Category Archives: Vegan Asian Food

Vegan Idili Sambar

Idili Sambar

One of my favorite South Indian foods is idili sambar. it is considered to be a ‘complete’ protein of steamed rice and bean buns.

I made this with urad daal (like a split white lentil), basmati rice, both were a new organic brand from India.

First clean everything well, then soak over night. Then clean again and grind the beans and rice up and leave overnight to ‘ferment’.  The next day you will have a nice bubbly batter to use.

You can use the batter to steam the idili, if you don’t have an idili steamer, you can use a steamer with pyrex flat container and cut the idili in cubes, or even muffin tins if you don’t mind aluminum cook wear (I do mind, so don’t do this way). Just make sure you oil the container, which ever one you use. It you are using an idili cooker, then I dip a paper towel in the oil and spread it around.

It will take you a few tries to get it right, but eventually you may become an idili expert.

As for the sambar, it is basically a lentil (red/yellow) soup with veggies in it.  Make it how you want, but we like it spicy. In this version, I have a lot of yellow squash in the garden, so that is what ended up in the stew.

There are lots of recipes online for this.

 

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Vegan Wrap Ideas, Mushrooms and Pepper

Vegan Wrap, Mushroom Mix and Sweet Pepper

It’s not the healthiest of wraps, but it is a nice tasty treat.

This is organic gourmet blend of mushrooms (maitake, shitaki, porcini, crimini, etc.) and an organic sweet pepper I grew (California Wonder Blend)

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Vegan Okra, Bhindi Masala

Bhindi masala over brown rice

One of my favorite ways to eat okra is the Indian way, Bhindi Masala is a great dish.  If you grow your okra small, and it is fresh, you can eat it this way and cut vertically.  I grew this in our garden, so it worked out well.

 

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Eat the Rainbow! Vegan Stir-fry

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Homemade organic vegan stir-fry. Use oil or water, it will turn out just as good without oil.

This one uses, enoki, shiitake, baby portabella, and oyster mushroom, with red onion, tofu, baby  corn, bamboo shoot, red cabbage, red pepper, green beans, carrot, basil, spices of garlic, ginger, celery seed (crushed), black pepper, paprika, TJoe’s organic garlic bbq siracha sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce.

Cook the mushroom and onion first, then add tofu, 1/2 of the sauce/spice. Then put the rest of the rest of the veggies in and cook until it is cooked to your liking adding the restof the sauce in the last several minutes.

Option marinade the tofu, bamboo shoots and corn ahead of time with the sauce ingredients.

All mixed up, cooked and yum!

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Served with Curry shallot long rice pilaf. Made with curry and spices, dried shallots from last year’s homegrown garden harvest, and peas.  Picture is before fluffing to eat.

I hope you like this meal.

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Vegan Chinese food, Happy New Year!

Mapo Naperville, IL

Cold appetizers, or try them as a main dish!
Cold appetizers, or try them as a main dish!

Pickled veggie, Spicy cold noodles, vegan chicken-which is bean curd (tofu skin) wrapping bamboo and shiitake  mushrooms.

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