It was a chilly day here in the Bahamas so I was in the mood for something spicy! This raw vegetable curry was pretty tasty and satisfied my craving for a warming meal.
This recipe features raw asparagus. It seems that many people don’t consider asparagus as a salad vegetable but it actually can be quite delicious when eaten raw. It is crisp and slightly sweet and goes well in dishes when you are looking for a nice, crunchy texture.
According to Norman Walker – the juicing advocate who lived to the age of 99 – eating raw asparagus helps to break up oxalic acid crystals embedded in the kidneys and muscular system. He advises that asparagus be consumed in moderation because of its strong cleansing qualities for the kidneys and bladder. Walker also explains that cooked asparagus not only loses its nutritional value but has a tendency to irritate the kidneys.
So there are definitely health benefits to consuming raw asparagus!
In this recipe I included other vegetables including zucchini, red pepper and tomato but you could vary it depending on what you have available. Others that would work well include summer squash, snow peas, red cabbage or Napa cabbage.
This curry was pretty mild. The level of spice will vary depending on which brand of curry powder you use. If you like it extra spicy you could add cayenne or some additional jalapeño.
Vegetables with Orange Curry Sauce
4 small-medium zucchini, julienne
1 red pepper, julienne
1 large tomato, julienne
6 stalks asparagus, julienne
2 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
3 small navel oranges, chopped
1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked
2 medjool dates
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white miso
1 tablespoon mild curry powder
1/2 jalapeño, diced
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
4 cups baby spinach
4 tablespoons fresh mint, sliced thin
Begin by combining all your veggies in a large bowl. I cut the asparagus into julienne slices but larger pieces would work fine as well.
Then make your sauce by combining everything in a blender and blending until smooth. At the moment I only have a regular blender so the sauce still had some texture. If you have a high-speed blender you could make it creamier if you like.
Toss the sauce with the vegetables and mix well.
Then place individual servings on a bed of baby spinach and top with the sliced mint leaves.
This is just one example of a recipe that can help you eat a raw food diet as the weather starts to turn colder.
Do you have any favorite recipes or tricks for eating a raw food diet in cold weather?