Curried Coconut Veggies
This is a plant-based variation on a dish from a Singapore cookbook. The combination of coconut and curry spices gives the vegetables an exotic twist.
1 T oil
1 tsp mustard seed
1/2 onion, diced
1-1 1/2 lbs chopped vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, peas, carrots, potatoes, beans, corn)
1-2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup water
3/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup tofu sour cream or tofu cream cheese, coconut milk, or non-dairy yogurt - or a combination of all*
1 T garam masala or curry spice blend**
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
Chop the veggies.
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan or wok. Pour in the mustard seed, cover and cook until they pop.
Add the onion and saute until soft – 2-3 minutes.
Add the garlic, optional ginger and harder veggies (cauliflower, carrots, potatoes). Add 2-3 tablespoons of water, cover and steam for 5-10 minutes - or until the veggies are about half cooked.
While the harder veggies are steaming, mix the coconut flakes and sour cream/yogurt/cocoonut milk. Add the spices and mix thoroughly. Set aside to rehydrate.
Add the softer veggies (broccoli, beans, corn, peas) and continue to steam (add more water if the pan is dry) for 2-5 minutes. The vegetables should be fork tender.
When the veggies are done, remove the lid and steam away any excess liquid. Add the coconut mixture and stir in. Cover and warm for 1-2 minutes until heated through.
*The combination used in the video is 1/4 cup tofu sour cream and 4 tablespoons of coconut milk.
**If you don't have garam masala or curry spice blend use: 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, pinch of cayenne, 1/8 tsp of fenugreek, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1 dried chili (optional) – or, if you like things spicy, add these in addition to the curry spice blend.