Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vegetable Gumbo (Serves 4)

Okra and chickpea Gumbo

Vegetable gumbo

It's Mardi Gras time in the Cajun Country and we are celebrating this carnival season with the gulf coast's very own "Gumbo". Gumbo is a stew or soup which originated in south Louisiana and is one of the signature dishes that arguably earned Louisiana the title of the culinary capital of the US. Traditionally it consists primarily of a strong stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable "holy trinity" of celery, bell peppers, and onion. The two main  varieties of gumbo are the creole gumbo generally containing shellfish, tomatoes, and a thickener and Cajun gumbo which is generally based on a dark roux and is spicier, with either shellfish or fowl. Here we are presenting the third variety namely the meatless gumbo z'herbes is essentially a gumbo of slow-cooked greens sometimes thickened with roux. The recipe follows...

Olive oil 1 tsp
All purpose flour ½ TBSP
Red onion 1 medium, chopped
Celery  1 stalk, chopped
Green bell pepper 1 small, chopped
Vegetable broth/water 1 cup + 1 cup
Tomato 2 medium, chopped
Chickpeas 1 cup, cooked (or canned)
Okra, cut to chunks (rounds) 1 cup (fresh or frozen)
Black pepper powder ½ tsp
Bay leaf 1 no
Red chilly powder ¼ tsp
Tabasco pepper sauce or hot sauce ½ TBSP
Garlic 1 pod, finely chopped
Additional broth or water 1 cup

Vegetable gumbo ingredients

Okra and chickepea gumbo

Preparation

In a microwave safe bowl add the chopped tomato with 1 cup water. Cook this in the microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.

In a deep bottomed pot at medium heat, add the olive oil and sauté garlic, chopped onions, green bell peppers and celery. Cook these until the onions turn translucent. Then add the flour and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes or until flour is browned (this is to make the roux). Next add the cooked tomato along with the water, the other 1 cup broth or water stirring well to combine. Now add all the remaining ingredients starting from chickpeas, okra, pepper powder, bay leaf, red chilly powder, hot sauce and salt. MIX WELL.

Okra and chickpea gumbo

Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 30 minutes, so that all flavors are infused into the gumbo. Switch off flame and serve over white rice. You can also serve rice mixed in gumbo, the way I like to eat it ..

Notes: The gumbo should have a chunky soup consistency, so add more water or broth if needed.

Vegetable gumbo

Cheers!!!
Suji

42 comments :

  1. Love the gumbo idea!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Oh - love the photographs too

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  2. Lovely and delicious recipe.. simply awesome !!

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  3. beauitful pic....tempting curry!

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  4. Looks delicious and nice clicks dear

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  5. Very good recipe :) Good Job!!!

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  6. Healthy one pot curry...filling and tasty

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  7. ow..itz new for me...beautiful suji..

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  8. Quite a new dish to me.nice clicks too

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  9. Yummo Gumbo..thanks for this awesome veg version :)


    US Masala

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  10. New dish to me.. it looks yumm thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Wow pictures are amazing and the dish too.. love it .

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  12. Never added Bhindi in a liquid curry, this looks good!
    Lite Bite

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  13. This one is truly rich Gumbo! Thanks for those explanations! loved it, healthy!

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  14. Vegetable gumbo looks delicious. nice recipe

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  15. Luv the gumbo .... I could have never thought of okra with garbanzo ! Looks delicious and lovely clicks !!

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

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  16. Thanks for sharing the "Jumbo" Gumbo neighbour , really liked it !!!

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  17. Never thought about veggie version of gumbo! thanks for sharing the recipe dear!

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  18. New dish to me,sounds delicious and healthy..nice clicks dear.

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  19. Simply marvellous vegetable gumbo looks sooooo delicious, completely new dish for me;.

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  20. I love Cajun food and I'm loving the flavors in this spicy soup. Looks like a bowl of comfort! The pictures are beautiful and I loved that tiny yellow casserole!

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  21. ake mothathil thilangunallo..adipoli gumbo..yumm!!

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  22. This stewlooks wonderfully heartwarming nad delicious. Perfect with hot crusty bread in the winter.

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  23. Healthy and flavorful gumbo in a lovely pot.

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  24. This looks delicious..Do visit my space if time permitts..

    FunWidFud

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  25. Nice dish da..deserves a try..Adipolittoo.

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  26. Slurp,mouthwatering here, wat a delicious curry..

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  27. Lovely shots and dish! I'm so hungry right now...feel like grabbing that bowl over! :D

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  28. That's one delicious looking gumbo. Loving those okra and chickpeas :)

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  29. This gumbo is totally rocking ... lovely

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  30. wow...eye catchy clicks...love your presentation dear..
    Tasty appetite

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  31. Beautiful clicks..nice presentation and very sharp images.Nice dish too

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  32. wow very new to me but sounds gud and looks gr8

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  33. wow, beautiful pictures and delicious GUMBO!!

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  34. Feel like grabbing a spoon and dig in..looks super yummy and irresistible!

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  35. Adipoli gumbo!! Healthy n delicious! Pics kandappozhe decide cheythatha ethudane undakkannamenne..Taste enikishtapedumenne nalla urappundu..Eniyum enganathe easy louisiana recipes poratte :) Appol try cheythittu parayame..

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  36. Pinne pics adipoli aayittundu as usual..Nalla festive look undu..

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  37. superb gumbo.. I will surely try this...Very very YUmmy!!

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