Rebecca Bell, enjoying the flavors
Everyone is very conscious about eating healthfully these days. Why not? Bill Clinton recently turned vegan. The unfortunate notion is that a vegan or vegetarian diet is boring. Whether you are on a low sodium diet, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or even non-vegetarian diet, we all want interesting food. Many of us have our favorite recipes but even chefs have to explore new flavors and recipes to keep things interesting. You can get innovative with your meals. Spice it up!
Rebecca Bell, a friend of ours, recently turned vegan. As a result of following this diet she has lost weight and is feeling healthy and energetic. A couple weeks ago she bought our spice blends to cook with and was immediately hooked. She began to sprinkle the spices in her dishes and loved the flavors. She got inspired to know how else she could use the spices that she had purchased. She called us and we arranged an evening to cook together. The focus was to create new and easy vegan recipes using Neeliyam spice blends. We came up with three new dishes that are easy to prepare and delicious. Just ask Rebecca….
First, we showed her how to make Channa masala (garbanzo beans). This is one of our favorite recipes, already in our recipe archive. Second, we made New Rajma – so named because Rajma is a traditional North Indian recipe which we have simplified for our purposes. We made our Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) with tomatoes and seasoned it with our Kebab spice blend with excellent results. Third, we made Masoor Dal. There are so many ways to prepare red lentils. In this version we made for Rebecca, we chose to season with onions, garlic, turmeric and garam masala. Again with incredible results!
Something we did not realize until that evening is that Rebecca cooks with little or no salt. So we did not add salt to the Channa Masala or any of the bean dishes. Rebecca was amazed at how flavorful the food was. It tasted great and it led to a discussion about various health conditions that require low or no salt. This is a sure way to add flavor to your food in a healthful way. In fact there is a whole other discussion about how some of the spices are beneficial for your health.
Our last dish of the evening was the Vegetable Vindaloo with Tofu. Here again we have used a traditional spice blend in a non-traditional way. Served alongside brown basmati rice, this is a perfect meal. One note about this dish; we all agreed that it benefited with a small amount of salt.
A Healthy Meal
The evening was a success! Rebecca now has new ways to use her spice blends. Not only is she enjoying the food, but she is also thrilled about preparing these easy recipes herself.
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Here are the new recipes:
Rajma(Red Kidney Beans) – A Break from Traditional Style
Masoor dal with Garam Masala (Red lentils)
Vegetable Vindaloo with Tofu