Friday, 10 February 2017

Vegetable Pilau

A popular vegetable rice dish that makes a tasty light supper.


Ingredients

225 g/8 oz/1 cup basmati rice
30 ml/2 tbsp oil
2.5 ml/1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
4 green cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely diced
50 g/2 oz//3 cup frozen peas, thawed
50 g/2 oz/ 1/3 cup frozen sweetcorn, thawed
25 g/l oz//4 cup cashew nuts, lightly fried
1.5 ml/1/4 tsp ground cumin
Salt


Recipe


  1. Wash the basmati rice in several changes of cold water. Put into a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the cumin seeds for 2 minutes. Add the bay leaves, cardamoms and cloves and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and fry for 3minutes, until softened and lightly browned.
  4. Stir in the carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Drain the rice and add to the pan together with the peas, sweetcorn and cashew nuts. Fry for 4- 5 minutes.
  6. Add 475 ml/16 fl oz/2 cups 6water, ground cumin and salt. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes over a low heat until all the water is absorbed. Leave to stand, covered, for 10 minutes, before serving.
  7. Serves 4-6

Friday, 3 February 2017

Carrot and Coconut soup


A satisfying soup which is delicately spiced and is a perfect autumn warmer.

Ingredients

Carrots (trimmed and sliced) - 500 gram
Potato (peeled and sliced) - 1
Onion (finely chopped) - 1
Garlic clove (chopped) - 1
Ginger (grated) - 1 tea spoon
Ged chilli (chopped) - 1

Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala podwer - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tea spoon
Orange/Lemon zest - 4 tea spoon

Coconut milk - 200 gram


Recipe


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. 
  2. Tip in the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, then cook for 3-5 mins until soft. 
  3. Stir in the garam masala powder, followed by the carrots, potato and zest, then cover and cook over a low heat for 10 mins more.
  4. Give the coconut milk can a shake, then pour most of it into the pan.
  5. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 mins until the carrots are really soft. 
  6. Add lemon juice.
  7. Use a food processor to whizz until smooth. 
  8. Ladle into bowls and top with a swirl of reserved coconut milk and an extra sprinkling of curry powder, if you like.
Note: Add a tea spoon of Kasoori methi and/or 2 table spoon of corriander for added flavour