Spiced vegetable polenta

Spiced vegetable polenta

By
From
Reza’s Indian Spice
Serves
4 as a main course

A great vegetarian dish. On my travels in Rajasthan, I met with a desert tribe, the Bishnoi, and they used a lot of millet and cornmeal in their cooking. Because of the limitations of their environment, dried pulses and grains are the staple of their diet. Cornmeal is very similar to polenta, so this recipe was inspired by what the desert tribe was eating. You can use any mixed vegetables, whatever you like or have in the cupboard.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g polenta
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
pinch asafoetida
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4-6 tablespoons tomato puree
400g cooked mixed vegetables
1 heaped teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
salt
1/2 lemon, juiced
pinch caster sugar
2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
2.5cm piece of root ginger, cut into julienne
2 green chillies, deseeded if you like, finely chopped
1 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander leaves

Method

  1. Bring 800ml of water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the polenta and whisk furiously for one to two minutes until the polenta swells and soaks up all the liquid. (Whisking stops it getting lumpy.)
  2. Next, heat the oil in a separate pan until hot and add the asafoetida and cumin seeds. Now add the tomato purée and some water to loosen the mixture and create a sauce-like consistency. Add the cooked vegetables with the fenugreek leaves, red onion and salt to taste. Allow this mixture to cook for a few minutes, or until the vegetables have warmed through. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and sugar.
  3. Finish the polenta by adding the ghee or oil and stirring well. Loosen with a little warm water to get a smooth consistency.
  4. Serve by spooning the polenta into a warmed dish and topping with the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with the ginger julienne, chillies and roughly chopped coriander.
Tags:
Indian
spice
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