This is an intriguing twist on a classic, Indian spices combined with Mediterrran flavors. A mini food processor works really well for chopping the garlic, chile, and ginger root. Serve on rice or orzo or accompanied by a crusty loaf of bread. Adapted from Moosewood Restaraunt New Classics cookbook. Enjoy!
- 2 cups diced onions
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 fresh chili pepper, minced,seeded for a milder hot
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch of crumbled saffron (optional)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 5 cups cubed eggplants, 1 inch cubes
- 4 cups cubed zucchini or 4 cups yellow squash or 4 cups pattypan squash
- 1 1⁄2 cups diced bell peppers
- 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes or 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes, undrained
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
- In a stew pot, saute the onions in the oil on medium heat until translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, chile, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and saffron and saute for a minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the orange juice and eggplant, toss to coat with the spices, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the eggplant is barely tender.
- Add the squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil.
- Cover and continue to simmer about 15 minutes, until all of the vegetables are tender.
- Add a little more orange juice or water if necessary to prevent sticking.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
- If you like, add a dollop of plain yogurt to each serving and top with fresh basil and a few toasted almonds or pistachios.
I've not made this recipe but I can tell I'm going to .. . There is extremely little Alzheimer's in India and research is showing turmeric (curcumin)to be the "cause". Research is also showing the plaques in alzheimer's to "possibly begin to disintegrate" when mice are given turmeric . .something to keep in mind. Also, if you are serving this over brown rice, try adding some hulled (or pearled if you prefer)barley to the rice - cook 5-10 minutes first then add the brown rice to the water. Barley has the lowest glycemic index scale of all the grains - about a 23, brown rice is about a 50 or so. If you add chicken stock and/or spices to the rice you can ramp up the flavor of the dish even more. Sometime, try adding red pepper flakes to your rice directly (if you're a "spicey" person)as it cooks. Good health as well as good eats!
Fabulous recipe - a new favorite. It went together fast and easy, and then I let it sit on the (turned off) warm burner while we went out for a walk. When we got back the house smelled delicious, and we weren't disappointed when we dug in. I omitted the salt & oil, used a little extra ginger, and added 1 c. cooked chickpeas. DH had his over baked sweet potato, and I had mine over cooked kale. We were both happy and are eagerly awaiting leftover night. Thanks for the great recipe!
This was very good!!! The aroma while cooking - WOW! We loved this as our weekly meatless meal, served over white rice. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for posting another great recipe, Sharon!