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.
This is a fantastic quick recipe, and I just made the best yet. I got the recipe called ‘The Quick After-Work Vegetarian Cookbook’ – last recipe in the book. I have adapted it to make it easier.
- 225g polenta (fine, quick-cook)
- 1.2 L water
- 150g soft blue cheese (the original recipe says 50g Gorgonzola and 75g Taleggio, or Fontina, or brie)
- 50g butter
- Salt and pepper
- Bring the water to a boil, and then pour in the polenta in a thin stream, to avoid it clumping when it hits the water. Keep stirring the water around so the polenta mixes in with the water evenly. Keep stirring and cooking, and in a few minutes the mixture turns into a thick porridge.
- Add the diced cheese, and as soon as it has melted, add the butter, salt and pepper. Stir it all together.
This is good with a savoury lentil stew, or with a fennel salad. If you let it get cold, it can be sliced, and then grilled the next day.