Beans and legumes make for some of the most delicious and economical dinner options for all diners, from vegans to meat lovers. A range of pantry spices generously imbue this protein-, fibre-, and iron-loaded Indian stew with flavour. Brightened with fresh cilantro, it’s a thrifty dinner that tastes like a million bucks.
Build a budget-friendly Indian banquet by stirring unsweetened shredded coconut into brown rice, adding diced cucumber to plain yogurt, and purchasing mango chutney. Serve these alongside the masala for a takeout fake-out.
In large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion, garlic, curry powder, garam masala, and salt. Sauteu0301 for 8 minutes, until vegetables are softened. Stir in coconut milk, tomatoes, water, chickpeas, and red lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes, until lentils are soft.
Immediately before serving, stir in lemon or lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.