To honor Purim this year, I wanted to create a dish specifically to honor Esther. Hamantaschen are great but they do place all the focus on the story’s villain, Haman.
I would rather focus on Esther.
“What you focus on expands. So focus on what you want, not what you do not want.”
I find the Talmudic story of Queen Esther’s vegetarianism compelling and inspiring. (It appears in some manuscripts of Megillah 13b.) Esther needed to keep the laws of kashrut while hiding her Jewish heritage, so vegetarianism was the perfect solution. Based on what we know today, it’s highly possible that her switch to eating more fruits, vegetables, tubers, legumes, and whole grains impacted how she felt in her body and in the world.
This recipe was inspired by the Grain Bowl idea.
- 1 medium saucepan
- Vegetable peeler
- Box grater or julienne vegetable peeler
- Rice cooker
- For Rice
- 1 ½ cups Jasmine rice (to get 3 cups cooked)
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp brown sugar
- For lentils:
- 1 cup of lentils
- 4 cups of vegetable broth or water
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cups of julienne shredded carrots
- 3 cups of whole green beans
- 4 tomatoes
- 1 cup of whole pistachios
- 1 Tbsp Tahini
- ½ cup of orange juice
- 1 Tbsp rice milk
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pepper, optional
- Rinse the rice
- Place rice, turmeric, ground black pepper, salt and brown sugar in rice cooker and press cook
- While the rice is cooking, prep the vegetables and nuts:
- Julienne the carrots
- Steam the green beans
- Quarter the tomatoes
- Shell the pistachios and chop
- When rice is finished, assemble “Esther’s bowl” by placing all the the rice, vegetables and nuts neatly in the bowl.
- Serve the dressing on the side.
If you love this recipe, you’ll love The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals