Tonight I had a warming curry medley which integrated the inspiring colors of spring, but was grounded in the reality that it is still somewhat cold outside!
Here is the recipe for Warming Curry Medley (see picture to the left):
For the beans - 1 cup white beans, soaked for 4 - 6 hours, rinsed, brought to boil, and simmered for 45 - 60 minutes
For the rice - 1 cup long grain brown rice (brown basmati rice would also be fine), 2 cups water, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 4 garlic cloves, minced, 1 cup carrots, diced, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp red chili flakes, 1 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tomato, chopped, 2 cups water, 1/2 cup peas (I used frozen peas because I didn't have fresh peas at this time of year!), 1/4 cup cashews, chopped, 1 green onion, chopped
Place brown rice in pot, bring to boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Place olive oil in an additional pot over low heat, add cumin and mustard seeds, cover and allow mustard seeds to pop for 1 minute. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add carrots, turmeric, red chili flakes, curry powder, and sea salt and saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes. Remove rice from heat, add to mixture, add additional 2 cups water, bring to boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in peas and cashews and simmer for another 2- 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in green onion.
For the stir fry - 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 medium onion, chopped, 4 garlic cloves, minced, 1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated, 1 cup mushrooms (I used a combination of portobello and white button mushrooms), chopped, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp sea salt, 2 cups zucchini, chopped, 2 cups cauliflower, chopped, 2 cups black kale, chopped
Place olive oil in large pan over low heat. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and saute for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes. Add turmeric, curry powder, cumin, and sea salt and saute for 1 minute. Add zucchini and saute for 3 minutes. Add cauliflower and saute for 2 minutes. Add black kale and saute for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Combine all 3 dishes together and serve.
Once this meal was dished up, it was seasoned with sea salt and flax oil and was a delicious cooler Monday meal.