These delicious recipes include green-lentil curry and curried eggplant with chickpeas and spinach.
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Keralan Vegetable Stew
To cook vegetables perfectly, Asha Gomez simmers each kind in a different pot, then arranges them on the plate. To make this lovely vegetarian stew, home cooks can simmer vegetables in a single pot for about 30 minutes.
Many of Madhur Jaffrey's books have an Indian slant, but she's most famous for her 1999 tome Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. While she often follows the Indian tradition of serving several small dishes together, the lentil-vegetable curry here is a Western-style main course. Eaten over rice with yogurt, it's a very satisfying meal.
The South Asian spices in this vegetarian stew reflect the influence of Kenya's generations-old Indian community on the national cuisine. Feel free to substitute other vegetables based on seasonal availability, as Hubert Des Marais does.
Americans are not overly fond of okra; outside of the South it's rarely eaten and rarely missed. In India, though, okra is much beloved and is prepared in many ways: fried, stuffed, and as here, braised briefly with tomatoes and onions. We promise that our method will not give you a slimy vegetable, just barely tender okra with great flavor. Serve the curry over rice with a little plain yogurt.
Our version of this curry, a favorite combination of vegetables in India, unites cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red-pepper flakes. Fresh cilantro provides an herbal note. Serve the curry as a generous side dish or with rice for a meatless main dish.