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.