I love arugula. Call me weird, but the bitterness is appealing to me? It’s one of the only leaves I’ll have raw. Raw spinach? bleh. Lettuce? tasteless. collard? ew.
But I’m not exactly fond of salads. They’re not filling enough or they’re doused in way too sweet dressing or they’re bland. So instead I like my arugula on pizza or in dishes like this. This dish is absolutely complete. Soft, fluffy millet, warm spicy curry, mellow sweet potato, bright acidic cherry tomatoes and sharp arugula.
I recently discovered millet as a grain. Prior, I’d only had millet flour rotis which are very popular in India and ‘baajre ki khichdi’ which is a millet stew cooked traditionally in lots of indian ghee and milk or cream. I had never actually had millet by itself. But a few weeks ago my mom picked up a bag of organic mixed millet and I fell in love! Its softer and less chewy than grains like quinoa and brown rice. It also has milder, less nutty taste.
The next component of the dish is the curry! This is a spicy, improvised curry that I sort of made up as I went a long. It has garlic, onion, coconut milk and a generous dash of spices. The sweet potato really balances out the spiciness.
And last but not least, the cherry tomatoes. We don’t normally have cherry tomatoes at home because they’re not always available here. We have to go to speciality grocery stores and even then, they’re quite expensive. But boy are they worth it! They’re spunky and colorful and they just elevate the dish.
I really hope you try out this dish. Even if you don’t have all the components – improvise! No millet? Use rice or another similar grain. No arugula? Skip it, or another raw green. No cherry tomatoes? Use normal diced tomatoes! Don’t have all the spices? Use a store bought curry powder, garam masala or thai spice mix instead!Don’t like sweet potato or spinach? Use other veggies – normal potatoes would be fine and you can substitute in any other vegetable under the sun. Pumpkin or zucchini would be wonderful here!
Oh, and I forgot to mention – this is accidentally vegan 🙂
Now on to the recipe!
Sweet Potato & Spinach curry
(makes 3 portions)
2/3 tablespoon diced garlic/garlic paste
1 large or 2 small onions, diced
1 tsp grated ginger
3 small or two medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1.5 cup spinach (or just 2 handfuls) cleaned and chopped roughly
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/cumin powder, 1/4 tsp fenugreek powder, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/2-1 tsp chili powder, dash of black pepper and salt to taste
3-4 handfuls arugula, cleaned
cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
2 cups cooked millet or any other grain
Heat some olive oil in a pan and when it’s hot, add in the garlic, onion and ginger.
Keep mixing and when the onion and garlic are lightly browned, add in the sweet potato, around 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk.
Cover and let simmer on low heat for around 15 minutes.
Add in the spices and 1/4 cup more of the coconut milk, stir well
Cook for another 10 minutes until the sweet potato is tender, stirring well throughout
Add in the spices and the rest of the coconut milk, stir until the curry is thickened and the spinach is cooked (about a minute)
Remove from heat
Remove the stems from the arugula (unless you can take the bitter taste of the stems then leave them on) and arrange a handful on the plate
Divide the millet into three portions and place a portion onto the plate
Top with cherry tomatoes and a generous helping of the curry
The cupcakes themselves were buttery and moist with a subtle and warming chai flavor. When topped with a rich and chocolatey frosting, they were elevated to the next level. Chai and chocolate are actually a wonderful combination. They complement each other beautifully.
I made them for a birthday and they were so rich, it was a perfect substitute for the traditional birthday cake. Cupcakes actually save a lot of trouble – no trying to get the cake out of the pan, no messy slices and frosting is much easier! And everything tastes better in mini form hehe!
The cupcakes are quite simple to make but the best part is the frosting. IT’S 2 INGREDIENTS. JUST TWO! And it’s so delicious, I bet once you make it once you’ll have to make it again!
So I hope you make these cupcakes because they are absolutely fantastic.
A wonderful crispy granola, perfect in the morning with some cold milk and some dried fruit added on top. Or however you like granola, but thats my preference 🙂
I find making my own granola much better than buying store bought because I can alter the flavors to my liking and mix and match it instead of having the same flavor everyday. Also, I know exactly what’s going into it – no chemicals or sneaky corn syrup hiding in here! Not to mention, it’s super easy. All you need is oats, toppings, an oven and less than half an hour of your time. And 20 minutes of that is just waiting for it in the oven.
This is a simple granola because I like making this and then adding whatever toppings I feel like on that day, but feel free to add in more flavors or dried fruits or anything into the recipe.
2 cups oats (rolled oats are best, but any oats would work!)
1/4 cup olive/coconut oil
1/4 cup honey/agave
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
More add ins: dried fruit, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, coffee powder, cinnamon, maple extract, cocoa nibs)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and take out a baking tray
In a small saucepan, heat the oil and add in the honey and vanilla extract. Stir on low heat for about a minute until well integrated.
Spread the oats, nuts and whatever other toppings on the baking tray.
Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix well.
Pop in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes, shaking the tray ever 5 minutes to make sure the granola doesn’t stick and gets evenly baked.
Done! Serve with yogurt, milk or fresh fruit!
Note: If you use dried fruit, add in only in the last 3 minutes.
A wonderful palette of flavors and textures in this dish. Who knew something so healthy and nutritious could taste so good?
Feel free to mix up the veggies in this, but I love the combination of these because there is such a variety in size and crunch. The wild black rice is crunchy while the brown rice is hearty and nutty, the mushrooms and peas are soft and sweet while the carrot and cabbage blend in perfectly with the chewy (in a good way!) rice.
This dish is extremely high in protein, fibre, vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C and iron all the while being comforting and delicious!
Asian Wild Rice with Vegetables
1/3 cup dry brown rice
1/3 cup dry wild rice
1/2 packet button mushrooms, chopped finely
1 carrot, grated
1 diced onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cup finely diced cabbage
1.5 tsp olive oil
1.5 tablespoon soy sauce
chili powder, according to taste
1/2 tablespoon honey
Cook the rice according to instructions or just boil for 30-40 minutes until cooked.
Meanwhile, wash and chop the vegetables.
Heat a wok or a large pan and spread the olive oil
When the oil is hot add the garlic and onion and sauté until browned. Add the peas and cabbage and cook for a minute and then add in the mushrooms and carrot. Add the soy sauce, honey and chili powder and cook for a few minutes, mixing well.
Add the rice, mix everything again and then cover the pan to let everything cook for a few minutes.
I just realised that most of the recipes I post on this blog are breakfast recipes. So to solve that, y’all are going to have to make this for dinner. I don’t think that will be a problem – it’s delicious and it’s extremely healthy as it’s full of vegetables and protein.
This vegetable hash, although not very traditional, is bursting with flavor and more importantly, is super easy to whip up! You can double, triple or even quadriple the servings to suit yourself.
Use whatever vegetables you wish but I would avoid anything too soft like squash or greens.
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
pinch of garlic salt, black pepper, oregano and chilli flakes
1.5 cup mixed vegetables (I suggest corn, baby corn, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes – whatever’s in season)
Dice the onion, garlic and vegetables. Set aside.
Heat around 2 tsp olive oil in a small pan and when it’s hot, add the garlic and onion.
Saute until lightly browned and then add in the vegetables
Add the hot sauce and spices
Lower the heat and cover the vegetables
Meanwhile lightly coat a flat pan with olive oil
When it’s hot, crack in two eggs
Sprinkle the top with black pepper
Your vegetables should be done by now, serve them on a plate and place the fried eggs on top.