|Raw Vegan Saag (Creamed Curry Saag Spinach) from Ani Phyo's New Raw Food Asia Book.|
I am a big fan of Ani Phyo. Her dishes are usually not overly complicated and she isn't an OCD raw foodist. She eats fats, mushrooms, and yes, even the forbidden cashews!! And in her latest book, Raw Food Asia, she recreates favorites in a raw food form. This book has dishes from China, India, Korea, Vietnam, Japan. and MORE! I was delighted to find Saag in there!! I love raw spinach dishes because the spinach remains bright green. It doesn't get all of it's color cooked out of it! If you are totally lazy, like me, you can buy prewashed spinach and that makes it even easier. I buy one pound for about 6 dollars, so I don't think it is even much more expensive than the loose leaf. I have weighed bunches of greens before, and it takes at least 2 usually, to get to a pound.
|Ani Phyo's Raw Food Asia|
Cashews, Garlic, Cumin Coriander, Lemon Juice.
This book has wonderful photographs as well, like her first one! I know people missed the photos in her "Raw Food Essentials" book (I love that book!). Photos from all of the Asian countries. She also puts symbols by each recipe, so you know what tools you need without reading the whole recipe. The Saag has a picture of a food processor and a knife. Tools pretty much everyone has. The book even has Bul-go-gi, Raw Tamarind Sauce, and Bi-bim-bop. Of course she talks about a lot more than food in these chapters as well. There are even a few recipes for Non Toxic cleaners!
|And the Mighty Food Processor! You make a paste from the Cashews, Onion, Ginger, & Coconut Oil first.|
|You add your spinach.|
|And seriously, you are done. Who says raw food has to be Woody Allen Complicated?|
A few easy steps, no neurotic bullshit. And you have Raw Vegan Saag.
Oh, it's delicious too!! It is RICH though!!
I am such a book geek that I pre-order them as soon as there is a link!! And this one looks awesome!! The only pitfall for me, is that I still haven't learned a VERY safe way to open coconuts and she has several recipes that use coconut wrappers (pretty normal for raw food books). But most of the recipes are pretty easy and looks like I will be making lots of Kimchi, Namuls, and Asian goodies this summer.
A clip of an interview with Ani Phyo.