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Baked Vegetables and Chickpeas in Green Yoghurt Gravy

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Origin

This is a simplified version of the gravy used in the vegetable biryani recipe I use.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams potatoes
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 400 grams (cooked weight) chickpeas
  • 2 cups packed mint leaves (1 large bunch)
  • 2 cups loosely packed coriander leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2″ (5 cm) of ginger
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 green chillis
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 500 grams Greek yoghurt
  • Mixed vegetables, such as:
    • 250 grams mushrooms
    • 400 grams green beans
    • 2 courgettes/zucchini
    • 2 romano peppers
    • … carrots and cauliflower are other vegetables which might go well in this dish

Process

Chop the mixed vegetables, onions and potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the chickpeas to the bowl. Dice the tomatoes and add them to the bowl as well.

Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit.

Grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, chillis and garlic. Add water as needed to ensure it is ground into a paste. Mix the paste with the yoghurt, salt, oil and spices. Pour this paste over the chopped vegetables and chickpeas and stir to mix.

Put the mix into a large baking tray and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and stir, then continue to cook, stirring at 15-minute intervals, until the vegetables are completely cooked and excess liquid has evaporated (about 45 minutes).

Add additional salt to taste. Serve with Greek yoghurt. You could also serve it with pasta or rice.

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Greek Cabbage Soup

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I used this recipe for the soup.

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Briam

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Here’s a recipe.  I adapted it to fit what I had. There’s a courgette/zucchini shortage, so I used less of this ingredient. Partway through the cooking I decided to add two extra tomatoes because I thought it needed more. I had an extra green bell pepper so I tossed that in, too. It is an extremely forgiving dish.

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Briam can be eaten plain but it is also commonly served with feta. If you are not avoiding dairy the addition of feta does improve this dish but it is quite good without it as well.

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Vegan Lasagne

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I made one of my favourite lasagnes, which happens to be vegan. Vegetarian spinach lasagne and Moosewood lighter vegetarian lasagne are the other two I’m fond of. I used butternut squash, sweet peppers, courgette/zucchini, and kale. My basic tomato sauce also contains carrots, so there were plenty of vegetables amid the cashew cream and the pasta sheets I added.

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Orzo with Vegetables

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I started with this recipe but made a few changes. I added mushrooms with the courgette/zucchini, left off the cheese to make it vegan, left out the wine, used lemon juice instead of limes, left out the sieved tomatoes, and left out the olives.

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Spiced Tomato and Summer Vegetables

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I started with this recipe, but used pressure-cooked blackeyed beans instead of broad beans, as I couldn’t find fresh beans in the shop. I also used mangetout/snow peas instead of sugar snaps.

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Cold Zucchini/Courgette with Cottage Cheese

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The zucchini/courgette is cooked, cooled, then filled with cottage cheese seasoned with herbs, seeds, and sun-dried tomato. I thought the recipe looked interesting but I felt it was too bland as a main dish and would have liked it better as an appetizer. Of the four people who tasted it, it was an even split between liking it and not having a strong like or dislike for it.

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