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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vegan Thanksgiving :Stuffed Phyllo shells,Fruit and Nut Saffron Brown Rice Pilaf and Chocolate Pumpkin pie


We all have bountiful reasons to be thankful for ,its good to have a holiday to celebrate our well being and count our blessings.
A vegan thanksgiving may be unusual for many but essential for Vegans.For an all vegetarian meal use variety in the ingredients.I've put together some last minute thanksgiving meal ideas using relishing seasonal flavors.

Hors d'oeuvres(Appetizers)
Stuffed Phyllo shells make a quick appetizers. Let you vegan imagination run wild with the stuffing ideas.
Vegetable Couscous Stuffed Phyllo shells

Ingredients
1 cups Couscous
1/2 a small onion, chopped
1/2 small zucchini, diced
1/2 small yellow squash, diced
1 small tomato,finely chopped
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Chilly powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
cilantro or parsley for garnish.
1/4 cup silvered almonds for garnish

Heat a skillet over medium high flame. Add extra-virgin olive oil and onion . Saute for few seconds before adding turmeric, chilly powder and other dry spices. Add the diced zucchini and yellow squash and season with salt and pepper.Cook for about 10 minutes before adding the broth to the skillet and stir to combine. Simmer for couple of minutes and add couscous to the broth. Turn the heat off and cover the skillet and set aside for 5 minutes. Remove lid from the skillet and fluff couscous with a fork. Garnish with finely chopped tomato, cilantro or parsley and silvered almonds.Stuff in the shells and serve

Pomegranate and Cranberry Stuffed Phyllo shells

Heat a teaspoon of butter in a non stick pan. Saute a cup of fresh fruits like pomegranate and cranberries on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Cool and mix in some silvered almonds before stuffing in the shells.

Spicy Chickpeas(Chole)Stuffed Phyllo shells

1 cups canned or cooked chickpeas
1/2 a small onion finely chopped
1 small tomato finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon Cumin and coriander powder(or 1 teaspoon chaat masala)
Sea salt for seasoning
2 tablespoon Tamarind Date Chutney
1/4 cup bhel mix
Toss all the ingredients and stuff in the shells.


Main Course :Fruit and Nut Saffron Brown Rice Pilaf


Healthy Brown Rice with a nutty bite to it tastes perfect with succulent saffron,toasted almonds,walnuts,fresh pomegranate and sweet crisp onions.
Ingredients
4cups Brown Basmati rice or Basmati Rice
1/2 Cup Each of Toasted Almonds and Walnuts
1/2 cup fresh Pomegranate arils
Quarter of a red pepper,sliced
Few Whole Spices Cloves and cardamom
1 medium Onion ,Thinly Sliced
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoon warm milk
3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Method
Wash and soak rice for at least 30 minutes for Brown Rice.

Heat Oil in a Saucepan with lid on medium high heat .Fry the thinly sliced onions until lightly golden brown. Remove the fried onions and set aside.Add the whole Spices and saute for a minute .Add 6 cups of water,season with salt and bring to a boil.Drain the water from the soaking rice and carefully drop in the boiling water. Cook until almost done,about 20 minutes for brown rice,drain all the water in the rice using a colander. Lower the heat and transfer the rice back to the saucepan ,drizzle a tablespoon of Olive oil,sprinkle with saffron milk all over ,cover and let flavors infuse for 10 minutes.Before serving ,garnish with fruits ,nuts,sliced peppers and fried onions.Serve with Dal Makhani on the side.


Dessert : Eggless Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

For more such delightful festive Vegan food join in the Mansi's Vegetarian Thanksgiving Carnival.I'm sending rice pilaf recipe off to Srivalli's Rice Mela

bon appetit! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

31 comments:

Happy cook said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you all

Curry Leaf said...

Wow and Wow,Pass on the plates please,I am drooling here.

Chandani said...

lovely menu dear!! everything looks so inviting!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Happy thanksgiving to you... Lovely shells and I loved the fillings...

n33ma said...

Happy Thanksgiving!This is a good meal!Love the Pilaf.

DEESHA said...

Happy thanksgiving to you .. what a lovely spread of dishes Yasmeen

Cham said...

Such a great spread, Happy Thanksgiving!

Priya said...

Happy thanksgiving to you Yasmeen...lovely phyllo shells...everything looks delicious..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

woww.. those dishes look so rich and perfect for thanksgiving.

syeda said...

coool...wonderful! Pilaf looks gorgeous! Happy Thanxgiving!where is turkey..?

syeda said...

coool...wonderful! Pilaf looks gorgeous! Happy Thanxgiving!where is the turkey..?

Yasmeen said...
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Yasmeen said...

thanks every one!
Syeda, Vegan ka matlab ,no turkey;)

raaji said...

vow so many colorful dishes.....love to have them.....

Lisa said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am not a vegan but think everything looks so tasty.

Pam said...

Everything looks really pretty and tasty. Such clever recipes.

Vibaas said...

What a nice spread! Happy Thanksgiving!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i's start off with the pomegranate shells, then the rice, and finally the chocolate pumpkin cake!

Ann said...

What a treat yasmeen,how can one describe thanks giving more than this...Happy Thanks giving to you and family..

Uma said...

Wow, what a thanksgiving platter! Wish I could eat those from the pictures! Happy Thanksgiving!

SriLekha said...

wow!excelent and mouthwatering menu! plz parcel it for me! happy thanksgiving !

umelbanat said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you dear....WOW I envy those who eat out of your hands sister...masha Allah.

Cynthia said...

Now this is what is meant by having something different on the table. Excellent!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pearlsofeast said...

Excellent Spread Yasmeen.I love the pilaf and wonderful ideas for fill ups.

Jen said...

Happy Thanksgiving Yasmeen!

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

OMG!What a scrumptious spread!I so would love to try out each being a veggie :)

Happy Thanksgiving dear!

Adlak's tiny world said...

wow wat a lovely spread... Happy thanks giving dear. Gorgeous shell fillings.

Nick said...

I'm not a vegan,but at I don't think I'll miss turkey after eating such flavorful food.

Jason said...

Happy Vegan thanksgiving!

meeso said...

These all look gorgeous! Not only will they taste great, they have such a nice presentation!

Mansi said...

wow, that spread looks wonderful! I'm sure you had a great T-day meal!! thanks so much for sharing it with us:)

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