San Francisco Treat (Curried Vegetables)

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I am very fortunate to have friends, Nicole and Amish, who live in San Francisco.  Nicole and I have known each other since we were two-years-old and we have remained great friends throughout the years.  Nicole married Amish a few years ago, and I had the privilege to participate in their wedding.  Amish is from Nepal but came here for his masters degree.

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The first day (Friday) I arrived in San Fran, Nicole took me to Pacifica Beach to visit the tide pools.  We mostly saw small crabs, sea anemones, and jelly fish.  I wish all flights ended in such a relaxing style.

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After the beach, we went to their house for dinner.  Amish is the master of making curry sauces, so I asked him to share a healthy version of his recipe with my readers.  He agreed to make a cauliflower/potato curry and an eggplant curry.

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Amish’s Nepali Curried Eggplant and Curried Cauliflower
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Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • For the Curried Eggplant
  • 3 Asian eggplants, cut into 4 inch strips
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into thin slices
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • ½ inch of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) of mustard oil
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 handful of chopped cilantro for garnish
  • For the Curried Cauliflower:
  • 2 small potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bited sized pieces
  • 6 garlic gloves
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled
  • 20 Fenugreek seeds (or cumin seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) of mustard oil
  • 1 handful of chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions
  1. For the Curried Eggplant:
  2. In a blender combine garlic gloves, peeled ginger, and one teaspoon of water and blend until it forms a paste. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder to the paste and set aside. Heat mustard oil on medium/high heat in a large pot. Add onion to the hot oil. Once the onion have turned translucent (about 2 minutes), reduce the heat to medium and mix in the paste. Add the eggplant strips to the mixture. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the diced tomato and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the eggplant is very tender and the tomato has broken down. Garnish with cilantro.
  3. For the Curried Cauliflower:
  4. In a blender combine garlic gloves, peeled ginger, and one teaspoon of water and blend until it forms a paste. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder to the paste and set aside. Heat mustard oil on medium/high heat in a large pot. Add fenugreek seeds to the hot oil. Once the fenugreek seeds turn black, reduce the heat to medium and mix in the bay leaves and then the paste. Add the cut cauliflower and potatoes to the mixture. Cover the pot and cook for 7 minutes until tender. Stir occasionally throughout cook time. Garnish with cilantro.

 

Amish thought he was being sly, but I saw him sneaking in extra tablespoons of mustard oil!

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Amish is a scientist at Genentech, and I may have accidently purposely scheduled my visit to San Fran during Genentech’s private concert they hold for their employees every year. Genentech rented out the entire AT&T stadium for the concert and provided free food, drinks, and alcohol!  Famous, and I mean famous, artists performed for us.  This year they had Demi Lovato, Nickelback, Pitbull and Train!  Call me lucky!!!

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That’s Demi Lovato behind us!  I will admit it… I’m a fan!

After the concert we wandered around the city and stumbled upon the Seven Sisters. You may recognize these houses from a little show called Full House.

IMG_0268_smallIsn’t this couple above adorable!

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Nicole and Amish have a raspberry bush in their backyard, and I probably ate at least 20 berries straight from the bush before we moved on to our next Adventure for the Soul.

 

 

On my last day in San Fran, we only had a few hours before my flight so we visited the Golden Gate Bridge and Japantown.

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It was very cold, windy, and foggy by the bridge but it was well worth it!

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In Japantown, I was super excited to find chia seed lotion-water.  However, after trying the  sample, I was not much of a fan.  It left a sticky residue behind.

 

 

 

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities.  Each neighborhood has a unique culture and microclimate.  I think it would take months to see everything this city has to offer, and I plan to return soon to visit Nicole, Amish and other friends in the area.

8 thoughts on “San Francisco Treat (Curried Vegetables)

  1. Jillienne, it looks like you had a great time. I hope you told Amish and Nicole hi for me. She sent me pics of their wedding and I used to talk to them on FB. They are the cutest!!!!! I’m so happy to see them look so happy together. The dishes Amish prepared look delocious, I’ll have to try them. You look like you had a great time. The concert looked fun also. When is your open house for your work? Do they still have it? Glad you’re home safely and you had a great time.

    • Amish and Nicole say hello back. We had a great time together, and I can’t wait to return.

      Open house was closed this year due to funding issues. Maybe next year…

  2. Thanks for visiting us Jillienne and trying the Nepali curry recipe. It was fun to go to San Francisco and attend the concert. You did a good job of remembering recipe without writing a note :)

    Let us know when you want to visit next year. You are always welcome.

    P.S: How did you see me sneaking extra tablespoon of oil? lol…

  3. Such delicious vegetables and spices. Can we have an encore presentation with a spinach and cumin seed recipe and a healthy milk tea recipe?!

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