Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Best Ever!

Indian Spiced Ratatouille

Wow... this was probably the best thing I've eaten in months. Or at least the most satisfying.

I am finding a really good balance in my cooked/raw world. I've decided that I am not going to eat anything unless I really love it and I'm going to eat what my body craves.
Not what my mind craves or the addictive nature of my wheat cravings.. but the true food that I want. Ever since Urban Vegan blogged about it, I have been thinking about it.
Waking up early this morning, I decided to get a pot on for lunch.. and to have on hand for the week... and being a person who likes one pot meals, soups and stews, I added some red lentils for protein.
I have been craving spice and a lot of ginger, so I made this on the hot side, but I'll post how I did it. It will probably be too spicy for your average folks, but this is what my body needs right now..

I couldn't wait til lunch, so I had a big bowl for breakfast.

Indian Spiced Ratatouille Stew
1 T coconut oil
1 T cumin Seeds
1 T coriander
2 T curry powder
1 large onion
10 cloves garlic (save 1 to press in just before serving)
1 T cayenne
1/4 c ginger, minced (I really like biting into a piece of ginger sometimes)
1 large eggplant, diced
2 zucchini sliced into half moons
1/2 c red lentils
1 c sun dried tomatoes (I have a bunch, so I used them but you can use fresh or canned tomato)
Veggie bouillon cube
water to cover
juice of 2 limes
1 bunch cilantro

In a heavy bottomed pan heat the oil and spices until fragrant then add the onions and garlic and a pinch of salt. Saute for several minutes then add the ginger, lentils and the rest of the veggies along with the bouillon cube and water. Bring to a simmer, cover and turn heat down to low and cook for several hours. Just before serving, add a fresh garlic cloves (pressed or grated), cilantro and lime juice. Taste an adjust seasoning and pass the siracha if you dare!

If you want less spice, add around 1/2 t of cayenne and 2 T of fresh ginger


  1. Holy yum, that sounds amazing - especially since it's full of SPICE!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  2. I'm also a lover of one pot meals. Leftovers for lunches are great.

  3. A tablespoon of cayenne - yikes! It looks delish. I'm a one-pot meal fan too.

  4. Can you believe I've never had red lentils?! I've eaten a crap ton of brown ones, but never red. I always thought they'd taste the same, but after seeing so many wonderful red lentil dishes on the blogs, I think I may be wrong about that. This looks wonderful!

    BTW, I love that your honoring what your body needs. My problem is convincing my head that my body doesn't need potato chips or French fries after drunken 3 a.m. binge fests...

  5. Your Indian-spiced ratatouille looks spectacular! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Your thoughts on only eating what your body craves and tastes good are wise words Melody. I have a bad habit of snacking, when usually all I want is something spicy and flavorful.

    Hope you're enjoying your new place.


  6. This fusion version sounds delectable, Mel!

  7. Mmm Indian ratatouille? Now THAT sounds like an amazing fusion of cultures.

    I'm craving ratatouille once again...

  8. I love that you had it for breakfast. We all need a little indulgence, don't we? :)

  9. I love Indian food so as soon as I saw you posted the recipe for Ratatouille Stew, I decided to cook it by myself. It is delicious, Thanks for sharing. I recommend to use buy kamagra as well. It is my secret ingredient