Wednesday, February 11, 2009

vegetable korma & onion parathas

there are two things we love most about indian yummies: they're most delicious & inexpensive to make. superdoublew00t! a few weeks ago a i had dinner with a friend at a local indian restaurant and i made note to try making some vegetable korma for dan & i to enjoy. dan's not the biggest fan of what i call "spice overload" (large amounts of strong spices) - so when we make indian yummies at home we'll tone them down a bit so he can enjoy them, too (if you want more spice feel free to add a littl more). last night's dinner was wonderful! the spices mingled together so well - creating a rock'n coconutty-spicy-yumminess that we loved! here's what we did for our vegetable korma goodness...

vegetable korma

2 small russet potatoes, diced (we leave the skins on)
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup green peas (we used frozen)
2 large carrots, peeled & sliced thin coins
1" piece of ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, crush & minced
1/2 tsp chili paste (optional. you can use sriracha if you like.)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt (use less if you like)
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 small chili pepper, minced (we had 1/2 an anaheim pepper on hand)
2 tbsp raw cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup veggie broth
2 tsp peanut oil
(feel free to switch up & add any veggies you love the most: green beans, cabbage, cauliflower, okra, spinach, peppers, etc.)

what you'll need:
- large skillet (we used our cast iron skillet!)
- food processor
- medium sized pot

what'cha gotta do:
add diced potato to pot & cover with water. bring to a boil & cook potato until they start to become tender. add in green peas and boil for another 2 minutes. drain off water & set aside. heat large dry (no oil) skillet on medium heat. add in spices (including sea salt) and toast until they become very fragrant. remove spices from skillet & set aside. place cashews in your food processor, grind into a fine powder, and set aside. return skillet to stove top & heat peanut oil on medium-high heat. saute the onion, ginger, garlic, & chili pepper until the onion softens. transfer to food processor, add 1/4 cup water & pulse into a paste. set aside. return skillet to stove & reduce heat to medium. saute the carrots until tender, then add cooked potato, peas, ground cashews, & the spices. cook for 3 minutes then add in tomatoes & pulsed onion paste. saute for another 5 minutes. add coconut milk & veggie broth; simmer for 5 minutes & enjoy! we served our korma over brown rice and with onion parathas. sooooo delicious! (this recipe makes for 2 large or 4 small servings)


onion parathas

ingredients for the dough:
2 cups whole wheat flour (+ additional flour for dusting the parathas)
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil

ingredients for the filling:
1 large yellow onion, very finely chopped
pinch of turmeric, garam masala, chili powder, and cumin
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt

what you'll need:
- large skillet
- large mixing bowl
- rolling pin (or tall kitchen glass)
- olive oil cooking spray

what'cha gotta do:
combine the ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl to form a dough. knead on a floured counter top for about 5 minutes - or until the dough is smoooooth & elastic. divide into 8 balls, cover with a damp kitchen towel and let them rest for 30 minutes. while you dough is resting you can make the filling: heat 2 tsp olive oil in the large skillet on medium-high heat. add onion & sea salt - saute until the onions begin to brown. reduce heat to low, add in spices & cook for another 2 minutes. remove from heat & allow to cool until your dough is all rested.

roll out a piece of dough to about 4" in diameter on your floured counter top. place a spoonful of the onion filling in the center and bring up the edges around the filling (some of the edges are going to overlap so that you can create a good seal) & seal the edges well. gently flatten the stuffed ball o' dough out with your hands (just a bit) - then add a pinch or two of flour to the top of the slightly flattened ball. very gently roll the dough out so you get a circle about 4" in diameter (our first two parathas we rolled too hard & some of the onion stuffing squeezed out - so go slow & roll 'em out gently!). heat a little olive oil cooking spray in the large skillet on medium heat. cook paratha until brown on the bottom - then flip & cook until browned on both sides. remove from heat & repeat with the remaining dough. enjoy! (this recipe makes for 8 small parathas)

p.s. - tomorrow we're going to try plain triangle parathas! mmmmmmm!


Jes said...

Indian is my favorite cuisine! Your parathas look to die for! My high school boyfriend was south Indian and his mother used to ply me with food every time I came over. I never knew exactly what I was eating, but it was soo good!

Lauren said...

Wow, that food looks amazing! I've never made Indian food but I get it at the salad bar at Whole Foods once in a while. Your post is making me want to jump in the computer and grab some! Hehe!

veggievixen said...

ooh...i love indian food, and curry w/ coconut milk has to be one of my favorite dishes of all time. i've never actually used garam masala, but i'll have to look for it next time i go shopping. and the parathas look yummy...are they kind of like naan?

Mihl said...

Jessy, when is YOUR cookbook coming out? It's amazing with waht fantastic stuff you come up every single day.

allularpunk said...

this looks amazing! i have to say, one of the things i miss most from my vegetarian days is being able to get veggie korma (and the other veggie, but dairy-laden dishes) from our indian restaurant! we can only eat like 4 things there now (which is still more than most places here, so i'm not complaining!). i've never found a korma recipe that has satisfied that creaminess factor, so i'm definitely going to have to give yours a try! and those parathas! you are an ambitious one, jessy. they look wonderful!

Bianca said...

I wish I could come over on Indian food night at your house! I LOVE Indian's the reason I went veg 14 years ago. And those parathas!!! Oh My!

T said...

Thats why i like indian food too- a ton of spices, but few and cheap essentials. This looks so yummy and the parathas really kick it up a notch!

¡Yo Soy Liz! said...

Korma was my absolute fave dish before going vegan and Ive found a good vegan version in only a handful of places, so I'm gonna have to try this one out!

Kiersten said...

I have been obsessed with Indian food lately. It's so simple but so delicious.

...barbara... said...

i am so hungry and am crying for one of those onion parathas....
*audible belly grumble*

Cynthia said...

You are so bad ass making your own parathas! Those look super delicious and I definitely need to try to make some one day. I used up the last of my garam masala yesterday, now I need to hunt down some more . . .

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

i've never made vegetable korma! All those spices sound delicious, lots of our favorites!

dietdessertndogs said...

I love, love, LOVE Indian food, and both of these dishes sound spectacular! After learning to make savory pancakes, I'm sure I'd enjoy these parathas, too.

aTxVegn said...

These recipes are awesome! The parathas look like so much fun to make.

Mike K said...

Clearly, I don't cook Indian food often enough - these both look great! The onion parathas sound especially delicious.

jodye said...

Ooh indian food! I've been meaning to make some of that lately, yours looks absolutely amazing and has just given me some much needed inspiration!

River said...

Wow, Jessy! I need to get more acquainted with Indian food! The parathas looks so yummy! How do you keep coming up with such awesome meals?

Vegetation said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Indian food (but I have to make it myself because of being a super chili wimp :P I do like spice overload though!). I've bookmarked this one to try! YUM!

Georgia said...

oh wow - I love your naan - I am defiantly going to try these onion parathas and with the korma - will give you a shout out on my blog when I do.

Annie said...

That looks delicious!
Hey! I tried your pizza dough recipe yesterday, it was very delicious!!! chewy but not to was just perfect :) thank you so much for sharing.

mountainannie said...

This was so freaking good when I made it the other day. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes.

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