Another vegetarian dish to show that vegetarian food isn't boring and can be very nice. This time I prepare vegetarian meatballs in tomato sauce. No, this is not because I want to replace meat although that argument is perfectly acceptable if you want to become vegetarian because you don't want animals suffer but have difficulties not eating meat. I eat it because the vegetarian balls are very nice and the sauce is totally veggie. Let's start ...
|Fig. 1: Vegetables to prepare the sauce.|
PreparationFirst I cut some garlic into small pieces, fried them a little in olive oil and then added rice for a short period to fry the rice shortly but also to allow it to absorb the oil and garlic flavour before adding water. Then I boil the rice so it can take up the water and after about 20 min (depending from the rice) the rice is ready.
|Fig. 2: Vegetarian meat balls.|
Next I melt the garlic butter in a baking pan, together with a little olive oil and fry the peanuts a little before adding the asparagus and some of the courgette, red pepper and onion. I also add herbs according to taste and when the vegetables becomes slightly brown, I add about half of the leek and other sprouts and the almond nuts, some garlic and ginger pieces. After another few minutes, I transfer everything into a large pot while I add the rest of the vegetables and garlic and mix it well (Fig. 3). By doing so, the same vegetables add slightly different flavours to the sauce as some vegetables are boiled while others are bakes/boiled. Finally, I add tomato puree and water and half a vegetarian bouillon block and let it heat up. Ones the sauce starts boiling (bubbling), I let it continue to boil on a lower fire to allow all vegetables become soft but also the flavours can mix.
|Fig. 3: Nice mixture of vegetables, almost a pity I will add tomato sauce while the rice is at the background, ready to serve.|
|Fig. 4: Ready for serving.|