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Indian food is the best. I love to cook Indian dishes in clay pots.
When you are cooking an Indian meal, it's clotted cream or butter chicken that you want to eat at the end of the day. But there are other delicious Indian foods out there that are not made with dairy making them perfect for anyone following a vegan diet. If you have chosen to follow a vegan lifestyle, you should become familiar with how to cook these foods in clay pots. Here are some suggestions on what kind of dishes can be cooked in clay pots. Keep reading because this might just change your life!
I'm going to start off by saying that anything can be cooked in a clay pot if you do it properly and use enough spices, but here are a few vegan dishes that I think really shine when prepared in clay pots:
Besan Aloo is a traditional Indian dish. It is a simple recipe of mashed potatoes and chickpeas served with fried onions and garlic. This meal can be made from scratch easily without using any dairy products at all, however, it's even better if you add some things to the mix. One trick I like to use when making this dish in a clay pot is to add fresh green peas about 25 minutes before it is finished cooking for added flavor and color. Another thing I sometimes do is replace the oil used for frying with melted ghee or butter - simply melt it right in the clay pot before adding the potatoes and cook as normal. Butter Aloo Methi is a variation of the traditional Besan Aloo. It calls for adding fresh fenugreek leaves to the potatoes and chickpeas and using butter instead of oil.
Tikka Masala is a creamy tomato sauce that's great on just about anything - but I especially like it served over rice with some naan bread. The best thing about this dish is how easy it is to make! Simply add water, diced tomatoes, green chili peppers, coriander powder, garam masala (a mixture of other spices), ginger paste, and salt to taste in your clay pot and cook until it has reduced into a nice thick paste. Add either tofu or tempeh (or both!) and let everything simmer together until the protein is cooked. Season to taste and serve with rice or naan bread.
Chana Masala is a staple dish for those following a vegan diet. Chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes make up the base of this recipe and it can be easily customized for spiciness by adding green chili peppers instead of red. This one also needs to cook until the chickpeas are tender - about an hour on medium heat should do the trick nicely. You can either use canned chickpeas (drained) or prepare dried ones yourself (usually takes about 3 hours). Just like most Indian dishes though, this tastes better the next day!
Okra Masala is another traditional favorite that I think becomes even more delicious when prepared in clay pots. It's the perfect summer dish and it may surprise you how easy okra can be to cook if you do it right! In this recipe, use ghee instead of oil to fry the onions and spices at the beginning for a richer flavor. The tomatoes should be added much sooner so they don't burn before everything else is cooked through - about 10 minutes before removing from heat is enough time for them to cook.
If you have ever been curious about trying Indian food, I would recommend starting with simple recipes like those above because they are easier to prepare in clay pots. If you're not sure where to find these ingredients, just visit your local Indian grocery store or international market. This might take a little extra effort, but trust me it is more than worth it!
If you're worried about the cost of cooking in clay pots, don't be! These items can often be purchased very affordably and used over and over again. Just follow the proper care instructions so that your pot lasts as long as possible and doesn't crack or break during use. If you accidentally break one though, worry not because they are easy to replace at any local thrift store.
The vegan diet has come a long way since its early days but always remember: there is no reason why we cannot enjoy traditional Indian cuisine on this kind of eating plan too! I hope this article has inspired you to get into the kitchen and start experimenting with these delicious cuisines.
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