Curry in a Hurry

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As a cold front hit the south island it brought snow to Dunedin, a good 4 inch’s or so and it’s not officially winter yet. I was feeling a little cold so I decided that it was a perfect day for a nice curry.

As I didn’t have any meat in the fridge or on hand to defrost  I decided it was going to be a chunky vegetable red curry. With soft melt in your mouth chunks of pumpkin, flavour bursting cauliflower and carrots you can’t beat anything like this!

This is a great affordable dish to make, with most ingredients already in the cupboard at home it is perfect mild curry fit for anyone meat lover or vegetarian. With only a mild spice flavour it is a perfect curry for kids or people who don’t like as much heat.

Seasonal Vegetable Curry
with
 Cumin & Black Sesame steamed Rice

Ingredients:

2 onions, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. canola oil
4 1/2 tbsp. red curry paste
1 tsp. mild curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 head cauliflower, large florets
1/2 small pumpkin, large dice
3 carrots, large chunky slice
1 ltr. vegetable stock
1 can coconut cream
2 tsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. corn flour = 3 tbsp. water
salt and pepper

2 tbsp. fresh coriander, ripped
150 gm plain unsweetened yoghurt

Cumin and Black Sesame Rice
2 tsp. black sesame seeds
2 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted
steamed rice

Method:

  1. In a Large pot, heat oil over a very low heat.
  2. Add onions and sweat without colouring for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add curry paste, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, curry powder to the onions. Cook for 5 minutes stirring well, the mix with become very aromatic.
  4. Add prepared vegetables and stir coating the vegetables in the curry paste.
  5. Add stock and coconut cream stir well and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. After 30 minutes add fish sauce  and check the seasoning adjust it to suit.
  7. Make a slurry of corn flour and water, add this to your slow simmering vegetables. Stir in gently.
  8. Simmer for another 30 minutes, only stir occasionally you don’t want to break up the vegetables too much, while this is cooking it would be a good time to steam your rice.
  9. Pour curry into serving bowl, top with fresh coriander and dollops of yoghurt. Sprinkle steamed rice with the toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.
  10. Serve, enjoy how it is or serve with nanas, or hot flat bread.

Serves: 6-7 people, perfect when frozen and re-heated for lunch or a fast dinner.

This is a great curry to have even though it doesn’t contain any meat it is defiantly a stomach fuller, hearty chunks of naturally sweet pumpkin and carrot with flavour packed cauliflower. This curry was sure a hit for lunch today and possibly dinner tonight also, there was a lot left over.

Seasonal Vegetables.

Seasonal Vegetables.

Cut Cauliflower into large florets.

Cut Cauliflower into large florets.

Cut pumpkin in half.

Cut pumpkin in half.

Remove seeds.

Remove seeds.

Cut into large chunky dice.

Cut into large chunky dice.

Slice chunky rings of carrot.

Slice chunky rings of carrot.

Sweat finely diced onion in oil.

Sweat finely diced onion in oil.

Add curry paste, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add curry paste, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes.

Stir through vegetables.

Stir through vegetables.

Add stock, fish sauce and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add stock, fish sauce and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add corn flour slurry and stir well, simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Add corn flour slurry and stir well, simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Combine toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.

Combine toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.

Sprinkle over steamed rice.

Sprinkle over steamed rice.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and dollops of plain yoghurt.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and dollops of plain yoghurt.

Serve Curry in a large bowl alongside cumin and black sesame rice so everyone can help themselves.

Serve Curry in a large bowl alongside cumin and black sesame rice so everyone can help themselves.

Enjoy

Enjoy

 

Slow Cooker Friday

End result a glossy tender stew.

Beef, Bacon and Chickpea Stew with White Wine and Tomatoes.

AHHH FRIDAY

By the time Friday rolls in lets all be fair we’ve all really had enough of the weekend and the last thing we want to do once coming home from a long week at work is cook dinner. So I thought how perfect a tasty slow cooker meal you can chuck on in the morning before heading off to work and come home to a virtually completed dinner. You just have to bake your potatoes and thicken the stew when you get home.

Beef, Bacon and Chickpea Stew with White Wine and Tomatoes

Ingredients:
900 gm blade steak, fat removed and 3cm dice
4 rashers streaky bacon, sliced into large batons
3 carrots, peeled and 2 cm dice
1 red onion, medium dice
3 garlic cloves, dice
3 tbsp. Worcester sauce
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup beef stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
2 tbsp. cranberries
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. fresh rosemary
1 tsp. fresh marjoram
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. cornflour, mixed with equal parts water

Method:

  1. Turn your slow cooker onto low.
  2. Brown onions, bacon and garlic in fry pan over a medium heat with half the oil, add to slow cooker.
  3. Pour in half the wine and deglaze the pan add this to the slow cooker.
  4. Season beef and heat renaming oil in pan, brown beef both sides add to slow cooker, deglaze with remaining wine add to slow cooker.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir.
  6. Place on lid and cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4 on high.
  7. Stir in cornflour mix and cook for 15minutes turn to keep warm until you choose to serve.
  8. Serve with a baked or mashed potato and a dollop of sour cream.

Serves: 4-5

Ready to be slow cooked.

Ready too be slow cooked.

End result a glossy tender stew.

End result a glossy tender stew.

Serve stew on baked or mashed potatoes topped with sour cream and chives.

Serve stew on baked or mashed potatoes topped with sour cream and chives.