עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: ינדיאַן וועגעטאַבלע סטו און טשיקקפּעאַ סקאַלליאָן קרעפּעס אַדישאַן

After several recipes that involve frying, it’s time for some healthier, figure-friendly ones. נאָך אַלע, it is summer and there are no jackets and sweaters to hide under. ווען איך אנגעהויבן מיין וואָג אָנווער נסיעה, there were a few recipes that were sure-fire “eat-this-and-the-scale-will-smile-upon-me” קיילים.

My scale, אַגעוו, is named Pandora. I chose this name because when I step on her, I never know what horrors may fly out at me but at the bottom, there is always hope!

Lately I’ve been going to the local Farmer’s Market every weekend. My main reason for going is to get the beautiful, freshly picked, organic vegetables.

But I have to admit that what I really look forward to is getting a delicious lunch from one of the vendors. There are a lot of vendors selling food, most of which have some Vegan option, but not gluten-free. There is a vendor that sells Vegan macrobiotic food but other than the salad, again not gluten-free. Then there is my favorite vendor who makes Sri Lankan food that is BOTH וועגאַן און גלוטען-פֿרייַ. Pay dirt!!

The woman who runs the booth is so sweet and kind. We have talked a lot and she likes me so much, she has offered to adopt me. Now I call her “מאָם” and she calls me her daughter. But that means she also feeds me like a Mom does. Tom and I both get the lunch special. He gets the one with all the amazing fried goodies: potato samosas, cauliflower and eggplant pakora, spinach and lentil fritters. אָמג! I try to be better behaved and get the “low-fat” lunch special which has dal, curried veggies, רייַז, coconut chutney, עטק. “מאָם” knows how much we love her food and she fills our plates like we are going on a week-long journey! We end up taking a lot of it home but we also end up eating way too much.

So while my new “מאָם” might love me, Pandora has not been as happy with me. That means it’s time to break out the guaranteed success recipes again. This Indian Veggie Stew is one of those recipes. It’s all vegetables and chickpeas so it’s filling and guilt-free. The fragrant spices – ינגבער, קנאָבל, קערי, קאָריאַנדער, קומין, גאַראַם מאַסאַלאַ – give it a rich, deep, spicy Indian flavor.

If you have your own garden, it’s the perfect recipe to use up some of those extra eggplants, zucchinis, squashes and tomatoes you don’t know what to do with (אַוואַדע, you could give them to me because I am so jealous!). I got this beautiful variety of eggplants at the Farmer’s Market. האָנעסטלי, I didn’t know eggplants came in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Eggplant makes me happy 🙂

This Indian Veggie Stew can be served over rice or quinoa (מיין באַליבט) but Tom likes it best when I make Chickpea Scallion Crepes to roll the stew up in with a dollop of Vegan sour cream or yogurt. This is really one of my favorite recipes. It’s an exotic, beautiful bounty of colorful vegetables with savory, aromatic spices. And it makes Pandora happy and if Pandora’s happy, I’m happy.

Indian Vegetable Stew

ינגרידיאַנץ

1 Tbs. גרינס ייל
1 גרויס ציבעלע, chopped,
1 Tbs. fresh ginger, מינסט אָדער גרייטיד
6 קנאָבל קלאָוועס, chopped
2 Tbs. קערי פּודער
1 tsp. קאָריאַנדער
1 Tbs. קומין
1 tsp. גאַראַם מאַסאַלאַ (or pinches of cinnamon, מושקאַט און קלאָוועס)
1 (14 אַז.) can diced tomatoes or about 3 fresh tomatoes
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth,
2 מיטל עגפּלאַנץ, peeled and cut into chunks
1 גרויס צוקיני, שנייַדן אין שטיקער
1 געל קאַבאַק, שנייַדן אין שטיקער
2 גרויס קעראַץ, שנייַדן אין שטיקער
2 medium red potatoes, שנייַדן אין שטיקער
1/2 tsp. זאַלץ
1/2 tsp. פעפער
1 (10 אַז) box frozen cauliflower, thawed or fresh
1 (15 אַז) קענען טשיקקפּעאַס, רינסעד און ויסגעשעפּט
ווי, cilantro or parsley for garnish (אַפּשאַנאַל)
Vegan sour cream or yogurt (אַפּשאַנאַל)

אינסטרוקציעס

Heat oil in a large pot over low heat. Add onion, ינגבער, and garlic. קאָכן, סטערינג, וועגן 3-4 מינוט. Add curry powder and cook for 1 מינוט. Add coriander, cumin and garam masala (or cinnamon, מושקאַט און קלאָוועס). The aroma of the spices should be filling your kitchen.

