My partner always orders a Dhansak from our local Indian Takeaway, so I thought I would try a homemade version! He thought it was delicious! Result! Not only was it so tasty it was also less calories and more protein. A much healthier version of his favourite takeaway. I made my homemade Chapati’s to serve with it too. Perfect Fakeaway dish.
Makes 2 Servings
1 red onion – chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 red chilli – finely diced
1 tsp mustard seeds
4 cardamon pods – crushed
2 tsp mild curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100 g red lentils rinsed
2 chicken breasts
4 tomatoes – chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
300ml vegetable stock
Juice 1/2 lemon or lime
fresh coriander to garnish
salt & pepper to season
Heat a little oil in a deep pan, fry the spices, ginger and chillies for a minute or until mustard seeds start to pop.
Lower the heat and add in the onions and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
Add the red lentils and mix.
Then add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, bring to the boil. Gently lower the chicken breasts into the sauce. Lower the heat and simmer covered for about 1 hour.
Add the juice of the lemon or lime. Take 2 forks and shred the chicken breasts, stir and cook uncovered on a higher heat for a further few minutes. If the sauce is too runny just bring to the boil to thicken for a few minutes or add cornflour to thicken.
Remove the cardamon pods and serve onto plates. Garnish with coriander. Serve with the Chapati’s.
This recipe also tastes even better the day after. Yummy!
Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, originating among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Dhansak is made by cooking mutton or goat meat traditionally with a mixture of lentils and vegetables.
You could try this recipe also with prawns or lamb. Yummy too!
I do amaze myself sometimes, first try at chapti’s and they turned out perfect first time! Again as I have said in a previous post this year, I’m going to try all those things I said I would and didn’t in 2016 and this is one of them.
300g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
1 tsp salt
50g butter melted
oil for cooking
First melt the butter with the milk either in a pan on a hob or in a microwave for about 1 minute
Sift flour into a bowl add salt then add the milk and butter, mix until you get a soft smooth dough, if its too sticky just add more flour.
Roll into a ball and wrap in cling film for about 1 hour at room temperature.
When ready, tear into about 6 balls (about the size of a tennis ball)
Flour your work surface and roll out each ball into a circle or best you can circle shape about 2-3mm thick.
Preheat some oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat then drop in the bread.
Cook on each side for about 1 minute, you shouldn’t need more than that if you have the right temperature.
Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.
If you want more of a wrap just turn the temperature down so it cooks slowly and softly, same time on each side.
So much more healthier than shop bought ones or ones from your local take out and I personally think tastier too. Was definitely a hit with my partner.
Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to Locavore in Glasgow, the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.
Red Russian Kale.
Makes 2 Boats
2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 chilli – chopped (red or green)
1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated
1/2 tsp turmeric
about 8 strands of kale
small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/2 tsp corinader
1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper.
Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.
Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.
A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.
I have to say this is the first time I’ve tried Mutton, I picked it up at the Glasgow Food Assembly from Harris Meat Farm, https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , went with a spiced Indian flavour and some yellow lentils and oh my……absolutely loved it, rich, spicy, fragrant and so delicate, I slow cooked the meat and it just flaked on my plate…..absolute taste sensation!
500g Diced Mutton
1 onion – chopped
50g Yellow Split peas
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 Green Chilli – finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Gram Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Curry Powder
Handful of Kalette Leaves or Spinach
Firstly you want to marinade the mutton for around 1 hour, so in a bowl add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander, 1 tsp Gram Masala, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Curry Powder, add the mutton and rub through.
Meanwhile, Bring the 250ml water to the boil and add 1/2 tsp Turmeric then add in the yellow split peas, boil for about 10 mins then simmer for a further 15 mins or until the water is all soaked up. Spoon out onto a side plate for now.
In the same pan heat through the oil, gently fry the garlic, ginger, onion and green chillies for a few mins until onion has cooked through (slighty brown).
Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
Empty in the Tin Tomatoes, about 100ml water, put the yellow peas back into pan and sprinkle 1/2 tsp coriander in, bring to the boil, reduce to a very slow simmer and slow cook on hob covered for about 2.5hrs or until meat is tender.
A couple of minutes before serving, steam some Kalette leaves or Spinach and serve. Yummy!
I found that a Tempranillo based wine went really well, due to it’s Spicy, Herbal and Cherry flavour combinations. This however is up to your individual taste palates.
Looking in Fridge I had to use the cabbage up but wondered how I could jazz it up! Looked in my spice rack and this is what I put together. Tasty absolutely sensational. This could also work with Cod and Chicken. It is also low in calories and fat….Result!
1/2 Savoy Cabbage – sliced
1 portion Salmon Fillet approx (150g)
1 clove Garlic – crushed
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 white onion – sliced
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Gram Masala
30g Lentil Sprouts (optional) I had these left over so I just put them in.
Mix the Gram Masala and Curry Powder together and rub into Salmon
Heat up a griddle pan with spray oil and place Salmon on to cook through (approx 10 mins)
Meanwhile, heat a wok to a high heat and cook the garlic and cumin with onion until soft (approx 2 mins)
Add to the wok the cabbage and coconut, stir through for about 5 mins. If adding the Lentil Sprouts put in 1 min before ready and mix just to heat through.
Plate the cabbage mix and place the salmon on top. Yum!
1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together, make a well in the middle and gently add water little at a time while stirring, continue to add water until you get a smooth batter, it shouldn’t be too thick or too runny. Set aside.
1 x 500g McSween’s Haggis, but Grants and Halls are also good. (500g serves about 3)
1. Cook as per package instructions and let cool. Make into small balls and dip into batter.
2. Gently drop into hot oil and fry for about 4-5 mins. Drain and pat excess oil off with kitchen paper.
1 x Chicken Breast
1. Cut chicken breast into small chunks and lightly fry in a pan to brown.
2. Add some tomato paste to the left over batter mix and stir through until it turns pink, dip chicken chunks into batter and then drop gently into the oil and fry for about 3-4 mins. Drain and pat excess oil off with kitchen paper.
Pakora sauce for Chicken pakora
50g tomato ketchup
2g Mint leaves (finely chopped)
100g Natural Yoghurt
Pinch salt and chilli
1. Mix all the ingredients together, slowly adding the milk to produce a thin sauce. Pour into dish and set aside until ready.
Chilli sauce for Haggis Pakora
1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
Generous squirt of tomato sauce
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot chilli sauce
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 beef oxo cube
1. Mix all ingredients into a pan and simmer until the oxo cube has fully dissolved. Remove and allow to cool before serving.
Oh Yum! This tastes just as good as the high calorie version, don’t believe me? Try it.
Makes 2 – 302 calories per serving (add 120 calories for 50g wholegrain rice)
2 chicken breast
1 tsp frying oil
2 tbsp curry powder
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
10g chunk fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp plain fat free yoghurt
1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
10 g chunk ginger, grated
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp sea salt
250ml cold water
2 tbsp single cream
1. Make the marinade:- mix curry powder, paprika and salt in a bowl, add ginger, garlic and yoghurt and mix well.
2. Cut chicken breast into chunks and add to marinade, mix well and leave for 1 hour in fridge at least or up to 12 hours.
3. To make the sauce: heat the oil in pan, tip in the onions and ginger and cook for 10 mins, cover. add the curry powder and cook for another 2 mins, add the tomato puree, caster sugar and salt and stir constantly for another 30 secs.
4. Pour water and simmer for 4 mins. Remove the pan from heat and blitz with hand blender until smooth.
5. Heat oil in pan, add marinated chicken and fry over medium heat or No. 7 on Induction Hob for about 5 mins until browned.
6. Pour into the chicken the masala sauce and add the cream, cook for 4 mins. Serve with some rice.