🌽 Ital Suriname Corn Masala 🍛 Ital Is Vital

in Natural Medicine24 days ago

This corn masala is not a Surinamese recipe, it is my own invention, but since there are very few tasty vegan dishes here, I think this should be added to the culinary culture.

The state of agriculture in Suriname - low quality and little diversity

👎 Disappointing Corn 🌽

     I bought some corn from the hawker down the street. After removing the husks and cutting away all the rotten bits, I was left with 2 cups of corn kernels which costs me nearly $2.00 USD.

     At our new apartment, we only have a single electric hotplate and a rice cooker, a far cry from our 4-burner gas stove at the old apartment. Regardless of the circumstances, we still need to create delicious and healthy family meals, so we press on..

🌽🍅 Suriname Corn Masala Ingredients 🌶️🧅



⋆ bay leaves 2x
⋆ cumin seed - 2 tsp
⋆ oil - 3 tbsp
⋆ onion paste - 1½ cups (3 medium onions)
⋆ ginger/garlic/chili paste - (6 garlic cloves, knob of ginger, 1/2 Madame Jeanette pepper)
⋆ tomato puree - 1½ cups
⋆ coriander powder - 2 tsp
⋆ chili powder - 1 tsp
⋆ turmeric powder - ½ tsp
⋆ corn kernels (pressure-cooked 4 whistles) - 2 cups
⋆ sea salt - 1 tsp
⋆ garam masala - 1 tsp

👨‍🍳 Preparation Method 🔥


     Heat the oil in a pot or pan and fry the cumin seeds and bay leaves until fragrant.


     Quickly add the onion paste and fry on medium-high heat until the onion paste begins to brown.

     Change heat to low and saute the onions until reduced by more than 50%.


     Add the ginger-garlic-chili paste and continue to saute on low to medium heat.

     Continue sauteing until the paste has browned and caramelized a bit.


     Add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, and salt.


     Continue sauteing the tomato puree until it reduces and the oil begins separating.


     Now add the cooked corn, garam masala, and 1 to 2 cups of water depending on how thick you like your masala.

     Bring back to a simmer and cook for at least 5 minutes, or longer until you reach the desired consistency of your masala.

     We paired this dish with aloo roti and brown rice, and it was a perfect partnership. The heaviness of the potatoes complimented this rather light dish.



     We no longer have a gas stove or kitchen table and chairs like we did at the old place, but we are in a safer place, and eating on the ground again reminds us of the life we left behind in Cambodia, and the simple life we yearn to return to.

     Life in the western hemisphere just isn't meant for us, and we keep fighting for a door to open for us somewhere in the world. As of now, we still can't go to the USA or Cambodia, so we are without a land to call our own.

     We'll keep making delicious Ital food until we find a host country, and then we'll make more delicious food in our new country.


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Monkey B



I am not a vegan, but I know that there are many good recipes, what I love is salads, it is always good to learn something new, thanks for sharing this recipe of your authorship with us

Thank you very much @actioncats. We used to have a vegan restaurant in Cambodia, but none of our customers were vegans. I like to say we make vegan food for non-vegans. !ENGAGE 20

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It’s was delicious and it’s very long time to cook it. Thank you so much for make this food and share with us.

Thanks @sreypov. Yes, the corn was too dry, had to pressure cook it 4 times. We won't be buying corn again anytime soon, but it was delicious in the end. !ENGAGE 15

You are most welcome my heart 💜

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I am a corn lover so to me putting corn with those spices is just making my stomach gurgle right now. It is exactly what I would love a bowl of this minute.

I kind of like the idea of eating the floor when you have no choice. We did it in Mexico for three months because tables and chairs cost too much for us at the time.

I really can't wait until you post about your epic return to either of your homes.

I ate most of my meals on the floor in Cambodia for the last 10 years, but now that we are back on the ground again and furniture-less, we are missing home (Cambodia). Eating on the floor reminds us of the life we left behind. At least here there are no pets, so there isn't a constant whirlwind of animal drifting into our house and food.

Unfortunately the USA and Cambodia aren't in the cards, as we aren't allowed to go to either one as a united family. We are very anxious to leave Suriname though, and looking at Mauritius or Ethiopia at the moment as a new home with more economic opportunities and a cheaper cost of living.

Thanks for the culinary love. !ENGAGE 35

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Interesting recipe; working with what you've got and so you see we don't always need meat or meat product for a delicious meal.

Give thanks @tanjakolader. Ital is best for our family, but we sure wish there was more variety of fruits and vegetables like Cambodia. Suriname is even the first Caribbean country I've see without ackee fruit. We always adapt though, and as long as we have some spices, can always make something delicious. !ENGAGE 15

I know...
Agriculture should be more stimulated in Suriname, especially with the grounds we have

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