This hearty vegan dish has an addictive quality-with its fresh assortment of vegetables in a savory Indian fried rice. I love the idea of serving the dish in clementine cups—it totally ups the cuteness factor and uses Mother Nature’s bounty as a vessel.

Squash, carrots, jalapeños, and a fried cauliflower add their freshness here. The Indian spices add the richness. I have developed an entire party plan, based on flavors in Indian cuisine. If you are looking for more ideas for hosting a party with flavors of modern Indian cuisine check it out here.

MAKES 24 BOWLS

COOK THE RICE

1 1/2 CUPS basmati rice
2 1/4 CUPS water
1 1/2 TB coconut-canola oil

Put all the ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for 15 min. Turn off heat and let rice steam for 10 min more with cover on. Fluff rice with a fork.

FRY THE CAULIFLOWER

1/4 CUP chickpea-fava flour
1 tsp chill powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into tiny florets

coconut oil

salt

Mix dry ingredients, toss cauliflower florets in to coat. Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet, drop the cauliflower in (do not overcrowd). Allow to brown, about 3 min. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, set aside.

 

SAUTE THE VEGGIES

4 TB coconut oil
3 carrots, shredded

1 large yellow squash, shredded
3 jalapeños, diced
1-inch piece of ginger, shredded
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

3 scallions, cut into thin strips

Heat oil in a large skillet, add carrots, cook for 3 min. Add squash, jalapeños, ginger, garlic, s + p, saute for 5 min more. Add scallions, cook another minute or so. Turn off heat, keeping it in the pan.

TOAST THE SPICES

2 TB coriander
2 TB cumin
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp turmeric

In a separate pan, toast spices for a minute. Add to the vegetable mix.

MAKE THE CLEMENTINE BOWLS

12 clementines, cut in half

Remove the fruit from the oranges, by cutting around the edge of the peel, and scooping out the flesh. (Save for use in cocktails or smoothie.)

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

cooked basmati
cauliflower florets
vegetable mix

clementine bowls
slivered almonds, for garnish

Combine rice and cauliflower with the vegetables. Fill each clementine bowl with the rice mixture and garnish with slivered almonds.

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