Wednesday, May 20, 2009
RECIPE ~ Brazilian Peanut Stew
Many years ago, maybe even over a decade, a friend of mine passed on this recipe. Admittedly this is not a very Ayurvedic recipe, but it does make a rich, warm, hearty stew that is great as a thick soup served with fresh crunchy bread, or over a bowl of rice. Try it on a cool or damp day to warm up inside!
1 28 oz can of tomatoes
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 small hot dried chilis (optional)
1 large chopped onion
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
dash of ground nutmeg or allspice
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 cup water or vegetable broth
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 can black beans
1 can or 1 cup corn kernels
1 cup of peanuts
If serving over rice, rinse and prepare. Goes best with brown rice. Meanwhile:
In a large pot, heat tomatoes and add paprika, onion, garlic, spices and water or vegetable broth. Simmer over med-high heat, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.
Blend the peanut butter into the stew, add the milk, stirring to incorporate completely. Add cooked beans and corn, stir. Add water or more stock, if necessary, to obtain desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. Simmer another 15 mins. Serve in a bowl with corn bread or over rice, with a generous sprinkling of nuts.
* FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
NOTE: Tomatoes and peanuts are considered rajasic so this dish is not for frequent consumption if you're trying to have a diet that's easy on the spirit!
VATAS this is a good Vata dish but replace black beans with mung beans and corn with peas
PITTAS not recommended for Pittas because, although black beans and corn are Pitta-friendly foods, almost none of the other ingredients are good for Pittas
KAPHAS the peanut butter makes the fat content too high for Kaphas, however you could substitute it for just a few tablespoons of almond or pumpkin seed butter and replace coconut milk with soy milk