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Beef Keema August 2, 2015

Filed under: Curries,Indian,Meat,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 7:16 am
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I think I may have made something like this before but I saw it in the Weight Watchers magazine and decided to give it a go. It was really yummy and pretty healthy too. You could probably go with chicken or pork mince to reduce the calorie content. I don’t think the taste would suffer as a result. I’ve been giving Weight Watchers a go again. Not with too much success, if I’m really honest. It’s not the program but just my level of discipline. What I like most about Weight Watchers is that you can eat what you like so long as you point it out but that tends to become a little cumbersome if you don’t have the little points calculator or the app. Let’s face it, it’s common sense though. Eat good, whole, fresh food and you’ll be fine. Easier said than done. Anyway enough about that. Here’s the recipe.

6 propoints per serve

Serves 4

Prep: 10 mins

Cooking: 20 mins

Ingredients

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

400g extra lean beef mince

1 long red chilli, finely chopped

2 tbs mild korma curry paste

3/4 cup (210g) canned diced tomatoes

1/2 cup (120g) frozen peas

1 tbs lemon juice 1/2 cup (140g)

low-fat natural yoghurt

60g spinach leaves

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Saute the onion, stirring for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the mince and fry off until browned.

2. Add the chilli and the paste, stirring for 2 minutes until the spices start to release their aroma.

3. Stir in the tomatoes and 3/4 cup of water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for another 5 minutes.

4. Add the peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

5. Add the lemon and half the yoghurt and simmer for a minute. Stir in the spinach and cook until it starts to wilt.

6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the remainder of the yoghurt and the chopped coriander. You can add some steamed brown (1/2 cup) rice for an extra 3 propoints or have with more veggies for 0 propoints.

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Vegetable Chana Masala June 15, 2015

Filed under: Curries,Potatoes — delishuss @ 12:16 pm
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I’ve made this dish over and over again. It’s a fall back recipe for me when I need to use up some vegetables that are nearing the end of their existence. It’s sooooo easy, there’s no real technique involved. I added purple sweet potato this time around. I’ve never had it before. I love it. It keeps it’s integrity really well when it’s cooking and doesn’t go mushy. I tend to keep this fairly rustic and roughly chop my veg as they are the star of the dish. I served it with rice and a dollop of Greek yoghurt. A lovely buttery naan would be fab, to scoop the sauce up. Yum, yum.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 purple sweet potato (a smallish one is fine), cubed

1 onion, chopped 1/4 jap pumpkin (any pumpkin or squash will work), cubed

1 red capsicum

1 clove garlic, minced

1 red chilli, finely chopped

3 tablespoons tikka masala paste

1 courgette, cubed 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of chickpeas

Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Salt and pepper to season

Olive oil

Method

1. Heat a deep frying pan and add a glug of olive oil. Heat the oil for a minute or so. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes. 2. Add the chilli and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Remove onion, garlic and chilli from the frying pan and set aside. You may ask why I do this. It’s something that my mum thought me. You get the residual flavours from the ingredients on the pan but you don’t burn it by over cooking it.

3. Add some more olive oil to the pan if needed and heat. Always heat the oil as if you don’t it can turn the food soggy. Add the remainder of the veg and sauté for 6 minutes. Remove the veg from the pan.

4. Add the masala paste and fry off for a couple of minutes so that you start to get those lovely curry aromas wafting through your kitchen. Add all of the veggies and stir through the paste. Stir in the chickpeas and the tomatoes.

5. Season with salt and pepper. At this point, I add have of the chopped fresh coriander. The professionals say that you shouldn’t add soft herbs during cooking, probably because they wilt and lose their flavour a bit but I don’t think there should be rules in cooking. I add it during cooking to bring out that coriander flavour and then at the end to lift the freshness of the dish.

6. Simmer the curry for about 15-20 minutes until the potato and the pumpkin has softened. And you’re done.

 

Chicken, Chickpea and Spinach Curry June 16, 2014

Filed under: Chicken,Curries — delishuss @ 12:15 pm
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I am on the constant hunt for the perfect curry recipe. I think I have nailed it this time. I will be straight up, this recipe takes a while to make but it’s worth the effort.  Oh I nearly forgot to mention that this recipe is a hybrid of two cookbooks: The Curry Secret and Good-Food Best Ever Curries and also some of my own finishing touches. The curry sauce recipe makes the base of about 8 meals. I used enough for 4 meals and froze the rest.

 

Ingredients

Curry Sauce

This sauce recipe makes approximately 8 main course dishes.

2lb (900g) onions

2oz (50g) green ginger

2oz (50g) garlic

2 3/4 UK pints (3/12 US pints/1.57 litres) water

1 tsp salt

1 tin (8oz/225g) tomatoes

8tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp tomato puree

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

 

Curry Core Ingredients

4 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 US cups curry base

1 tbsp. curry paste (I used korma)

1 large chicken breast

1 onion sliced

400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

50ml of cream (I used thickened cream)

50g spinach

 

Method

Curry Base- Stage 1

1. Peel and rinse the onions, ginger, and garlic. Slice the onions and roughly cop the ginger and garlic.

2. Put the chopped ginger and garlic into a blender with about 1  to 1 1/2 UK cups (1 US cup/275ml) of the water and blend until smooth.

3. Take a large saucepan and put into it the onions, the blended garlic and ginger, and the remainder of the water.

4. Add the salt and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat to very low simmer, with the lid on, for 40-45 minutes. Leave to cool.

