Lahmucan (Turkish Pizza)

Ingredients:lahmucan
3 Eggplants, roasted
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon tamari (or light soy sauce)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon kirmizi biber, or combination sweet paprika and cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Dough
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon agave nectar (or other sweetener)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 yeast packet

Directions:
Rinse and dry each eggplant and slice them in half. Score each half in a diamond, cross-hatch pattern. Place all 6 halves on wire roasting rack. Heat oven to 400 degrees and cook for 40 minutes.

While the oven is heating up combine all ingredients in order, in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer on a low setting mix dough until it forms a ball. Cover and set dough aside for 40 minutes while the eggplant roasts.

Let the eggplant cool for about 10 minutes. Add the onion and red pepper along with some water, curry powder and tamari and saute for about 10 minutes. Once the eggplant has cool scoop the inside and place in a food processor along with the tomato paste and kirmizi biber. Puree until ingredients are combined. Add the sauteed onion, red pepper and parsley and pulse to break down. The vegetables shouldn’t be completely broken down, but have some minor chucks.

Once the dough as risen, roll it out and divide into 4 separate pieces. With a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough to resemble a single serving pizza. Top each piece of dough with the eggplant mixture. Cook each Lahmucan for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

Serving Size: 4

Nutritional Facts: 1 Lahmucan
Calories: 463
Total Fat: 2.4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 588.9 mg
Potassium: 1287.8 mg
Total Carbs: 91.8 g
Protein: 16.5 g

Notes: This was also the second time I made Lahmucan, the first time time from Vegan Magic, which I think lacked flavor. I continued reading other sites and saw a pureed eggplant mixture using assorted spices. Not sure the tamari was needed when sauteing the onion and red pepper. If you are not a curry fan, you could probably do without the powder and not lose much flavor.

You can adjust the amounts of flours to your liking. I do want to try spelt and besan. Lahmucan can be eaten folded up, but with the dough recipe above it was not very pliable and the dough ended up tearing as I ate away.

Source: I pulled this recipe together referencing a few different website including Vegan Magic and Food Network. In the ended I combined what I read into my own recipe.

Black Bean Spread

INGREDIENTS:
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon ground cumin
⅛ teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
Salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor fitted with the S blade, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt if desired.

SOURCE: The Daily Green

Singapore Noodles

Ingredients
1 lb. dry vermicelli pasta
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 onion, sliced thin
2 carrots, sliced thin (optional)
2 celery stalks, sliced thin (optional)
1 Cup bean sprouts
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. soy sauce (low sodium)
3 Tbsp. curry powder
1/4 Cup water

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the vermicelli noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. In a high sided pan or wok heat the oil. Add the chicken and garlic and cook until the chicken is browned. Reduce the heat to medium-low add the onion, carrots and water. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and green onions.

Mix in the soy sauce, curry powder and bean sprouts. Stir until the dish is blended and hot, cook for 5-7 minutes. Toss in the noodles and serve with a chili sauce or soy sauce.

Notes
I know I was looking for the proverbial “needle in a haystack” went I searched the Internet for a recipe for Singapore Noodles, which is Asian for “clean out the fridge.” I am quite spoiled because of the dish that is served in Oakland at Phnom Penh. He makes an outstanding noodle dish with chicken, add some of this signature chili sauce and it’s a dish to die for. My attempt didn’t come close to what they serve, but in a pinch it works. Unfortunately I have yet to duplicate the chili sauce, nonetheless this is still good, either as a side dish or a main course.

You can serve this dish meatless or add pork, shrimp or beef if desired. I prefer chicken in my Singapore Noodles. You can also add or delete any of the above vegetables depending on what you have in your refrigerator. I prefer my noodles with bean sprouts, firm tofu and green onions and a crushed peanut topping. Experiment and see what works best for you.