Malcolm got this recipe from somewhere, no idea where. We had it tonight, cooked with beetroot from Maria’s vegetable box scheme.
- 400g raw beetroot
- 2 tbsp organic sunflower oil
- 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 hot green chillies
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 can organic chopped tomatoes
- A pinch of salt
- 100ml coconut milk
- juice of 1 lime
- Peel the beetroot, and cut into matchsticks (a mandolin is useful for this. Or just cut it up as small as you can)
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan, and add the mustard seeds. As soon as they start jumping, add the onion, garlic and chillies. Fry on medium heat until the onion is tender.
- Add the spices and the beetroot, fry for a further two minutes and then add the tomatoes, 250ml water and a pinch of salt.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beetroot is tender.
- Add the coconut milk and let it simmer for another couple of minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
- Stir in the lime juice, adjust the seasoning, and serve with rice.
For this Indian recipe, you should really use fresh coconut, but if I’ve ever bought a coconut here, it has not been that good. I’ve substituted coconut milk.
- 6 tbs mustard oil or other vegetable oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp whole black mustard seeds
- A large green cabbage, around 1.5kg, cored and finely shredded
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 fresh hot green chilli, in fine long strips
- 50g grated coconut or 100ml coconut milk
- Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium to high heat
- Add the mustard seeds and bayleaf, and as soon as the bayleaf starts to darken and the mustard seeds start to pop, add the cabbage
- Turn the heat to medium, then stir and cook for around five minutes.
- Add the sugar, salt and chilli, and continue to stir and cook for a further three to five minutes
- Turn off the heat, add the coconut, mix and serve.
Here’s a twist on local ingredients. It looked a little pale and would have been improved with the addition of green beans and carrots.
- 900g lamb, diced
- 4 tbsp veg oil
- 2x7cm cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 10 cloves
- 10 cardamom pods
- 1 large red onion, finely chopped
- 20 curry leaves (or 10 bay leaves)
- 2 tsps grated fresh ginger
- 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 turnip, peeled and diced
- you could add chopped carrots and green beans
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 can coconut milk
- Put the oil in a large heavy pan, and set over a medium heat. When it is hot, add the cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom, and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
- Add the onion, and continue frying until it starts to turn light brown.
- Add curry leaves and ginger, and after another minute, add the lamb and stir for a few minutes.
- Add 1 litre of water bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes
- Add the potatoes and vegetables, salt and cayenne pepper, and simmer for a further 30 minutes, until the meat is tender.
- Add the coconut milk, and thicken sauce to taste by squishing the potatoes a bit.
We just had this as it came. Rice or bread would be good, but we didn’t bother.