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1- Rice Special with Vegetables
à la Maison
(the title makes up for the simplicity of
of different kinds. (Choose for example from: potato, cauliflower,
carrot, eggplant, cabbage, paprika)
(1-2 middle sized per person)
seeds or ground cumin, half a teaspoon per person
(brown or white), half a cup per person.
(half a spoonful per person)
Time: 15-20 minutes (full corn rice takes about 40 minutes)
Put water and salt for the rice in a pot and bring it to the
boil. Then add the washed rice. You need about two-and-a-half times
as much water as rice. Cook until the rice is soft. Full corn rice
will take 40-50 minutes to get cooked, white rice 5-20 minutes.
Add the peanuts just before the end.
Bring the water and
salt and cumin seeds to the boil for the vegetables. Add the chopped
vegetables one by one, the hardest first (potatoes, carrots, white
cabbage), because they need the longest cooking time, then the softer
ones like cauliflower, paprika, chinese cabbage, eggplant and tomato
(in that order). Don't worry if you don't know the exact timing,
the worst that can happen is that some vegetable are a bit too soft.
Add the tomatoes a few minutes before the end. They'll fall
apart and make a nice sauce.
After about 15 minutes, when the
potatoes and carrots are done, try if the rest is cooked and if
so, add soya sauce, tomato paste or other tasty stuff. But you might
like it a lot with only cumin and salt!
Your first attempts were a success?
Then here are some extra ideas for this dish.
cooked macaroni or similar pasta in the cooked vegetables
in sunflower seeds just before the vegetables are done (half
a spoon per person)
in Homos after cooking
chili powder (dangerous!) and serve yogurt with the vegetables
cubes of vegetarian cheese (after you have taken the pot off
the fire) or mix in soft cheese (don't cook either)
cubes of tofu after cooking. (You can fry the cubes. They also
taste better if you cook or soak them instead in marinade or
simply in salty water. Tofu can even be eaten straight from
the packet.) Tofu makes your dish really special!
There are many kinds of grains that you can use instead of rice.
Some, like bulgur or barley, have a clear taste of their own. Ask
your health food shop!
Worried about your protein? You
got enough in your milk, cheese or yogurt earlier in the day. But
you can add (vegetarian) cheese or quark to the vegetables (don't
cook), or cook some soya flakes with the vegetables. For a special
taste: cook the soya flakes separately in soya sauce, (they will
soak up the sauce), then add them to the cooked vegetables.
If you want an extra dish, buy some mungbeans
or lentils from the supermarket (reform department) or from the
health food shop. Leave them in water for a night and they need
only 20 minutes cooking.
Rice and beans together give you all
the protein you need that day. Mung beans are much easier to prepare
and to digest than other beans!
Dal - a bean dish
bean dish for this meal: cook yellow split peas from your Asian
shop with salt until soft (this doesn't take long), then mash them
into a puree. Try out which spices you like in it. This is an Indian
dish, called dal.
beans take more cooking time and need to sit in water for 6-24 hours
first. That's not so complicated as it seems -they can do the soaking
while you sleep and boiling while you do other things.
are more beans between heaven and earth than you'd ever dreamt of:
white beans, brown beans, Soya beans, kazuki beans, mung beans,
green lentils, chick peas, green peas, yellow split peas... Visit
your local health food shop or supermarket!
Some beans tend
to produce unwelcome gases in our intestines. However, it helps
a lot if you cook them with the herb savory.
Did you know that you can easily sprout beans
and seeds? Mung beans are good to begin with. You can buy them in
the supermarket. Soak the mung beans overnight, throw the water
away and simply wait for two or three days. If you rinse them twice
a day, they won't dry out.
You'll be surprised to see those
hard beans change into soft little plants that you can eat raw with
a little salt and lemon juice.
You don't need eggs!
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 60 minutes
Yields: 2 loaves (20 slices)
cups of applesauce
cup of honey
cup of oil
teaspoon of each spice: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
teaspoon dried lemon peel, ground
teaspoons baking soda
cups of whole wheat pastry flour
cup of chopped dates
1/2 cup of raisins
Combine all ingredients (either dumping and stirring, or sifting
dry ingredients and adding one by one to the wet ingredients). Bake
in 2 oiled loaf pans at 350° C for about one hour.
(This recipe comes from the book "Cooking
for consciousness" written by Joy McClure and Kendall Layne.)