Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry with Wholesome Grains


1/2 white onion, finely chopped

4 tablespoons ghee, divided (see blog for recipe)

2 sweet potatoes, washed and cubed

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

2 carrots, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 tablespoon sea salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas beans, drained and rinsed or 1 1/4 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

1 zucchini, sliced

1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

10 ounces fresh spinach

Cooking Instructions:

1. In a large wok or dutch oven, saute onion until clear in 2 tablespoons ghee over medium high heat. Add the sweet potatoes, green and red peppers, and carrots and saute for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium sized saucepan saute remaining ghee, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and cayenne pepper for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Or until spices release aroma.

3. Combine spice mixture with vegetables in wok or dutch oven, reduce heat to medium. Add the chickpeas, zuchini, and orange juice and allow to simmer for 20 minutes covered.

4. Stir in the spinach and cook 3-4 minutes or until spinach wilts. Serve immediately.

Adjusting the recipe for your Dosha:

Vata: Replace bell peppers with winter squash (ex: butternut). Replace chickpeas with whole presoaked mung beans (soak overnight uncovered in the refrigerator). Reduce cumin and turmeric. Serve with Basmati rice.

Pitta: Replace carrots with red skinned potatoes. Replace green pepper with another red bell pepper. Replace spinach with collard greens (boil for 30 minutes before adding). Reduce garlic, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Serve with Basmati rice.

Kapha: Replace sweet potato with more carrots. Reduce the amount of ghee used. Serve with cooked pearled barley.

What is a dosha? A metabolic classification of the body using the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, the science of life, is the oldest holistic system of medicine and come from India. This system of medicine strives to achieve balance between the three doshas to create wellness.

How do I find out my dosha? Google Dosha quiz and you'll find many varieties of quizzes. Take time to consider the answers and try to think of your immediate relation to these needs as well as over the course of your life.

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