Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pilaf? Pilau? Pulao?

Okra week continues.

I didn't realize that okra is really popular in the south. I found some interesting uses for okra (mostly fried) but I came across something called pilaf. This is apparently different from pilau, which is completely different from pulao.

I am still in confusion over this. But despite the confusion, I somehow ended up making a dish that combined all three of these! It's a sort of southern/Cajun/Indian confused dish. But it tastes good. And it's easy. And healthy.

I started off heating some coconut oil (YES, I finally bought some!) and threw in some mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, and green chilis.

Then I added the following: corn, okra, celery, red bell peppers, and seitan. Then I added some olive oil, salt, cumin-corriander powder, and turmeric. I let it sit, covered, for 5-10 minutes.

This could be eaten with a chapatti, tortilla, bread, or whatever. But I, of course, chose the quinoa route.

Nice and fluffy!!!

So I combined the two and ate it with a side of yogurt (nonfat Greek!).

That is one DENSE meal.


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