Monday, February 18, 2013

Meatless Monday - Cauliflower and Cashew Korma

We've added a slow cooker meal to our weekly menu plan - and since Kovas is trying to be vegan, the Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking cookbook has been my go to guide.  This week I made Cauliflower and Cashew Korma.

vegan cauliflower cashew korma
Cauliflower Cashew Korma

Coincidentally, the author of "Frazz" wrote about the toxins in cashews, so I did some quick research to make sure I wasn't poisoning my family:)


Though really seeds and not nuts, cashews grow inside of a shell-like structure that grows on a fruit. When buying “raw cashews” in the store, take note that these nuts have actually been steamed and are not entirely raw. This is because raw cashews contain urushiol, which is the same chemical that you’d find in poison ivy. It can cause the body to have a very similar reaction to one experienced from poison oak or ivy. If a high level of urushiol is ingested, it can be deadly. Cashew poisoning is rare, but those who handle them in order to manufacture them to get the shell off sometimes experience the side-effects (from http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-toxic-foods-we-love-to-eat.php).

Cauliflower and Cashew Korma

In large skillet over medium heat

1 Tbs coconut oil

Saute for 5 minutes, or until soft and aromatic
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp mustard seeds

Add
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cardamom
2 tsp Tandoori spice mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Transfer to slow cooker.  Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse until creamy
1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 8 hours or overnight

Add and blend until creamy
3/4 cup vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk
2 Tbs cornstarch

Add to slow cooker
1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into medium florets

Add blended nut mix to the slow cooker and stir well to combine.  Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Top with roasted cashews, fresh cilantro and season with salt and pepper.  Serve over rice.

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