Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sort-of-saag paneer with dal

These dishes are actually really easy and really tasty - and really easy to veganize! I was especially pleased with the way the saag turned out. EJ and I ate it over basmati rice with some frozen naan that we keep on hand. These recipes are modified from the Happy Herbivore blog - my all time favorite food blog. Check her out.


1 small white or yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1 tsb fresh grated ginger root
1 tbsp garam masala spice blend
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp coriander
cayenne powder, to taste
salt, pepper
3-4 cups tight packed fresh spinach
1/4 cup low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
(to veganize this, sub the above two ingredients for vegan cream cheese, vegan yogurt, or even a little soy milk).

1. Saute onion and garlic in water until the onion is translucent
2. Add all the spices, including the ginger, and saute an additional 2 minutes
3. Add spinach, saute on low until the spinach is completely wilted.
4. Add cream cheese, stirring frequently, just until the cream cheese melts.
5. Remove from heat, add cottage cheese, and pulse in a blender until spinach is chopped (just a couple of pulses - you don't want to puree it).
6. Taste it - you might want to add some garlic powder, ginger powder, or more garam masala (my favorite spice blend).



1 small white or yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp tumeric
1/4 cup water
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp garam masala
cayenne powder, to taste
1/4-1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups veg broth
1/4 cup lentils
1/4 cup raisins

1. Saute the onion and garlic in water until the onion is translucent.
2. Add spices, except garam masala, and saute for an additional 2 minutes (add more water if needed)
3. Add tomatoes (can use tomato sauce), broth, lentils, and bring to a boil. Bring heat down to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Remove cover, add raisins, and keep on low heat for an additional 3-4 minutes.
5. Serve with basmati rice and a dollop of greek yogurt!

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