Curry Night

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My family loves curry, so for a treat I made 3 types of curry. I made deboned lamb curry, dhal and vegetable curry to cater for my vegetarian daughter.  Served with roti and white rice. I we also had shop bought poppadoms, onion & tomato sambal and dhai with it.

Trio of Curry
Trio of Curry

Lamb Curry

Ingredients:
Serves 4 
500g lamb pieces (deboned)
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
About 5cm fresh ginger, finely chopped
1½ teaspoons ground jeera/cumin
1½ teaspoonground koljana/coriander
3 stick cinnamons
5 cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon tumeric
2 green chillies, chopped (you can add more chillies if you like it hot)
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 medium potatoes, halved
Chopped green dhanya for garnish
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Method:
Wash and drain meat. Heat oil in a large pot add the cinnamon and cardamom. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped onions braise until light brown and the onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add spices and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes until spices are well blended. Add meat and cook over low heat until meat are cooked, about 30 – 40 minutes, adding water if necessary. Add tomato and cook a further 10 minutes. Add chopped potatoes and enough water and cook until potatoes are tender, adding more water if a thinner gravy is desired. Garnish with chopped dhanya. Serve wth Roti or braised rice. Serve with atchar or onion & tomato sambal.

Lamb Curry
Lamb Curry
Tarka Dhal
Tarka dhal is a very popular Indian and Pakistani dish.1 cup red lentils (dhal)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp turmeric
2 green chilies, chopped
1½ tsp salt
For the tarka
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp onion seeds / powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 medium tomato, choppedFor the garnish
1 tbsp chopped fresh dhanya
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Soak the dhal in cold water to cover for half an hour. Rinse until the water runs clear. Transfer the soaked dhal to a deep saucepan. Add 2 ½ cups water, grated ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt and chopped chillies. Boil for 20 minutes or until soft and the has the consistency of creamy soup. Add more water if needed. Keep warm.

Heat the oil in a heavy pan. Add the chopped onion with the mustard and onion seeds, red chilli and tomato and fry for 4 – 5 minutes over medium heat.

Spoon the cooked into a serving dish and pour the tarka over. Stir lightly. Garnish with fresh dhanya, green chillies and mint. Serve immediately with boiled rice.

Tarka Dhal
Tarka Dhal
Vegetable Curry
You can use any fresh vegetables in season for this recipe.Ingredients
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin/jeera seeds
½ tsp coriander/koljana seeds
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp crushed ginger
1 – 2 green chillies
3 curry leaves
1 Tbsp roasted masala
½ tsp turmeric/ borrie
1 tsp salt
¼ – ½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 small cauliflower, broken into florets ( or half cauliflower and half broccoli)
1 small courgette, sliced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
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Method:
Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot. Fry all the seeds for 1 to 2 minutes until they began to splutter. Add the onion and curry leaves and fry for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the spices, mix and fry for another 5 minutes adding water if necessary.
Then add all the vegetables and 1 cup of water. Cook over medium high for a few minutes before turning the heat to low. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve with flat bread, roti and garnished with curry leaves. Serves 4
Mix Vegetable Curry
Mix Vegetable Curry
Boiled White Rice
Boiled White Rice
Poppadoms
Poppadoms
Curry Night
Curry Night

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Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

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Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti
Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti

 

Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

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Ingredients:
Serves 6 – 8
1 kg lamb pieces
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garam masala
salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons koljana/coriander powder
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
2 medium tomatoes, chopped fine
Freshly chopped dhanya to garnish

 

Method:
Mix the lamb pieces with the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala and salt to taste, cover and allow to marinade for 3 hours.

Heat the oil in a deep pot on medium heat. Add the green chillies and fry until it stops spluttering.

Add the lamb with the marinade and fry stirring frequently for 5 – 7 minutes.

Now add the tomatoes, koljana/coriander and jeera/cumin powder and mix well.

Sprinkle some water over the meat, cover, lower the heat and cook till the meat is done.

Check occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking and burning. Ideally this dish has a minimal amount of thick gravy.

Turn the heat off, garnish with freshly chopped dhanya.

Serve with warm chapattis (Indian flat breads) or naans.

 

Curry
Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

 

 

Potato Curry

Ingredients:

Serves 6

4 large potatoes
1 teaspoon cumin/jeera seeds
1/2  teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coriander/koljana seeds (crushed)
1 teaspoon  fennel/barishap seeds (crushed)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
2-3 slit green chillies
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Handful Coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
30 ml cooking oil

 

Method:

Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces.
Boil water in a sauce pan and then add the chopped potatoes and salt. Let it cook, but make sure there is still some bite to it.
After it is cooked, drain the water completely and keep aside.
Now heat a small pot and add some oil. Add the cumin/jeera seeds, garlic and ginger. Stir until garlic ginger is cooked and slightly browned.
Now add the crushed fennel/barishap seeds, coriander/koljana seeds, chilli powder and give it a stir.
Add the cooked potatoes, green chillies, salt and stir gently in intervals.
Let this cook for about 6-7 minutes until the sides have browned, spices are coated well. Add drops of water to prevent sticking to the pot and burning.
Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

 

Spicy Potato Curry
Spicy Potato Curry
Chapatis (Indian Flat Bread)
Ingredients:
Makes 6-8
200g wholemeal flour
75ml warm water
2 tbsp butter
Method:
Sift the flour into a medium bowl and make a well in the middle of the flour. Pour in the water and mix to make a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 -8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave for 10 –15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. Roll out each ball on a floured surface thinly.
Heat a dry frying pan until hot and cook each chapati over a medium heat, turning after 30 seconds or so. Cook the second side for 1 minute until it begins to puff up, then turn over and cook the first side again, pressing down lightly with a spatula for another 30 seconds. Smear each chapati with butter and wrap it in foil to keep warm.
Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)
Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)
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Cape Malay Cooking