Bombay Vegetable Sauce
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 15 min
1 Place the 4 kinds of seeds and the cardamom into a dry non-stick frying pan. Cook and stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat, cool, then crush using a mortar and pestle. Mix in the turmeric and black pepper. Set aside.
2 Place the vegetable broth in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic and cinnamon stick. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add the three kinds of peppers and the mushrooms. Cook and stir for 3 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, garbanzos, spinach, chutney, and 1/4 cup of the reserved tomato juice. Cook and stir for another 3-4 minutes. Season with a bit more pepper and some salt, if desired. Stir in the cilantro and let rest for a minute before serving.
3 Serve over brown rice, other whole grains, or in a bowl with some fresh Indian naan bread to soak up the juices.
4 This takes quite of bit of preparation, but then it goes together rather quickly. I have prepared all the spices and the vegetables a day ahead of time, and then easily cooked this just before serving. When fresh tomatoes are in season, I like to use them in this dish for a more authentic flavor. Use about 5 tomatoes, peel them with a serrated vegetable peeler, then coarsely chop them before using. You will also need to use an extra 1/4 cup of vegetable broth in place of the reserved tomato juice.