Fresh Coconut and Almond Stir Fry – A Vata Recipe


A satisfying way to prepare young Thai coconut meat that’s somewhat reminiscent of calamari with Thai-style spices.
This recipe is vegan if you use sunflower or coconut oil, gluten-free, and great for Vata and Pitta doshas.

Flesh from 2 young coconuts, sliced into thin strips about 2 inches long
3 tablespoons ghee, sunflower oil, or coconut oil
1/3 cup smoked almonds or almonds lightly baked in Braggs amino acids or tamari, chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped leek
2 green zucchinis, sliced wafer thin
2 carrots, sliced wafer thin
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons tomato puree or organic ketchup
2 tablespoons Braggs amino acids
1/3 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh ground fennel seed
2 teaspoons Chef Johnny’s Vata seasoning
1/2 -1 cup vegetable stock or filtered water
2 teaspoons fresh turmeric root, grated
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
2 tablespoons fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoons fresh fennel fronds or parsley or thyme

Melt the ghee or oil in a saucepan on medium heat; add the leek, ginger, turmeric, and fennel seeds; sauté and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the coconut meat strips and sauté for 5 minutes; then add Vata spices, carrot, and zucchini; and stir. Place a lid on the pan and lower heat.
After 4 minutes, add the almonds, spices and herbs, Braggs, tomato puree, salt and pepper. Keep stirring and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, adding stock in small quantities to keep the dish from becoming dry.
Serve with quinoa, stir fried rice, steamed rice, kitchari, or noodles, and a small salad.

Makes 4 servings

About lilypod72

Liilamaya RYT500 by: Kula Collective & Raja Dhiraja Yoga teacher. She is also an Ayurveda therapist/educator and free-lance writer and contributor for Gaiam TV - My Yoga online and Elephant Journal, blogger of several wellness pages where she shares her passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with Yoga & Ayurveda. Liilamaya has over 16 years of experience teaching Yoga, runs International Yoga & Ayurveda retreats and is the Director of the "Yoga & Ayurveda school for the Healing Arts" (registered with Yoga Alliance) specializing in Yoga Teacher Trainings, Ayurvedic Therapies, Health & wellness in Mexico, Morocco and Ibiza. At LilyPod Yoga & Ayurveda we aim at restoring balance of body and mind through Ayurvedic consultations, Yoga Retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings, cooking classes, Ayurveda products, lifestyle Therapy programs, massage therapy, healthy tips, asana for your type and more… Learn, Teach, Inspire. Namaste

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