A filling pottage with lots of veggies, this Vegan Asopao (Rice and Garden Vegetables Pottage) is perfect to atone for days of excesses and give our bodies a rest.
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Do you ever feel like your body is asking you to slow down, to take it easy? Those are the moments when a dish like this comes handy.
Sometimes instead of the traditional asopao that is heavier on our organism, I raid my potted garden for herbs (basil, spring onions, parsley) and veggies (tomatoes, green and purple okra), and along with auyama to make something like this: Beautiful, tasty, comforting, light.
About this recipe
If you are scared of the "sliminess" of okra, fear not, a touch of Mizkan All Natural Rice Vinegar fixes that, and adds a very nice, very mild vinegary flavor. All and all another very enjoyable vegan recipe.
Vegan Asopao Recipe (Rice and Garden Vegetables Pottage)
- 1 cup of rice (carolina, medium grain)
- 3 tablespoon of olive oil
- 6 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon parsley , roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon basil , roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon chives , roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon of Nakano All Natural Rice Vinegar
- 1 lb [0.48 kg] of auyama (West Indian Pumpkin), diced
- 1 doz cherry tomatoes , halved
- ½ cup of sliced okra
- 1 ½ teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)
- Soak rice: Combine rice and 2 qrt [2 lt] of water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Separate rice and liquid and set both aside for later use.
- Sauté vegetables: In a deep-bottom pot heat the oil over very low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic has turned soft and release its aroma. Stir in parsley, basil, chives. Pour in water (in which you had previously soaked the rice) and increase heat to medium-low.
- Cook rice: When the water breaks the boil, stir in rice and auyama. Simmer covered, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, okra, and vinegar. Simmer until the vegetables are cooked through and the rice has opened (about 15 minutes). Season with salt to taste.
- Serve: This can be served alongside a few slices of avocado or some tostones.