Monday, June 28, 2010

Uganda Vegetables

I spent one semester of college living and working in Kampala, Uganda.  LOVED it.  Though it is really hot, Kampala is a beautiful place to take a stroll (green trees, red dirt roads, bright yellow sun).  And while we waere there I tried to take full advantage of the fresh fruits and veggies sold right on the street.  This meal was one of my favorite.  My friend who was with me lovingly called it, Vegetable Slam.
We had it every night we could.  A lady down the road cooked it in a big pot over a small, outdoor gas stove.

My family had it for dinner tonight and I remembered how good it was.  Here is the recipe.  If you are ever wondering if there is a delicious way to prepare eggplant, this is it.

-olive oil
-garlic (2 cloves)
-bell pepper (any color)
-3-4 tomatoes

-spaghetti (optional)
-peanuts (optional)

Heat the oil over medium heat on your stove top.  You can add oil as you cook to keep veggies from sticking.
Dice up all the vegetables.

I use my mini food processor for everything.  So... start with the onion and garlic and throw them into the pot!

Next, in go the carrots and bell pepper

Add the whole eggplant and wait till all the veggies are soft.  
Last vegetable; throw the tomatoes in.

Side note:  When our young African friend, Allen, fixed this meal on the side of the road in Uganda, she threw in a whole handful of salt!  I don't recommend that much but salt sure does make it tasty.
Let it all simmer about 20 min on LOW.

Don't they look so red and yummy?

Serve over spaghetti if you like.
Sprinkle with peanuts!
In Uganda, peanuts, or g-nuts as they call them, are very popular.  I used to buy little bags of peanuts everyday as I walked home from work.  I think that they really help make the meal unique to sprinkle them on top.  Plus, they make the meal a complete balance with protein and whole wheat pasta.
Don't be afraid to make an all veggie dish some times!!!
Love it!

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andreamichelle said...

WOW on the handful of salt. other than the handful of salk, I want to try this, you make it sound good.

Paige said...

Just wanted to come by and say "THANKS" for stopping by on my SITS day! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Bry said...

Mmmm this looks delicious! I would probably pass on the salt as well, as a preference for taste, but looking at that, my mouth watered! And after food poisoning thats almost entirely turned me off any type of food, thats a big accomplishment!

Mrs.Mayhem said...

Looks amazing. I would love to try the recipe. Any type of skillet would work?


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