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November 5, 2012

Keralan Vegetable Stew


Cold season seems to have hit my house. Last week I finally recovered from the cold that I had picked-up from my oldest son when my throat started hurting. This week everyone in my house has been sick. I love how once my oldest son started school I have gotten every single cold that has gone around school. The one good thing about when my whole house has a cold is that I can make spicy foods. I love anything spicy. Growing-up my mom invented an peanut noodle dish with chili oil that I loved. The only problem was that my dad hated spicy foods and every time my mom made the dish it seemed to get spicier and spicier. I loved it, my dad hated it. My kids are hit or miss with spicy foods. The older they seem to get the more opinionated and picky they become. So when everyone ends up ill I make dinners spicy. Recently, I made a new recipe for Keralan Vegetable Stew from the September issue of Food and Wine magazine, which looked full of flavor and delicious.

This recipe has 14 ingredients. It takes a total time of one hour, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 4 servings. I have never seen fresh curry leaves in my area, so I chose to use bay leaves instead. I ended up having to go to two separate stores to find frozen pearl onions, which is normal for my area. Instead of serving the dish over white rice I used brown rice. I prefer brown rice and rarely eat white rice. I ended up letting the stew simmer for almost an hour instead of the 30 minutes suggested by the recipe. I kept the heat very low and let the flavors meld. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I must have gotten some very spicy Serrano chiles because this recipe had a lot of kick. It was way too spicy for my kids as written, but once I added Greek yogurt it was much better. I would suggest seeding the chiles or using a milder chile if you are looking for milder flavor. I will say that if you have a cold this dish will definitely work on your sinuses. Additionally, the flavors were very delicious and the vegetables came out perfect. Since my family really loves curry this dish was perfect for us.

For the recipe go to Keralan Vegetable Stew.

10 comments:

  1. Great write up and explanation. We love spicy & brown rice so... perfect! I really do love the way you explain how you did it. Reia from www.southcountrysides.blogspot.com

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    1. Spicy foods are the best :) Thanks for all your sweet comments, I appreciate them!

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  2. looks yummy! Thanks for sharing :)
    -Melanie

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here: http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

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    1. Thanks :) It really was yummy, just a little spicy!

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  3. I am looking for a Christmas present for a friend and was wondering what magazine do you think has the most good recipes?

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    1. It depends on what your friend likes to cook and the type of food that they like. A good all around magazine for quick, easy meals is Martha Stewart's Everyday Food. All the recipe are very easy and quick. If your friend likes recipes from around the world that are more gourmet I would go with food and wine or saveur. These magazines expect a cook that has basic cooking skills and don't explain steps as well. I also really like Martha Stewart Living and Taste of Home. Taste of Home has readers submit recipes so all the recipes are very easy to follow. Martha Stewart Living has recipes along with decorating etc. I hope that was helpful :) If you have any further questions feel free to ask :)

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  4. I'm not a huge stew person, but even in Hawaii a little something warm seems just the thing for "winter".

    Aloha,
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    Nicole
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    1. This recipe calls itself a stew, but it is more like a curry. It really is great for winter :) Linked up, thanks for hosting!

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  5. I am making this!!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

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    1. Tell me if it turns out :) Thanks for hosting!

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