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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DanceAfrica Eats:
Nyota's Vegan Chopped Barbecue and Spinach Mushroom Curry

Nyota's Ting at the DanceAfrica Bazaar. 
Anyone who's ever been to the DanceAfrica Bazaar knows that the food is outstanding. Powdered sugar-dusted funnel cakes, flaky fried fish, roasted corn on the cob, green beans, and decadent mac and cheeses come to mind, not to mention the fantastic lemonade served by the bucketful.

For those who'd prefer to steer clear of meat this Memorial Day weekend while sauntering among the bazaar's over-300 vendors, keep Nyota's Ting vegetarian cuisine in mind.  

A Queens-based gourmet catering company in operation since 1978, Nyota's Ting has been a DanceAfrica Bazaar staple for almost as many years. Its specialty: a variety of non-dairy raw and vegetarian dishes prepared with a Caribbean and soul food spirit.

We caught up with Nyota this week and asked her if she might be willing to part with a few recipes for dishes she'll be serving this weekend. Lucky for us, she agreed. Have a go at Nyota's Vegan Chopped Barbecue and Spinach Mushroom Curry, or stop by her booth at the bazaar and let the master show you how it's done.

Vegan Chopped Barbecue

2 cups texturized vegetable protein granules (TVP)*
2 cups hot water
1 cup chopped red or green pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped cilantro
½ cup of chopped fresh garlic and ginger
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic granules
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons of coriander
2 ½ cups barbecue sauce

Add TVP to hot water and let stand. In a wok or frying pan, heat oil and add chopped peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, and cilantro. Sauté until soft. Next, add all spices, stirring continuously over medium flame. Add TVP and barbecue sauce. Mix all ingredients and let simmer for 5 minutes.

*Note: TVP is a soy product

Live Spinach Mushroom Curry

2 cups raw baby spinach
½ cup chopped scallions
¼ cup diced red onion
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup chopped red pepper
1½ cups sliced mushroom
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon onion granules
1 tablespoon garlic granules
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
Braggs Liquid Aminos to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ cup water

Optional: your favorite salad dressing

Mix all dry ingredients then add lime juice, Braggs, water, and salad dressing. Toss and it’s ready.

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