This Red Thai Curry recipe uses simple ingredients and packs in a lot of flavour. Think curry, coconut, lime, ginger, garlic, a bit salty, a bit sweet and a nice warm heat from the curry paste & sambal oelek. For Garnish? Bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, lime & cilantro. I like to have a little dish of soy sauce & sesame oil at the table for drizzling too. I can also see some julienned carrots and thai or regular basil as a garnish on this too!
I had been keeping my eye out for fresh lemongrass for ages because I wanted to use it in this recipe. Finally, I just decided to give this paste a try. You see them in tubes in the herb section at grocery stores. I'm just getting acquainted with it, I think I like it fine but will play around more with it. Leave it out if you wish. You can taste at the end and decide to add a bit more lime juice instead.
Easy Noodle Bowl Variation
I also use this exact same recipe to make a thicker sauce/stir-fry like noodle dish. I just add 1 cup LESS veg stock in the beginning, I don't add in any vegetables. (Last picture at the bottom of this post)
Instead, I sauté veggies (eg: broccoli, bok choy, carrots, mushrooms peppers, tofu) and toss with cooked noodles and some of the sauce. Top with same garnishes as the soup.
You Tube Video & Written Recipe Below!
Serves 4 - 6
This is one of my favourite things to cook and eat. Even though I have made it many times, I never stop being impressed with this dish. There is SO much flavour and it quickly comes together with a few basic ingredients. Not only is it delicious, it is inexpensive and healthy. I picked up a big bag of lentils for under 3 dollars!! I like to add coconut milk to my dhal for a bit of added richness, though I am not sure how authentic that is. I garnish it with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. The other thing I often do, is shred up some spinach and let it take the place of some or all of the rice. I have always done this with the curries that I make, it adds a bit of green goodness and then I just stir it all together and start piling it onto pieces of flatbread. The chapati flatbreads I serve with this are made from flour, water & salt. If you are trying to eat plant based and worried about the cost or that the food is boring and lacking in flavour, just put this recipe into your repertoire.
What is Dhal?
Dhal can also be spelled dal, dahl or daal (I'm not sure if one spelling is more correct). It's a term used in the Indian subcontinent to describe dried beans, lentils or peas. It also is a term used for the finished dish, of which many variations exist. I don't know how authentic my recipe is, but it's what I like to eat.
Onto the recipes
If you want to watch how I make Dhal & Chapati, check out my short 4 minute video on YouTube! Written version below.
Red Lentil Dhal with Coconut Milk
Whole Wheat Chapati
Recipe:Yield: 12 Chapatis
There is no doubt about it, some of the most delicious meals can be pulled together from the staples we keep in our cupboards. The following recipes all use ingredients that I typically keep stocked in my own home. Some of them are enhanced or do require fresh ingredients too, but that is often how I decide what to make. If it's slim pickings in my fridge, I look at what fresh herbs or fruit / veg I might have left and then head to my cupboard to find ingredients to create a meal or recipe. All of these recipes are simple, flavourful & deceptively vegan.
Yield: 12 - 16 muffins. (mine were a bit smaller than normal size but not the mini size)
I had some bananas to use up so whipped up these banana nut muffins!! I used a combination of toasted walnuts & pecans because that is what I had in my freezer. I also do love subbing some of the nuts for dried cranberries and or chocolate chips. So use whatever combination you like best!
I found really colourful silicone muffin tin liners at the Atlantic Super Store. The muffins look super cute and were so easy to pop out. I can't believe I haven't used them before, it was a great baking experience and they were inexpensive!! I'm sure other people are already on this band wagon but... in case not, I definitely recommend...
My favourite vegan butter for spreading on muffins or bread is Melt. For this recipe you could also use solid coconut oil or another brand of vegan butter in the batter.
This recipe calls for a "flax egg". Which is 1 tbsp of ground flax seed, mixed with two tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes before adding to the recipe.
This was my first time making a streusel topping for my banana muffins. At first it was REALLY crunchy, but by the next day it had softened and was tasty. Definitely not a necessary component, these are great plain, or with a bit of vegan butter.
Onto the recipes!
For a quick video on how to make these muffins, the recipe is also on YouTube!
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