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  1. Another favourite side is potatoes with dill or shebu aloo. I cut small potatoes into roughly 1.5 cm cubes, mustard seeds, dried chilli, asafoetida, turmeric, chopped garlic, chopped green chilli, and chopped dill. Heat some oil, splutter the seeds and dried chilli, chuck in the garlic and green chilli, stir quickly then pile in the potatoes and powders, plus a little salt. Make sure it’s well mixed, lower the heat and pop on a lid. Stir occasionally. When the potatoes are nearly done, add the dill and mix well. This is not a saucy dish, so I serve it with one that is. Seen below with fenugreek chicken from the other night, green beans poriyal, chana dal and steamed rice, plus a paratha and a blob of mango pickle.
  2. I’m loving this vicarious trip through Georgia. Thanks @shain. I have Uzbekistan tucked away on my long list of places to visit, but the focus on meat is daunting. Yes, different countries, but with similar pasts. I’d be interested to hear how you’re managing as a non meat eater.
  3. Yes David. It’s a mango and ginger chutney, Sharwoods is the brand, a UK company.
  4. Tonight I made the chicken and fenugreek curry that I’ve detailed previously, served it with some leftover potato masala and dal, plus freshly made snake beans poriyal and spinach whole-wheat chapatis. From the south of India, poriyal describes a stir fried vegetable finished with lemon and coconut. The mise includes mustard seeds, dried chillies and curry leaves, red onion, green chillies and chopped snake beans (snow peas work well too), lemon juice and desiccated coconut. The dish is cooked within 10 minutes. I heat oil and splutter mustard seeds and dried chilli, add onion and curry leaves, get the onion a bit browned, add the green chilli and the beans with a pinch of salt. Cover and sauté for a few minutes, squeeze on the lemon, stir in the coconut, and voila.
  5. Curry is forgiving like that ! Well done, I’d fight for the leftovers too....
  6. Err, I’ve had to move the kimchi outside....fermenting cabbage is powerful stuff !
  7. sartoric

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Thanks for the Crepeshe who must be fed and I went flexitarian about 18 months ago...we don’t eat four legged animals, but still enjoy the occasional chicken or seafood something. We do have a predominately Indian diet, so lentils feature in nearly every meal. Mushrooms are good for B vitamins ( the vegos meat), spinach is a favourite, as are eggs and paneer is another source. Having said that, we both came up slightly B12 deficient after recent blood tests. A course of 3 x B12 shots soon fixed that. Here’s dinner tonight...yummy, although slightly out of focus. Ghee rice, cucumber and dill raita, potato masala, stir fried okra, toor dal and spinach flatbread with a mango pickle.
  8. I found this thread again, and was inspired to try my first ever Kimchi. Here it is with wombok (Napa cabbage) daikon, carrot and spring onions. It’s about 24 hours old, and producing bubbles ! I’m excited!
  9. In Australia we call the one on the right wombok. Makes a great salad with crispy noodles, crushed peanuts, spring onions and a rice wine dressing. Thanks for the topic @liuzhou
  10. George Orwell was a genius. For me it’s an easy way to say “ I don’t eat pig, cow, sheep, goat etc”. I will hopefully own a few chickens soon (for the eggs) and that will probably be the last time I’ll eat any birds. My brother says chickens are so dumb, they’re basically vegetables on legs. He’s weird like that.
  11. No, they’re legs or drumsticks from pretty large chickens. I love thighs too though, not so keen on breast meat.
  12. We no longer eat four legged animals, but can’t quite give up chicken yet...so here’s a really simple chicken masala from The Bangala Table. My mise includes real cinnamon bark (as opposed to cassia bark), cardamom pods, turmeric and chilli powder, tomato purée, lovely legs*, onions, garlic and ginger. In India tomato purée is sold in cans, a purée of strained tomatoes cooked for 20 minutes or so. It is sweeter and milder than tomato paste, a good substitute is passata, or as I’ve used here a couple of puréed tomatoes with a blob of tomato paste. *Lovely legs may be an Australian marketing term, they’re essentially skinned drumsticks with the knuckle lopped off. Usual process, whole spices first, then onions, garlic ginger, tomato and ground spices. The cinnamon adds such a lovely aroma to the dish. We need scratch and sniff screens. We like lots of sauce, the original dish has just a clingon of sauce to moisten. Served with yesterday’s dal, steamed rice and Madhur Jafferys (and my) everyday okra, a tomato and onion pachadi* and a blob of lime pickle. *Pachadi is the Southern India version of raita. It nearly always contains a spoon of sugar and few or no spices. This one is red onion, tomato, green chillies, salt and sugar mixed into yogurt. Simple and surprisingly delicious, also from The Bangala Table.
  13. I think it would work fine. When presented with missing ingredients and possible substitutes, I say to myself “what would an impoverished Indian do” ?..and then use whatever is available.
  14. Tamil eggplant & chickpea curry - recipe is from a restaurant run by a group of Tamil (Sri Lankan) asylum seekers in Melbourne. The eggplant is chopped, mixed with turmeric and salt, then lightly fried and removed, sauté mustard, fennel and cumin seeds, add onions, garlic and chilli, a can of chickpeas and it’s liquid, the eggplant and tamarind paste. Garnish with coriander. Next to it is a mallum (mallung, or some other spelling) of kale. Another Sri Lankan dish, almost any green leafy veggie can be mallumed. In a saucepan put finely chopped onion, chopped leafy green of choice, chopped green chilli, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp Maldive fish powder, salt and juice of half a lemon. Moisten with water if necessary, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, then add a few spoonfuls of desiccated coconut. This dish works well cold as a salad too. Seen here with some of yesterday’s dal, ghee rice and a blob of pickle.
  15. This is not a curry but there are exotic and aromatic spices ! The potato masala makes a great side dish too. Masala dosa is a traditional South Indian breakfast pancake stuffed with potato masala, and served alongside sambar (a soupy lentil and vegetable dish) and several fresh chutneys. We don’t eat breakfast at home but love this, so it often becomes a dinner time meal. The dosa batter is made from urad dal (skinned and split black lentils) and rice. Both grains are soaked overnight with a few fenugreek seeds, then blended until smooth, mixed and left to ferment for eight hours or so. It’s not warm enough for fermentation here yet, so I cheat and use a packet mix. The dosa get cooked on a tawa, a brilliant pan for pancakes, chapatis or paratha. The potato masala is made by frying off a tsp of channa dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and 10 or so curry leaves, then chopped onion, green chilli and grated ginger. Peeled and chopped potatoes are added with turmeric, salt and water. Simmer until cooked then stir through chopped coriander. Sambar can be made with almost any veggies on hand, today that was carrot, okra and green beans. I fry a few mustard seeds, then curry leaves, a little chopped onion, garlic and ginger, then add chopped tomatoes, the veggies, water and cooked toor dal. Simmer until the carrot is just tender and add sambar powder. Sambar powder (technically a curry powder) is available at any decent Asian grocer, mine contains coriander, chilli, turmeric, fenugreek, asafoetida, curry leaf and three types of dal. I make a trillion variations of this soup, it’s great for a light lunch served with toast. If you don’t have cooked lentils on hand, split red lentils (masoor dal) or split mung beans (mung dal) both cook quickly and add the desired thickness. The traditional chutneys are coconut, tomato and coriander. Seen here from right to left. The packet dosa mix broke up a bit, it’s more difficult to handle than one made from scratch...still tasty !