Yummy Vegan Indian food…or is it Pakistani?

There is a lovely Pakistani restaurant I love to visit they has the most scrumptious s food. I’ve tried to find recipes for what they make but it never turns out right. Well tonight I tried to remember how it tasted and I hit the Jackpot! I am a reluctant Gourmet…I’d starve if I didn’t have a family to feed because I hate to bother with cooking then cleaning up after myself but this was so worth it! Doesn’t it look good?

Naan, Curried tofu, chickpeas, veggies and rice!

Naan, Curried tofu, chickpeas, veggies and rice!

The Naan (flat bread) will take the longest because it has to do the bread thing but no worries, it’s easy with a bread machine. I even used some of the dough to make “pigs in blankets” for my non veg kids who couldn’t handle the spicy curry. Put these ingredients in your bread machine in this order and press the dough cycle:

1 cup water

1/3 cup soymilk (you can use water or cow’s milk too)

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons salt (it keeps the dough from rising much)

1/2  teaspoon each of garlic powder and cumin

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoon (half a packet) baking yeast *frugal tip: Buy your yeast and spices from the bulk bins at a health food store, they cost 90% less!

Turn on the bead maker on the dough cycle, after an hour you can take the dough out (you can leave it there longer if you need to) and shape it into 8 balls, flatten them, cover them with a clean dry dishtowel and let them rise for 30 minutes. I let them rise on the large griddle I plan to cook them on. Remove them from the griddle and heat up the well-oiled griddle on med-high heat. Roll out each dough ball to 6″-8″ in diameter or 1/4″ thick. Thinner is better. Cook them about 4 minutes on each side. They will have dark brown speckles when done. Sprinkle with salt.

Here is the recipe for the Spicy curry Veggies with Chickpeas. You can start this after you put the above ingredients in the bread machine. The longer it simmers the better it gets!

1/4 cup canola oil ( yes it is a lot but it is so worth it, don’t skimp on the oil or the spices will burn your tongue off. Remember if you use less oil use less spice!)

1 cup diced carrots

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can corn (all cans are the standard 15 oz variety)

1 package of Extra firm tofu (the kind sold packed in water, not in a cardboard box) * pressed and diced

2 tablespoons Garam Masala (I like it spicy so start with 1 and go from there)

Salt to taste

Put all of that in a pot and let it simmer for an hour. I said it was easy!

While that is cooking put 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water in a 2 quart (covered) glass dish and cook in the microwave on high for 5 minutes, then on medium for 15 minutes. If your dish is too small it will overflow, no biggie.

Serve the rice, curry and bread together. You can scoop up the rice and veggies with the bread, very tasty! Make sure you have plenty to drink nearby in case it gets too spicy!

I’ll have a fun craft technique to share tomorrow, until then Happy Crafting..and cooking!


2 Responses

  1. Sounds Yummy!! Thanks for the great recipes!


  2. I just had an Indian dish the other day! 🙂 LOVE posts like this! Keep them coming!


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