It's often the spices that make the dish. My basic meals typically consist of anything I find from the fridge fried in a pan. Today it meant:
- 1 potato
- 1 cauliflower
- 1 beet
- 1 apple
- 1 onion
- 1 cup of textured soy protein strips (Wow, that sounds healthy! Can someone please tell me if there exists some handier name for this in English?)
- 1 dl sunflower seeds
With a little oil, garlic and chili this is already tasty in its own right.
This time however, I added some stuff in order to imitate Indian cuisine: curry, turmeric, ginger, lemon pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and at the very end 2 dl coconut milk. And of course we enjoyed the pan with lentils as sidekick.
But trying to spice it in a Finnish way I'd have to be more subtle. The idea is to emphasize the tastes of the ingredients, not to cover them. This I imagine is best done with herbs like chives, marjoram or caraway, pine leaves, juniper berries or lingonberries, perhaps even a drop of dark syrup. And this is of course best served with creamy barley grains.
Nutritional values / 1010 g (without the coconut milk or lenses)
energy 1002 kcal
fat 62 g
protein 48 g
carbohydrates 66 g
fiber 34 g