruit) and Soy Ice Cream.

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