Tuesday, October 21, 2008
VeganMoFo: Aloo Gobi, Overcooked! & Homemade Granola
I didn't mean to, I swear! I think I may have cooked it too long because the cauliflower overcooked and started to fall apart. :( I arranged it so that you can't really tell in the photo. It still tastes good but doesn't look as nice as when the cauliflower florets are intact. I kind of combined and played with two different recipes, the Gobi recipe from 'Olive Trees and Honey' and the Aloo Gobi recipe from the 'Bend it Like Beckham' dvd. Yeah, really! If you have the dvd, there's a special feature where director Gurinder Chada gives a cooking lesson. The difference being the latter adds tomatoes which I highly approve of. Well, next time I will keep a good eye on my curry!
Why the heck has it taken me so long to finally make my own granola? My neighbor makes her own and she swears that you'll never go back to the boxed stuff ever again. And for me personally, I have never found the boxed stuff to be very good anyway. I always thought making your own was going to be a hassle. Boy was I wrong! I saw someone's photo of their homemade granola over at the PPK and I immediately got up from the computer, ransacked my cupboards for rolled oats, nuts and other stuff and got to work. This is what came out:
Gorgeous! My oven is hot so it came out a lot browner than I wanted but that only adds to the toastiness. Homemade granola + soymilk = Heaven in a bowl and Heaven for your budget. It's cheap. No more boxed granola for me....hell, no more overpriced boxed cereal period. I will be happy to eat this stuff for breakfast everyday.
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick oats)
1 cup slivered almonds (I buy this in bulk at Whole Foods and keep them in my freezer.)
1/2 cup raw walnuts (again, buy in bulk!)
1/2 cup dried coconut or flaked coconut
pinch of salt
a couple shakes of cinnamon
1/4 cup agave syrup + 1/4 cup maple syrup (if you don't have agave, use all maple syrup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (mix this in with the syrup first)
1/2 cup raisins
Mix all ingredients except for the raisins in a big bowl. Make sure the syrup is distributed throughout the ingredients. Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool, mix in raisins and store in an airtight container.