Curry Base- Stage 2

1. Once, cooled, pour half of the boiled onion mixture into a blender and blend until perfectly smooth. Absolute smoothness is essential. To be certain, blend for at least 2 minutes. Pour the blended onion mixture into a clean pan or bowl and repeat with the other half of the boiled onions.

2. Wash and dry the saucepan. Freezing is best done at this stage.

Curry Base-Stage 3

1. Open the can of tomatoes, pour into the rinsed blender jug, and blend. Again, it is important that they are perfectly smooth, so blend for about 2 minutes.

2. Into the clean saucepan, put the oil, tomato puree, turmeric, and paprika.

3. Add the blended tomatoes and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

4. Now add the onion mixture to the saucepan and bring to the boil again. Turn down the heat enough to keep the sauce at a simmer.  You will notice at this stage that a froth rises to the surface of the sauce. This needs to be skimmed off.

5. Keep simmering and skimming for 20-25 minutes, stirring now and again to prevent the sauce sticking to the bottom of the sauce. Use immediately or cool and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Curry Core Method

1. Heat 2 tbsp. of the oil in a frying pan, then add the chicken chunks and fry for a few minutes to brown, stirring. Remove the chicken from the pan and fry off the onion. Add in the curry paste and fry it off for a couple of minutes.

2. Add the chicken back to the pan and then add in the curry sauce and chickpeas. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes until the meat is almost cooked through,

3. Stir in the cream a little at a time to prevent it from separating. Stir in the spinach and cook until it has wilted. Serve it with rice or naan or both.

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Indian Stuffed Peppers April 23, 2012

I made these for lunch but the night before. They were good but I don’t think they really reheat well, so probably best to eat them straight away. They would make a great starter. These are from the Weight Watchers Oriental Express cookbook.

Propoints value per serving- 4

Propoints value per recipe- 18

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

400g potatoes, peeled and halved or quartered, if large

4 red peppers

Low fat cooking spray

1 large onion, diced

2 courgettes, diced

3 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons balti spice paste

 

For the ginger tomato suace

300ml passata

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2.5cm fresh root ginger, grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until tender. Drain, set aside to cool slightly, then dice.

2. Meanwhile, put the peppers in a large saucepan of water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 4 minutes until softened. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the peppers from the water and set aside until cool enough to handle. Slice the top off each pepper to make a lid, scoop out the seeds then turn upside down to drain.

3. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/ 190 degrees celsius/ fan oven 170 degrees celsius. Heat a wok or non stick frying pan until hot. Spray with the cooking spray and stir fry the onion, courgettes and garlic for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat then stir in the balti spice paste, 4 tablespoons of water and the potatoes. Spoon the mixture into the peppers and top with their lids.

4. Arrange the peppers close together in an ovenproof dish, spray with cooking spray and pour 3 tablespoons of water into the dish. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 4-0 minutes.

5. To make the ginger tomato sauce, spray a saucepan with the cooking spray, add the passatta and sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until reduced and thickened. Squeeze the juice from the ginger into the pan. Discard the fibrous bits of ginger. Season, stir and heat though. Serve with the sauce on the side.

 

Indian Chickpea and Vegetable Soup January 16, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Soups and Stews — delishuss @ 10:30 pm
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I get these email updates from the goodfood channel. They had a couple of soup recipes so I said I would give this one a try. Some more to come. I added some potato to it as well just to bulk it up. It’s a good one I have to say. It’s nice to get away from the bog standard veg soup. Here it is.

4 servings

 

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large potato, chopped

1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tbsp garam masala

850 ml vegetable stock

2 large carrots, chopped

400g can chickpeas, drained

100g green beans, chopped

 

Method

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then add the onion, carrot and potato and fry for 5-6 minutes. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid to saute for a couple of minutes. Remove the veg from the saucepan and set aside.

2. Fry off the garam masala, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.

3. Add the chickpeas, beans and re-add the veg.

4. Add the stock, bring to the boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Use a stick blender to whizz a little to your required texture.

 

The recipe says to serve it with naan bread. I didn’t have any to hand. The tesco’s light choices one is really good.

 

Classic North Indian Chicken Curry March 12, 2011

Filed under: Chicken,Curries — delishuss @ 11:27 pm
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I wasn’t a major fan of this curry recipe,  for me it lacks intensity of flavour. I’m posting it anyway for those that it might appeal to. I got it from the Good Food Channel wesbite. Here goes!

Ingredients

4 tbsp oil

2 cloves

1 stick cinnamon

2 green cardamon pods

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 small-medium onion, chopped

1 1/2 tbsp chopped ginger

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tbsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp chilli powder

2 tomatoes, pureed

450g small chicken or poussin, bone-in, skimmed and jointed

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 handful coriander leaves

To serve:

Rice or Indian flatbreads

Cucumber raita, or any vegetable dish

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamon pods and cumin seeds and fry for about 20 seconds until aromatic.

2. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring often.

3. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook stirring for 40 seconds before adding a pinch of salt and the ground spices, and stir for 15 seconds.

4. Add the chicken and brown over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add enough water to almost cover the chicken (about 30 ml), bring to the boil and then cook over a low heat until the chicken is cooked through.

5.  The slower it cooks the better it tastes. This takes about 15 minutes for small joints and up to 25-30 minutes for larger ones. Check with a fork, once it is tender it is done.

6. Add the garam masala and coriander leaves and serve with rice or Indian flatbread and raita or any vegetable dish.

4. Pour in the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the liquid in the pan has dried off,, and the oil leaves the sides of the dry masala around 10 minutes.