Masala Colorful Bell peppers and Mushrooms! Vegetables made in unbelievably delicious Indian and North African spice mixes/masalas with some vegan bits! For the ones who think veggies are boring or just have no clue what to do with them: masalas are the answer!
Last week I made potato filled rotis (breads) and I ate them with a delicious and colorful vegetable mix. Of course I wanted to match these rotis with an equally Indian vegetable mix. So masalas stepped in while preparing the veggie dish! For the ones who don’t know what a masala is. It is a beautiful mix of different spices that are used in Indian dishes. Think of spices such a coriander, mustard, cumin, turmeric powder (curcuma) onion seed and black pepper. There are different kinds of masalas. It all depends on the kind and quantity of different spices. Those delicious curries you eat at Indian restaurants often contain many of the above named spices. These spices are not only delicious but have proven to have many health benefits too. To read more about these benefits click on this link : https://draxe.com/garam-masala/
I often make vegetables and potatoes in a masala. My parents come from Surinam (South America) and the masala mixes they used there and still use here in Holland, differ from the ones that are often used in India where we originally come from. However, moving from one country to another is not the only reason our dishes and spice mixes are different. People often think of India as one big country but it is actually more like a continent. People speak different languages and eat different foods in the northern part than people in the southern part. My great grand parents moved from some part (North-East) of India to Surinam so they must have taken their own food habits from there to Surinam. Through time, other cultures influenced our eating habits and vice versa.
To bring all these differences of cultures together, I have made this vegetable mix with a bit of garam masala, a bit of tandoori masala and some Ras el Hanout (North African spices). The result was a colorful and greatly spiced vegetable dish that can be eaten with rice, potatoes or soft rotis and naans. Read on for the recipe!