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Pumpkin curry with black-eyed beans and coconut milk

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1 kg pumpkin or butternut sqash, cut into large chunks

Olive oil to drizzle

1 tblsp garam masala

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tblsp olive oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 green chilis, slit lengthways

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

500 g (after soaking and cooking) black-eyed beans

150 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 x 400 ml tin coconut milk


Place pumpkin pieces in a bowl, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix to coat evenly and arrange in an oven-proof plate in a single layer. Roast at 180 degrees until the pumpkin is soft and tender.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the chilies and the onion and cook till the onion is soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the beans, mix well, and add the tomatoes. Cook for another couple of minutes.

Now add the turmeric, a good pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp salt and the coconut milk. Heat gently and add the pumpkin. Cover and heat through, checing for salt and chili.




My first “First Friday ……” chicken curry

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For one kilo of chicken thigh meat (without skin and bones – METRO has it)

3 tblsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 (real) cinnamon sticks

2 large onions, peeled and chopped

6 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated

6 cloves garlic, crushed

Chili to taste, for example 1 tsp chili powder, or 2 fresh chilies

1 tsp salt

200 g tinned tomatoes or tomato passata

2 tblsp tomato concentrate

1,5 tsp ground cumin

A half tsp ground turmeric

3 tblsp full-fat yoghurt

1 tsp garam masala


Heat the oil and fry cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks shortly. Then add the onions and cook on medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Blend the ginger, garlic, chilies and salt with just enough water to make a coarse paste.

Add the paste to the onions and simmer for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomato and cook for a few minutes to a thick paste, stirring occasionally.

Then add the tomato concentrate and the rest of the spices. Simmer.

Whisk the yoghurt and incorporate it, once tblsp at a time. Cook through and let all the flavours meld.

Add the chicken and simmer for arund 30 minutes. Before serving, add the garam masala and heat through.

“White” lamb curry

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Spice blend for 1 kilo of lamb cubes:

2 tblsp fennel seeds

Seeds from 1 tblsp green cardamom pods

1 tsp cloves

1 (real) cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

Dry roast all of the above for a minute or two until lightly toasted. Then grind to a powder.

Mix the powder well with the lamb and 4 cm grated ginger, five cloves garlic finely crushed, and 100 g full-fat yoghurt. Marinate for at least half an hour.

Blend 100 g cashew nuts to a paste with 1 tblsp boiling water.

Heat 100 g ghee over medium heat and soften (do not brown) one medium-sized onion, coarsely chopped. Add the meat with all the marinade and enough water to almost cover the meat.

Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Add a heaped tsp salt and 1 tsp ground seeds from green cardamom pods.

Add the cashew nut paste and 50 ml double cream. Add water if needed. Heat through before serving.

Fish does not have to be boring if you cook it with spices, fennel and yoghurt

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600 g fish in large chunks

Blend one half tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp ground mustard seeds, 2 tsp ground coriander seeds, 1 tsp ground cumin, chili to taste, a knob of chopped fresh ginger, 3 large cloves garlic and a dl of water to a paste.

Heat 5 tblsp olive oil and fry a (real) cinnamon stick, five green cardamom pods and three cloves for a minute, then add two medium onions, halved and finely sliced, and simmer for about ten minutes, till the onions start to turn light brown.

Add the spice mixure and sauté, stirring occasionally, for ten minutes, adding more water if necessary.

Whip 2 dl full-fat yoghurt and add to the spice mixture and stir well.

Then add two fennel bulbs, trimmed and finely sliced. Cook till the fennel starts to soften.

Carefully fold in the fish and cook for a minute or more, depending on the fish and size of the pieces.

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