Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Spicy Indonesian Stir-Fry



One of my first vegan cookbooks was Foods that Cause You to Lose Weight by Dr. Neal Barnard (mine is an older version with a different cover). At the beginning of my first voyage into veganism 10 years ago, I had a decidedly un-stocked pantry and this recipe for Spicy Indonesian Stir-Fry was my introduction to turmeric and cumin. I remember going out and buying a spice rack and individual spices just to make this dish. I'm not sure it made a great impression on me because I didn't make it again until right after the calendar turned to 2009 and I think I've discovered why.

This time around, I used brown rice spaghetti instead of udon (I just wanted to use what I had on hand), but that's not what I realized. The recipe calls for an entire teaspoon of turmeric, which makes the dish quite bitter. I'd increase the cumin and decrease the turmeric and I have a feeling that would make all the difference in the world for this healthy and otherwise delicious meal.

If you don't have this book, check it out from your local library and give it a chance. It is replete with tasty and nutritious dishes, most of which are also quick to prepare.

13 comments:

quarrygirl said...

what a great picture!!! i love cooking stuff that makes me go out and get more spices i have never heard of.

after my travel and holiday craziness, i think i could use this book for healthy eating. totally time to start cooking more at home.

Kris said...

Yes, turmeric can make it's presence known. The dish looks very tasty, though!

The Voracious Vegan said...

That picture is great! I love stir fry and this one looks beautiful.

Yes, all you need is a pinch of turmeric! It's delicious in small doses.

Mihl said...

That looks so nice! I don't know what I'd do without those spices.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Well, it *looks* delicious anyway.

¡Yo Soy Liz! said...

Oh this is really interesting...I have been making all sorts of Indian dishes over the past few months but every single time I make one it has a weird bitter taste and I couldn't figure out what spice was doing it but now I have a sneaky suspicion its the turmeric. I shall be investigating this finding this weekend :) thanks!

shellyfish said...

Quelle belle photo! C'est vrai, le curcuma peut être trop amer! Quelle bonne idée d'augmenter le cumin! Miam miam!

Ricki said...

Sounds like something I'd love. But one tsp of turmeric does seem rather a lot!

JennShaggy said...

Mmmm. I am such a noodle whore :) That looks so delicious.
Be patient, lady. Vegan pizza is on it's way!

River said...

Wow, that's a lot of turmeric! It looks really good though!

Kristen's Raw said...

I'm such a big fan of Dr. Barnard!

Cheers,
Kristen

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Girl, if you lost weight, you would disappear! A Spicy Indonesian Stir-Fry sounds might good though!

thecleanveggie said...

awesome picture!
sounds delicious :)