Indian Dinner: Coconut Vegetables

This dish was the one I was responsible for, and, as usual, I made a ton of it. We ended up eating this for lunch for a week and sharing some with my parents. Luckily for us, it was really good!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 carrots
  • a bunch of yellow or green beans
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Chop the broccoli, carrots, beans and potatoes to bite-size pieces.
  2. In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the vegetables and bring down to medium heat. Let simmer until the vegetables are cooked.
  3. Add the coconut milk and salt, and stir. Let simmer gently.
  4. In a small sauce pan, add the oil on low heat. Add the minced garlic and stir well until it begins to brown. Add the the coriander and turmeric and mix well.
  5. Add the spice mix to the vegetables and give it a quick stir.

As you can see this recipe is very easy and can be adapted to fit what vegetables are available in your kitchen. The coconut milk adds so much richness and creaminess to the mix and goes perfectly well with the potatoes.

Don’t skip the different sauce pan for the spices as this really gives out a strong and clear flavour to the entire dish. If you were to just dump the spices into the mix, the taste would be milder, but really, that would be a shame!

Let me know if you try this out!

Iron Fish’s Apple Sauce

Since my last post, I have been very impatient and excited to try my Lucky Iron Fish. I had been thinking about what recipe I would cook with it first. Originally, my plan was to try it out in vegetable soup, but as we are getting tired of soups, I crossed it out. Then I thought of incorporating it to cooking water for pastas. However, after some thought, I’m not sure this is the most efficient way to use it as most of the water is thrown away.

Comforting apple sauce for a long correction filled evening...

Comforting apple sauce for a long correction filled evening…

As I was pondering all this, I noticed that we only had access to three of our kitchen chairs because the fourth one was occupied by our remaining apples from a really nice apple picking outing and a bag of oranges. And there you go!

Apple sauce it is!

Here is what you will need:

  • 20 apples (I used medium sized McIntosh and Cortland apples)
  • 1 liter of water
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground coriander seeds

Here is what you will do:

  1. Peel, core and roughly chop your apples and put them aside.
  2. Clean your iron fish.
  3. Place the water in a big pot and add your lucky iron fish.
  4. Add the lemon juice.
  5. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Using thongs, remove the iron fish and BE CAREFUL: this little guy is hot hot hot!
  7. Add the apples and put the heat to medium-high.
  8. Let reduce for around 15 minutes.
  9. Mix: the apples should start to break down as you are stirring.
  10. Add the spices and maple syrup and mix well.
  11. Let cook for another 30 minutes, or until the apples have completely broke down and you like the texture.

Now, the important information: Does it taste any different than iron-fish-free apple sauce? Well, the honest answer is yes. Especially while cooking this, I felt like the metallic taste was a little bit overwhelming. However, after adding the spices (especially the cinnamon) this robotic taste disappears and becomes an after taste.

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I really like the way maple syrup gives recipes a nice glossy look. What do you think?

Is this really an issue? For me, not really. Now, if I were to serve this apple sauce to the Queen of England, or any member of Downton Abbey, yes probably. But since I’m not waiting for any one royal any time soon, it’s not really an issue here.

Coriander really gives this apple sauce a special flavour that is quite refreshing.

Coriander really gives this apple sauce a special flavour that is quite refreshing.

I’m really curious to see how the iron fish does in other dishes and what spices help cover up the taste better. I’ll keep you posted, and share your thoughts in the comments!