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Creamy Vegetable Masala

Cayman has an Indian supermarket…YESSSSSSS! It’s small, but cheaper than the big supermarkets and has so much more choice. I used love a trip to MA Brothers in Newcastle to stock up on good quality basmati, spices and all the different dahls and flours. It makes me a happy housewife that I can get some of these ingredients here and make our favourite meals.

I love, love , love this curry. Quick and easy to make and less than a third of the calories of an average tikka masala from a takeaway with a simple ingredient swap. It takes nothing away from the flavour either. Just substitute the double cream for half and half (or half milk, half single cream in the UK).

When I was trying to create dish, I couldn’t quite get it right. After some trial and error and research – eureka!

Mushroom soy sauce.

In an Indian style curry.

Yep, I was just as surprised. It really works and gives it that extra little something. I haven’t tried it with regular soy sauce, but I think it will work just as well.

The vegetables listed are just for guidance, but use any you want as long as the quantity is roughly the same. For example, I’ve used bell peppers, mushroom, green beans etc.

If you’re feeding the family (my toddlers eat this also) and want less spice, omit the chilli powder. If it’s still too spicy, serve with some plain yoghurt.

It’s around 4-6 servings, so if there’s only a couple of you it’ll keep in the fridge in a sealed container for about 3 days and it’s so good the next day.

Creamy Vegetable Masala

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled (1 tbsp if using lazy ginger)
  • 3 dried kashmiri chillies
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp ghee (you could also use vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tandoori masala
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 225g new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mushroom soy sauce

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, ginger, kashmiri chillies, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes until smooth.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large pan on a medium or high heat and add the onions. Cook until golden, then add the turmeric, garam masala, tandoori masala and chilli powder. Stir for about 30 seconds. Pour in the blended tomato mixture and cream (or half and half), add the salt and soy sauce and stir to combine.
  3. Add the vegetables and stir in with the sauce mixture. Cover and cook on a low to medium heat for about 20 minutes until the veg is tender.
  4. Serve with Basmati rice and naan bread.

Enjoy!

Indian Supermarkets

MA Brothers – Newcastle

Shop Right – Cayman

Spicy Vegetable Korma

A mild creamy korma has never appealed to me when ordering or making a curry. When I crave a curry, I want spice and heat and full flavour. I do however, like the creaminess a korma delivers. So I thought, why not have both.

I researched korma recipes and different spice combinations and this is what I’ve come up with. I would describe it as a medium spice. If you like your curry with a slightly milder taste just omit the two green chillies for less of a kick.

Note: a couple of weeks after I made the curry in the pictures I recreated the recipe (without the chillies for my mum), but boiled the cashews in water for 10 minutes before blending. It resulted in a very slightly smoother sauce. It didn’t take away from the final flavour or comfort of a creamy curry, so I guess it just depends on time and personal preference whether or not to add this step.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cashew nuts
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp ginger paste
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 cup water

2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
400g cauliflower florets
220g new potatoes, quartered
1 large carrot, diced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas

1 tin coconut milk
1 cup thick cream (heavy cream)
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala

Using a food processor or blender, add the cashews, garlic, ginger, roughly chopped onion and water and blend until smooth.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the oil on high and add the cumin seeds. When the start to splutter, add the finely chopped onion. Once the onion is soft, stir in the chillies, turmeric, ground coriander and ground cumin. Cook for two minutes, stirring often. Add the blended cashew mixture and reduce the heat to medium.

Next, add the vegetables and stir well to coat with the spices and cashews. Cook for a few minutes before pouring in the coconut milk and cream, then add the curry powder, chilli powder and garam masala.

Simmer on a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are cooked. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

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Enjoy!

Aloo Gobi // Recipe

It’s one of our favourite foods, but we didn’t eat any Indian food for over five months when we arrived in Cayman. Five months! In February we finally took ourselves along to Sunset House and those first few mouthfuls of hot and spicy curry were a taste sensation. Oh curry, how I’d missed you. My taste buds rejoiced!

At around $16 a pop for a vegetarian curry and $21 for one containing meat, we’ll not be eating out that often or ordering a Saturday night takeaway. The only answer was to learn to make them at home. I’ve been slowly making my way through a little recipe book I found on amazon last year called ‘An Indian Housewife’s Recipe Book’ by Laxmi Khurana. Its brilliant and every recipe has been easy and delicious. I think the key is to cook the spices first to release the flavour, instead of stirring them in after the main ingredients which creates a generic, bland tasting curry.

However, the Aloo Gobi recipe wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I did a little research and experimenting and this is what I came up with. It may not be authentic or traditional, but it was delicious.

Ingredients

450g cauliflower florets
450g new potatoes, skin on, halved or quartered depending on size
50ml vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger puree
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp gound cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
3 large plum tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato puree
4 curry leaves
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
350ml water
1 tsp garam masala
Salt

Heat the oil in a large pan on a medium to high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they splutter. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Stir in the garlic, ginger, chilli, tumeric, ground coriander, ground cumin and asafoetida. Turn down the heat slighty, add the tomatoes and and cook until soft.

Once the tomatoes have softened, add the potatoes, cauliflower, tomato puree, garam masala, curry leaves and half of the fresh coriander and salt to taste. Stir well and add 350ml of water.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked. Sprinkle the rest of the coriander to serve.

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Enjoy!