Chickpea crepes with curried greens, potatoes, and radishes

This is perhaps one of the best meals we’ve ever made. We used this recipe for Addictive Chickpea Crepes and didn’t change a thing. They say you can leave out the carom seeds, but I actually think that is one of the best parts of the flavor, so get them if you can. The recipe makes 8 crepes and we ate them ALL.

For the filling:

5 garlic cloves minced

1 TBL mustard seeds

1 TBL turmeric

1 TBL curry powder

1 tsp cayenne

3 small potatoes, chopped into 2 inch pieces

1.5-2 cups radishes, quartered

1 cup water

1 bunch kale or chard (we had a mix)

1/4 cup white vinegar

salt to taste

In a dutch oven, heat 1 tsp oil and saute garlic and mustard seeds on medium heat until the seeds begin to pop. Add potatoes and radishes and stir. Add turmeric, curry, and cayenne and coat the vegetables. Add cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium low until potatoes are cooked, about 7  minutes. Add greens, salt, and vinegar. Stir mixture well, and cover. Cook 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Cabbage and yellow split pea curry

1 TBL mustard seeds

1 onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp ginger powder

2 TBL curry

1 TBL turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garam masala

4 cups faux chicken broth

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 medium potatoes, chopped

1 cup yellow split peas

4-5 Thai chilies chopped

1 small cabbage chopped (4 cups approximately)

cayenne pepper to taste

Heat a small amount of oil in a dutch oven and add mustard seeds, cover until seeds begin to pop. Add onions and saute until translucent, 2-3 minutes, on medium heat. Add garlic and spices, cook for 2 minutes. Add potatoes and chilies, and stir. Add yellow split peas and faux chicken broth, bring to a boil, then cover and cook on medium. When the split peas begin to soften (about 30 minutes), add cabbage and vinegar, cover. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook an additional 30 minutes or until the cabbage is desired texture.

A belated final VeganMofo post, including lentil surprise

It’s the last day of VeganMofo, and I have a disgusting cold. I don’t often get sick, and I’m not very patient about getting better. Stef got me some orange juice, which ordinarily I would never drink because I really think drinking fruit juice is about the same as drinking a glass of sugar with a some vitamin c and folates (not to be negative or anything), yet when I have a cold I actually crave it.

That has nothing to do with dinner though. Tonight’s menu includes innovations on some of our favorite recipes. I decided to actually write down what I did when I cooked the lentil surprise. It actually has no bearing on the post I wrote up last year…The tomato soup is full of ginger and has an added creamy touch from the raw cashews. And the pumpkin custards are basically pumpkin pie filling with coconut milk and no crust, but they are creamy, special, perfect for tonight.

lentil surpriseLentil Surprise

1 cup red lentils

1 onion, diced

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup frozen spinach

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup cilantro, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBL mustard seeds

2 TBL curry

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

4 cups veggie stock

Heat oil in pot and add mustard seeds. Cover and wait until the seeds begin to pop, then add onions and garlic. Saute until soft, then add curry, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne. Cook about 5 minutes, add a little water if there is a lot of stickage in the pot. Add coconut, peppers, spinach, and cilantro. Then add stock and lentils. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45-60 minutes until the lentils are soft and all the flavors are well combined. Serve with rice.

Special Potatoes

Boil several potatoes, ideally Ukon Gold, but others will do.
Drain in a colander and allow to cool a little.

Heat in a large pan, oil and mustard seeds (1 to 2 tbl.) When seeds pop, add potatoes and mash. Add 1 tbs. turmeric, 1 tbs. curry, salt, pepper, more oil or lemon juice if needed. Cook until browned and seasoned all the way through.

Split Pea Surprise

1 cup green split peas
1 cup frozen spinach
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 bouillon cube
1-2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1/2-3/4 cup dried coconut
1-2 tablespoons red thai curry
1-2 tablespoons ginger (grated or the paste in the jar)
dash of cumin and turmeric
water
toast mustard seeds in olive oil, add onion and saute with a little salt and pepper, add in bouillon cube, curry, ginger and other spices adding the garlic last, add in coconut, then spinach. add split beans and mix well. add water to cover, bring to a boil and stir. then simmer with the pot top partly open for 30 minutes or until peas are soft. stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. if the water is boiling off too quickly, put the top completely on.

I think this would be good with other vegetables and I also though that instead of coconut, you could use coconut milk!

Lentil Surprise

1 cup red lentils
1 small onion
1 cup frozen spinach
1/2 pepper
1 tbl garam masala
1 tsp curry
1 tsp cumin
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
salt and pepper
3-4 cups vegetable broth

Saute onions until golden, add salt and pepper and spices. saute garlic until fragrant, add spinach and peppers. add lentils and coconut, stir.
Cover with vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, Cover. Simmer about 20-30 minutes. add more broth if it’s too dry.
Enjoy!