First time I tried the Sauteed Parsley dish was at my friend Kanthi Randeni’s place. She served a green leafy vegetable as a side dish, and asked me “Guess what this vegie is?”. It has a crunchy feel, nice texture, very tasty with a personality of its own. But I couldn’t tell what it was. I tried guessing, but could not ever imagine that this was a whole dish of parsley. I have been cooking with parsley, but never used parsley as the main ingredient in a dish. Parsley is normally used as a garnish in salad, or soups. If this was a play or a movie, parsley is always the supporting actor, or the side kick. But this Sauteed Parsley dish featured parsley as the main actor, and it was a delightful surprise. So wonderful, that I wanted to share this recipe.
Kanthi Randeni. my friend has many wonderful recipes that she showcased in her book Fusion Cuisine, Simple Easy to Make Recipes. She is a Canadian immigrant author who came from Sri Lanka and many of her recipes are her own creation. The book is made up of entirely vegetarian recipes. All recipes are simple and straightforward, ideal for the working person who does not have a lot of time to spend cooking.
Kanthi has a way of featuring a vegetable at its best, the way she gives Parsley in this dish the star attention, and I must say, it worked. Of course, there are always some picky eaters who don’t like parsley in a salad, and pick them out. But they might change their mind once they try this Sauteed Parsley Vegetable dish.
- Frying pan
- 2 pcs Medium sized onions finely chopped
- 1 bunch Parsley finely chopped
- 1 tbsp black pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 7 pcs fresh curry leaves dried, if fresh not available
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Wash parsley and curry leaves well, drain and chop into fine pieces
- Heat cooking oil in pan
- Add onions, parsley and curry leaves, and sautee for 3 minutes
- Add black pepper powder, salt and lemon juice
- Serve warm as a side dish or cold as a salad.
Once you discover the versatility of parsley, you can expand your parsley repertoire by cooking with parsley recipes, such as sauteed carrot parsley, sauteed mushroom parsley, parsley lemon rice.
Another variation for this recipe is Sauteed Garlic and Ginger Parsley. In this recipe, you cook the parsley in its entirety. Stem and all. Add garlic and ginger and drizzle with lemon juice after cooking. See below image on how to serve sauteed parsley as a side dish.
Parsley is one of the easiest home container gardening herb to grow. You can either grow parsley from seed or from cuttings. This is one of my spring project, and I will soon be blogging about my home grown parsley.
Here in Canada, we meet people from all around the world. They introduced diversity to our everyday meals. That is simply one of the joys of living in a multicultural country. Try out this Canadian yam salad with craisin recipe from my Canadian Venezuelan friend