Add the tomatoes and broth. Raise the heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Add the eggplant, צוקיני, קאַבאַק, קעראַץ, פּאַטייטאָוז, זאַלץ און פעפער. Simmer covered, סטערינג טייל מאָל, until the veggies have softened, וועגן 20 – 30 מינוט. Add the cauliflower and chickpeas. Simmer, באדעקט, until heated through, וועגן 5 מינוט. Sprinkle with mint, cilantro or parsley.

Variation: if you aren’t worried about calories, you can add coconut milk to make the stew creamy!

Chickpea Scallion Crepes

ינגרידיאַנץ

(מאכט וועגן 6 קרעפּעס)
1 גלעזל טשיקקפּעאַ מעל
1/2 tsp. זאַלץ
1/2 tsp. ערד טורמעריק
½ – 1 טבספּ. קערי פּודער (depending on your spice taste)
1 טבספּ. מאַסלינע ייל
1 ½ – 2 טעפּלעך וואַסער, צימער טעמפּעראַטור
3 medium scallion(ס), sliced thinly, both green and white parts
קוקינג שפּריץ

ינסטראַקשאַנז

Combine dry ingredients (מעל, זאַלץ, טורמעריק, קערי פּודער) into a large bowl. Add the oil and mix with a fork until it feels like wet sand. Add water very slowly, a little bit at a time, whisking until you get the right consistency of batter. It should be very loose (you may need to add more water than stated). Add scallions. Let batter rest for 10 – 20 מינוט (it can also sit overnight).

Spray an 8 inch skillet with cooking spray (or use non-stick pan) and let it get well-heated.

פֿאַר 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and slowly move pan in circles until the batter thinly coats the pan. Let cook until the edges lift and the crepe moves when you shake the pan. Carefully flip the crepe and let other side cook about 1 מינוט. Slide the crepe off pan onto a platter. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

טאָן: Keep in mind that the hotter the pan gets, the faster the crepes will cook as you go along. Be sure to keep an eye on them; don’t walk away.

טאָן: There is a saying that the first crepe never comes out right. I have often found that to be true. The good news is that you then have a delicious, albeit messed up, crepe to munch on while you make the rest.

האַנאָע האָבן!

(באזוכט 3,763 מאל, 4 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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  1. Vienna סעפּטעמבער 11, 2013 בייַ 1:14 PM #

    I have to apologize for not following the recipe exactly, I didn’t have all the same vegetables and I needed to do a ‘clean out the fridge’ meal. This worked out perfectly! I water sautéed the onions and did not opt for coconut milk (although I love it), it was a low-cal stew that I didn’t have to feel guilty about munching on all day! It was so good.

    • ריאַ סעפּטעמבער 11, 2013 בייַ 1:38 PM #

      Vienna, never apologize for not following a recipe. They are just guidelines, not rules. Everything is better when you add your own imagination and spin and make the recipe yours. I’m so glad you loved it.

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס יאַנואַר 8, 2012 בייַ 7:23 בין #

    הי קאַרען, געזונט, these are more like pancakes than crepes so they are much easier. Just remember, the first one is usually ugly but it’s a muncher 🙂

  3. Karen T. יאַנואַר 8, 2012 בייַ 6:02 בין #

    This looks awesome. Your directions for the crepes encourage me to try again. (My past attempts at vegan crepes have been very dismal).

  4. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס ויגוסט 3, 2011 בייַ 8:38 בין #

    Hi Carol,
    יאָ, of course I’ll take it. Thank you so so much for the compliment. It means so much to me. קסאָקסאָ

  5. קאַראָל ויגוסט 3, 2011 בייַ 6:22 בין #

    Oh yes, yes yes! I just bought a cauliflower today meaning to make biryani again from Asian Vegan Kitchen, but this is tempting me now. Decisions, decisions. איך וויסן. I’ll make both!

    ריאַ, I bookmark more of your recipes than anyone else I can think of. Vegan mouse comes a close second maybe. There’s a compliment for you there if you’ll take it 🙂


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