Since tomorrow brings another farmer's market with more vegetables, I thought I would recap what's been made this past week. Does anyone else struggle with making sure nothing spoils in the back of the fridge or the bottom of a drawer? I know it's happened to me more often than I would like to admit... so here's last week's recap:
Tossed Salad (lots of it)
Steamed Bok Choy with Ginger
Asian-style Lettuce Wraps
Dhal with Methi (fenugreek leaves)
Guacamole and Chicken Roast used up the cilantro
Russian Kale Thoran (Malayalee sauteed vegetable)
A little bit about Thoran. This is a common way to prepare vegetables in Kerala cooking - it's simple, healthy, and tasty. To prepare, you first fry mustard seed, then add in onions, grated coconut, green chilis, curry leaves, and turmeric. In the case of dark green vegetables, I like to add in some cooked masoor dhal, a couple cloves of garlic, a little bit of cumin and chili powder. I mash all these ingredients into a coarse paste and add it to the mustard seed. Once your onions are cooked through and the coconut is toasted, you add in your chopped vegetables. Season with salt. Cover the mixture and let it cook through.
While making the thoran, I just had to take some pictures of my little assistant. He really likes to be in the middle of all the action which in this case means he's on the kitchen floor playing on his activity mat with his little birdie.