Quick, easy & delicious, this Vegan Polenta stir-fry with Iranian spices is perfect for a better-than-takeout weeknight dinner! It’s free of soy & gluten.
For someone who recently discovered Polenta, I am falling in love with it! When Ancient Harvest reached out to me asking if I could try cooking something with Polenta, I must admit that I had to google it first. In the recent times, this is the only ingredient that was totally alien to me. I had never heard of nor seen not tasted it. They sent me a couple of flavors over for testing. The first dish I made with it was Vegan & Gluten- Free Polenta & Cilantro Savory Bites. We loved it so much that I have made it more than 4 times ever since. Wondering what it is? Read on.
Polenta is a traditional Italian dish made from ground cornmeal. It’s best compared to American grits. While Grits are traditionally made from dent corn, polenta is made from flint corn. This gives grits a slightly mushier texture, while polenta is known for its coarseness. I also discovered that they are extremely nutritious. They are low in calories, is vegan, gluten free, rich in vitamins and minerals. Since I had prepared an appetizer with it before, I wanted to try cooking something very different with it. That is why I thought of making a quick stir-fry!
Having friends who also travel is a great bonus! Why? Because wherever they travel, you end up getting souvenirs. Now that all of them know that only food related gifts excite me, they know what to get. It’s either some local quirky photo props or some local spices. That is how I landed upon a pouch full of Iranian spices. It’s aromatic and lends a very new flavor to the dish. I had used it once to make my Dal and now I decided to make Polenta stir-fry using Iranian spice. Since its a small pouch, I want to use it sparingly till I get it refilled or learn to make it at home.
For this recipe, I have used the heat and eat Polenta by Ancient Harvest. This is easily available at all leading grocery stores like Publix, Walmart, Trader Joes, etc. So the first step is to cook the polenta. Open the package and slice polenta. Grill them in a pan using little oil. Once done, cut them in small bite sized pieces. Heat oil in a pan. Add and fry minced garlic and chopped onion till the onions turn translucent. Then add the Iranian spice mix, curry powder, salt, pepper, turmeric powder and cinnamon powder. Mix and fry for 2 minutes. Then add the chopped polenta, chopped cilantro and saffron. Give it a good mix and serve immediately.
Iranian Style Gluten Free Polenta Cake Stir Fry makes for a great side or as a full meal on a weeknight. You can also enjoy it as is like a snack. If you do try this recipe, please do share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. This will keep me motivated to develop more interesting recipes. Click a pic and post it with the hashtag #cookiliciousveg . I would love to see your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
- 18 oz polenta
- oil for grilling
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 onion
- 5-6 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp Iranian spice mix
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper powder
- salt as required
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 10-12 strands saffron
- The first step is to cook the polenta. Open the package and slice polenta.
- Iranian Style Gluten Free Polenta Cake Stir Fry makes for a great side or as a full meal on a weeknight.
- Grill them in a pan using little oil. Once done, cut them in small bite sized pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan. Add and fry minced garlic and chopped onion till the onions turn translucent.
- Then add the Iranian spice mix, curry powder, salt, pepper, turmeric powder and cinnamon powder.
- Mix and fry for 2 minutes. Then add the chopped polenta, chopped cilantro and saffron.
- Give it a good mix and serve immediately.
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Cabbage & Lentil Stir-Fry | Cabbage Upkari Recipe, Cauliflower & Broccoli Stir Fry in Chimichurri Sauce, Vegan Sesame Flavored Green Beans Stir Fry, Easy 15 minute Asian Noodles Stir Fry, Indian Style Veggies Stir Fry | Varuval, Achari Butternut Squash & Green Beans Stir-Fry, Japanese Eggplant Tofu Thai Basil Stir-fry, Mushroom Kalan Masala/ Mushroom Stir Fry and Chickpea Stir Fry/Tawa Chole are some stir fry recipes that you can out on weeknights! Each one is easy to make and extremely flavorful.