Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mushroom and Okra Curry

When I was 12 years old, I decided to become a vegetarian. While my parents were supportive and understanding, I don't know that they thought it would last. My mom told me that she wanted me to do some of the cooking so she didn't have to cook 2 separate meals each night, which was great for me! One morning when we were shopping at Sam's Club, I found "The Greatest Ever Vegetarain Cookbook." It is a huge cookbook with over 300 recipes of all types. When she bought it for me, I went through and put post its in my favorite recipes to make and try. I did that a few times as my tastes and cooking abilities changed, so it's interesting to see what I tagged when I was 12, 15, and now.
When I was 12, I skipped over all of the curries, but now I'm excited about them! I found one for okra and mushrooms in a tomato based curry, which is something I've not cooked before. The flavor of this curry was great, but I think I'm more of a coconut milk based curry fan.

Mushroom and Okra Curry
from The Greatest Vegetarian Cookbook Ever

4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 in. ginger root
2 chiles, seeded and chopped
3/4 c. water
1 tbsp. EVOO
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (I used 1/2 tsp. ground)
Pinch of ground turmeric
1 4 oz. can tomatoes, chopped
1 lb. mushrooms, quartered
8 oz. okra
2 tbsp. cilantro, for garnish

Brown rice, for serving
Mango chutney, for serving

Place the garlic, ginger, chiles and 3 tbsp. of water in a blender, process until smooth.
Heat oil in a large saucepan, add the corriander, cumin seeds and ground cumin, cardamom, turmeric and cook for a minute.
Add the garlic paste, tomatoes and water. Stir to mix.
Add the mushrooms and okra, stir again and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove the cover and turn heat up, cook for another 5-10 minutes until okra is tender.
Stir in cilantro.
Serve with rice and mango chutney.


Joelen said...

Now if only I could get my husband to try okra without flinching! I would certainly eat this up and I think combining okra and mushrooms looks fab. It's great catching up with your blog with all the delicious entries you've posted recently and hopefully I'll have more time in the future to stop by and comment!

Kelly said...

Great post. I always find it interesting to hear about how people became vegetarians. It's great that your family (and now your husband) are so supportive!

Jo said...

Did you put tofu in there as well?

Joanne said...

It really is interesting to see how different your tastes can be from one age to another. Even the "me" from four years ago is completely different from the me now. I am a new fan of okra and I bet it was great in this curry!