Thursday, 25 July 2013

Keema Matar (lamb mince and pea curry)

Keema Matar
Serves 4-6 depending on how much bread or other accompaniments you serve

This is one of my favourite weekend recipes to make as although it is a little time consuming, it is really easy and the results are worth it. I find I usually have most of the ingredients – maybe just have to go out and get some fresh coriander, chilli and the mince. The results are deeply satisfying, rich, savoury, sweet from cinnamon and warm from the chilli. Eat with naan bread. I forgot to add the coriander for the photo - looks much better with it sprinked over!

2 tbsp oil
Half a cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 cardamom pods, bruised
3 peppercorns
2 onions, chopped
500g Lean minced lamb
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp ground coriander (I like to grind my own)
½ tsp ground cumin (again, I grind mine)
¼ tsp chilli powder/cayenne
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp. coriander stems, finely chopped
1 fresh red chilli, split but not all the way in half
½ tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
½ tsp paprika
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 2cm dice
150g frozen peas
¼ tsp garam masala
Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Heat the oil in a wok (with a lid) and add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and onions.  Cook on a low heat until turning golden brown, but don’t let it burn. Turn up the heat and add the lamb, curry powder, ground coriander and cumin, chilli powder and turmeric. Stir well and break up all lumps. Stir fry until the lamb is brown – if a lot of fat is release try to drain a bit off, but not all of it.

Add the coriander stems, red chilli, garlic and ginger pastes, paprika and season with about 1 tsp salt. Stir fry on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes to cook out the pastes and spices. Then tip in the tomatoes and about half a can of water. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes, pushing them down into the curry and add a bit more water just to cover if necessary. Pop the lid back on and cover gently for anything from 20-40 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add the peas and heat through for a couple of minutes. Turn heat off, sprinkle with garam masala and chopped coriander and serve. 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Turkey stir fry

Turkey stir fry
Serves 1

Did a fridge raid and cleared out some of my vegetables that have seen better days – this calls for a stir fry! I usually add the aromatics – garlic and ginger near the end so it doesn’t burn over the high heat at the start, and also it retains a fresher flavour. Just make sure you cook out the rawness. The sweet chilli sauce had also been hanging around in the fridge too long than I’d care to admit, but it all tasted nice :)

1tsp oil
Half a small onion, sliced
¼ yellow pepper, roughly chopped
¼ courgette, sliced
½ carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 field mushroom, sliced
Leftover cooked turkey strips
2 spring onion, sliced on the diagonal
½ clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger root
1 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli stir fry sauce

Heat a wok or frying pan with the oil and throw in the onion, pepper and  carrot and stir fry over a high heat for 2 mins. Add the mushroom and cook for another minute until the hard vegetables are starting to soften slightly.  Add the turkey strips, spring onion, garlic and ginger and mix well – stir fry for a minute until the garlic is fragrant and cooked, then add the soy sauce and chilli sauce, stir and serve immediately.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Curried Turkey Pilaff

Curried turkey pilaff
Serves 1

A great quick dinner using just a few ingredients and some leftover cooked turkey. Some coriander, mango chutney, fresh chillies, a squeeze of lemon and anything else you fancy would be very tasty additions but this is simple and very filling – not to mention cheap as chips!

1 tsp oil
Half an onion, finely chopped
2 tsp curry paste
Few strips of cooked turkey or chicken breast
½ tsp tumeric
½ pouch Tilda white basmati microwaveable rice
1 tbsp frozen peas
2 tsp flaked almonds
1 tsp sultanas
Few pumpkin seeds (optional)
2 pinches nigella seeds (optional)
Sprig of fresh mint, chopped

Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion for a couple of minutes until starting to soften. Add the curry paste and cook for a min or two more to cook-out the spices. Add the turkey and turmeric and stir fry for a minute to heat through.

Open the rice and squeeze half a pouch into the pan and stir to break up any lumps and coat in the paste. Add the peas, almonds, sultanas and pumpkin and nigella seeds if using. Add a splash of water to help coat everything nicely and to stop the rice from being dry.

Tip into a bowl and add the chopped mint and eat!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Super Easy Mexican Peppers

Super Easy  Mexican Peppers
Serves 2

This is the easiest lunch/ snack ever! I was going to serve them as a hot starter at a Mexican party but we had way too many nachos and dip so ended up making them yesterday.

2 small green peppers, halved and seeded
Spray oil
1 pouch Tilda Mexican microwavable rice
2 tbsp frozen sweetcorn, defrosted
2 tbsp grated cheddar
Paprika or cayenne

Preheat oven to 200C. Spray the peppers with a little oil and place cut side up in a roasting tin. Roast the peppers for about 30 mins until softened and singed at the edges.
Cook the rice in the microwave for 2 mins. Put the sweetcorn in to heat for the last 10 secs. Mix together and pile into the pepper halves. Sprinkle with cheese and place back in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Sprinkle with paprika or cayenne if you like the heat and eat hot or warm with salad. 

You could add chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime if you have any to add extra zing to the rice.