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Melt 2T ghee in a lage saucepan and cook 1 chopped and seeded green pepper for 2 min. stirring constantly. Add 4 whole cloves, 4 cardamom pods, 2" stick cinnamon broken into 3 pieces and stir them in. Cook for a few more minutes. Stir in 1 finely chopped large tomato and cook for 5 min. more. Pour in 1 1/4 C uncooked basmati rice (you may use brown but should adjust cooking times.) Season with 2 t salt and 1/4 t ceyenne pepper. Stir to coat rice with sauce. Add 1/2 small eggplant cubed, 2 diced carrots, 1 C cauliflower florets and 3 C water. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 20 min. Turn off heat and let rice stand covered for a full 10 min. (do not skip this step.) After letting rice rest, stir in 1 C frozen peas. The heat from the rice will thaw them. You can serve this dish by itself or with a fresh green salad.
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Soak 1.5 C adzuki beans overnight in plenty of cold water. Drain and put in a large pan with 1.5 C well rinsed green lentils and at least 2X their volume of cold water. Boil hard for 10 min. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 20 min. more (until tender.)
Heat 2 T oil in a large pan. Add 2 grated carrots, 1/4 large red cabbage grated, 1t cumin, 1 t ground cinnamon, 1T fresh thyme, .5 t freshly grated nutmeg. Cook stirring frequently for 5 min. Add 2 diced parsnips, .5 head broccoli cut into florets, 1/4 cauliflower cut into florets, 4T tomato puree and 14oz can crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 more min. Add bean/lentil mixture and .5 C applejuice concentrate. The mixture should be soft but not runny.
Boil: 1 sm, cubed rutabaga, 3 med, cubed potatoes, 1 cubed parsnip until tender. Drain and mash with 1T butter/ghee or margarine and 1-2 T soymilk. Add 1-2 T tahini and about 2 T chopped parsley. Pour lentil mixture into an oiled baking dish and cover with topping mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 min until the topping is crunchy and golden. (I usually divide this into two separate casseroles and freeze one and serve the other. It really makes a lot.)