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Split pea & Pearl Barley Curry

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Oh……I do love a good curry on a Friday!  Years ago it was always a takeaway or always had to have meat in it, not anymore. This little curry is a taste sensation, full of flavour and full of vitamins, more importantly nice n healthy too.

I served with my homemade Chapti’s too…..who says a curry can’t be healthy?

 

Serves 2

80g Green Split peas (soaked overnight)

80g Pearl Barley

100 g spinach – fresh

200g chopped tomatoes

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 clove garlic – finely chopped

1 tbsp Masala Paste

150ml veg stock

tbsp oil/spray oil

 

Method

  1. Heat oil in a wok and add in onions and garlic, cook for about 1 – 2 mins until onions are soft.
  2. Stir in masala paste and cook for further 1 min.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, stock, split peas and barley, mix through and bring to boil then simmer for about 30 mins.
  4. Stir in spinach and simmer for further 1 min
  5. Serve with some chapati or which ever you like. Yum!

 

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Curry Kedgeree

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I visited the Springfest Food & Drink Festival at Loch Lomond Shores last week and was blown away by all the different flavours from different countries. More importantly it was great to see some new flavours and ideas being created.

One of the items I picked up was Curry Rock Salt by flavour magic something different. I decided to try it with my kedgeree recipe but adding the curry salt in and seasoning the eggs with the curry salt and WOW, what a taste sensation, it was delicious. I bought other flavours too so I’m now excited to try them out too.

 

ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · Soups and Stews

Lentil and Spinach Masala

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Having some left over Masala Paste from the other nights curry, I wanted to try something different and a bit more healthier but filling, which means only 1 thing to me Lentils!

Lentils are so healthy and include all these beneficial nutrients like fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied.

Makes for 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions if having with an accompaniment.

3 tbsp Masala Paste

1 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 garlic glove – chopped

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of coconut milk – I use the lighter option to make it healthier

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160g Red lentils, in my house it has to be Great Scot!

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1 bag of fresh spinach (about 300g)

100ml vegetable stock

 

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the masala paste and cook for another minute
  3. Add in the tomatoes and coconut milk then bring to the boil
  4. Pour in the lentils and reduce heat to a simmer, cook for about 25 mins until lentils are soft.                                                                                                      20170112_155931
  5. Add in the stock, mix through then add in the spinach and allow to wilt for a minute.
  6. Remove and Serve…Yum!

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ALL · chicken · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Chicken Tikka Masala

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One of my favourites from my Chicken Cookbook.

Serves 4

4 Chicken Breasts – chopped into 2-3cm cubes

2 garlic cloves – roughly chopped

2.5cm ginger – chopped

400g can tin tomatoes

4 tbsp natural yoghurt

1 onion – finely chopped

2 tbsp veg oil

2 tbsp masala curry paste

salt & pepper to season

1 tbsp plain flour to thicken sauce

coriander chopped to garnish

 

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions until browned, then add in the masala paste and heat through for a minute.
  2. Add in the chicken and brown, season with salt & pepper
  3. Add in the garlic, ginger, yoghurt and tomatoes, stir and bring to the boil.
  4. Mix the flour with a little water and add to the mixture to help thicken sauce.
  5. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncover and cook for a further 5-10 mins to thicken sauce.
  6. Sprinkle over coriander leaves and serve immediately. So Yummy!

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ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Chicken and Lentil Curry

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Yet again I amaze myself with an absolutely delicious curry, another one for my favourites list. So healthy too and filling.

 

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp gram masala

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 cloves

1 tsp salt

1 chopped onion

1 chopped chilli

2 tsp ginger

1 yellow and 1 red pepper – diced

1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh clove

250ml beef stock

1 cup lentils

200ml coconut milk

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salt & pepper

 

  1. Put spices into a tub, turmeric, gram masala, cumin, salt, pepper, cloves and garlic. Dice the chicken and rub in the spice mix to coat.                                                                                         20161119_161617
  2. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chicken to brown.                        20161119_162523
  3. Add in the chilli, onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the beef stock and lentils bring to boil then simmer and cook for about 1.5 hrs.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer further for another 1.5 hrs. If too watery, remove lid and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened (about 15 mins).
  6. Serve and top with some fresh parsley. Yum!

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Curried Pulled Chicken Bagels

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Another one of my quick put together meals tonight, still had some chicken leftover and bagels from weekend so decided to give the pulled chicken idea a go. This was really tasty also low in fat and calories as I used the skinny bagels at 120 calories. A real Asian infused Spice dish with the fresh coriander makes a perfect Monday night dish!

Serves 2 or makes 4 bagels.

2 small chicken breasts (I cut into thick strips so that it would cook quicker)

2 tbsp of extra light philadelphia (spread for bagels)

1 Beef tomato – chopped into small chunks

1 onion – chopped into small chunks

1 red pepper – chopped into small chunks

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Cumin powder

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Gram Masala

1 tsp chilli flakes

Salt & pepper to taste

100g Creme Fraiche

300ml Vegetable stock

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp chopped coriander

 

  1. Firstly heat the olive oil in a shallow pan.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger cook on medium heat until onion and peppers are softened.                                                                                                             20160912_173959
  3. Now add in the tomato puree, cumin, gram masala, turmeric, cinnamon, chilli, sugar and mix through for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock, bring to the boil then reduce to a low simmer.
  5. Place the chicken into the sauce, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for approx 1 hour. 20160912_184732
  6. Remove the lid, mix in the Creme Fraiche and gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart. Turn up the heat to medium and continue to cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens up. 20160912_185058  20160912_190140
  7. Spread the bagels with the philly cheese and top with the pulled chicken mix……..so yummy!

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ALL · dinners · goat · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes

Spicy Pulled Goat Shank with Curried Coleslaw

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This was simply amazing, I got the goat shank from Harris Farm Meats,  https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , their meat is second to none. I decided to slow cook the shank and have a wrap like dinner. Wondering what to put in the wrap with the pulled goat, I decided to try a curried coleslaw….absolutely amazing!

Makes 8 wraps

For the Goat:-

650g Goat Shank

1 tbsp Rainbow pepper (or cayenne pepper)

1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp cumin

1 garlic clove or tsp powdered garlic

Olive Oil – (good stuff, I use Bertolli)

For the Coleslaw:-

1/2 Red cabbage

1/2 White cabbage

2 carrots

150g natural yoghurt

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp cumin

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1 packet of wholemeal wraps

 

  1. Mix all of the goat seasoning together and run into shank, leave to marinade overnight, or at least 12 hrs.  20160726_114220
  2. Preheat your oven to 120 deg. Flash fry your shank on all sides to seal the meat. Place in ovenproof dish and cover with foil, slow cook for at least 7 hrs. 1 hr before finishing remove the tin foil.                                    20160726_114417
  3. Meanwhile, chop the cabbages and carrot into fine strips and put into a large bowl, mix in the yoghurt, mayo, curry powder and cumin. Store in fridge until required.                             20160726_192837
  4. Remove the goat from the oven and rest for 5 mins. Slowly pull the meat away from the bone, it should fall off easily.                                                                                                                     20160726_183443   20160726_192901  20160726_192925
  5. Start to assemble your wrap, coleslaw, meat and wrap. I didn’t used any sauce as the coleslaw gave it moisture.
  6. Enjoy!!

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