Indian, Stew

Indian lentil curry with green beans and carrots

A tasty and spicy lentil curry with Indian flavors which goes very well together with chapati (see recipe under Masala-flavored dhal with yellow peas and chapati).

Serves 5

3 dl dried green lentils
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
350 g green beans
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1.3 liter of water
2 tsp herb salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the caraway seeds for a couple of minutes. Add the onion and fry for another couple of minutes. Add garlic, ginger and tomato paste and fry for one more minute. Add the lentils, water and all the spices and boil for 15 minutes. Add the carrots and boil another 10 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer for another couple of minutes. Serve the curry with chapati or rice.

Salad, Tex-mex

Vegetarian nachos platter

A vegetarian version of a classic dish! Feel free to make more cheese gratinated nachos than in the recipe and eat as a snack, it’s dangerously good!

Serves 4

1 batch of fried black beans (see recipe under Corn tortillas with fried beans and guacamole)
130 g tortilla chips
100 g cheese, e.g. cheddar, grated
2 dl sour cream
100 g salsa sauce
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 bell peppers, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
200 g corn

Preheat the oven to 225 °C. Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Gratinate in the oven until the cheese bubbles, about 5 minutes. Prepare the fried black beans according to the recipe earlier in the blog. Mix the chopped vegetables and corn. Serve the cheese gratinated nachos with vegetables, fried black beans, a dollop of sour cream and salsa sauce.

Italian, Pasta

Vegetarian spaghetti bolognese with olives

This is a vegetarian variant of spaghetti bolognese with flavors of oregano, tomatoes, olives and olive oil. This is good!

Serves 5-6

1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
460 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
230 g cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
130 g green olives
500 g crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Oil for frying
Olive oil to drizzle

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another half a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and all spices. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the beans and olives. Serve the bolognese with spaghetti and drizzle with a good olive oil on top!

Indian, Stew

Chickpea curry with halloumi

A spicy tomato stew with chickpeas is very tasty, and with halloumi it will be even better! (The recipe is inspired by a recipe in the magazine Buffé, from 2014.)

Serves 4

1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
460 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
500 g passata
65 g fresh spinach
400 g halloumi, diced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the halloumi until golden brown. Put it aside. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another half a minute. Then add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes. Serve with rice.

American, Fusion, Mediterranean, Patties and burgers

Lentil burgers with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes and coleslaw

These lentil burgers have a delicious Mediterranean taste. They are nice to eat with any type of side dish. Here is a suggestion with coleslaw, which is so good!

Serves 4

1 batch lentil burgers (recipe below)
1 batch coleslaw (recipe below)
1 batch garlic yoghurt (recipe below)
8 hamburger buns (preferably wholemeal)
8 lettuce leaves
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced

Prepare the lentil burgers, coleslaw and garlic yoghurt according to the recipes below. Serve the burgers in hamburger buns together with lettuce leaf, garlic yogurt, sliced tomato and red onion.

Lentil burgers with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes

2 dl red lentils
2 carrots, roughly grated
1 onion, finely chopped
1 dl sunflower seeds
3 dl oatmeal
150 g feta cheese, coarsely crumbled
1 dl sun-dried tomatoes, shredded
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
2 tsp oregano
Oil for frying

Boil the lentils according to the instructions on the package. Mix them with the other ingredients. Shape the batter to 8 burgers and fry them in oil until they become browned on both sides.

Coleslaw

400 g white cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, cut into thin sticks
1/2 red onion, chopped
2.5 dl crème fraiche
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Dijon mustard
0.5 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper

Mix.

Garlic Yoghurt

2 dl yoghurt
1 garlic cloves, crushed

Mix.

Fusion, Indian, Thai, Wraps

Wraps with curry beans, banana, peanuts and coconut

Curry, banana, peanuts and coconut. An unbeatable combo!

Serves 4

700 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
0.5 dl of tomato purée
2.5 dl crème fraiche
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp yellow curry powder
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
4 bananas, sliced
8 leaves romaine lettuce
8 tortilla breads
Peanuts (at will)
Grated coconut (at will)

Mix the beans, tomato paste, crème fraiche and spices in a pot. Heat and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Make wraps by putting a lettuce in a tortilla bread and top it with the spiced beans, sliced banana, peanuts and coconut. Roll up the wrap and eat!

Italian, Soup

Italian lentil soup

There are many good recipes on Kung Markatta’s homepage! Here is my version of their Italian lenticchie soup. It’s a very rich soup with delicious flavors of root vegetables, mushrooms and herbs!

Serves 6

3 dl dried green lentils
1 carrot, sliced
1 parsnips, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
250 g champignons, sliced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500 g crushed tomatoes
7 dl water
2 tbsp thyme
2 tsp herb salt
1.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 handful bunch of parsley
Oil for frying
Grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil for serving

Heat oil in a pan and fry all the vegetables and onions for 5 minutes. But include the garlic only the last minute. Add lentils, chopped tomatoes and water and boil for about 25-30 minutes. Add parsley and blend the soup with a hand blender. Serve it with grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil curled over.

Morrocan, Stew

Chickpea tagine with saffron

This is a dish with north African flavors. It’s very flavorful and goes well together with couscous. The recipe is inspired by a recipe in The Meat Free Cookbook.

Serves 5

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
2 carrots, sliced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 cm pieces
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 zucchini, cut into half-moons
500 g crushed tomatoes
700 g cooked chickpeas, drained weight
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 g saffron
1 cinnamon stick
3 dl water
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for one minute. Add carrots, celery, potato, garlic and ginger and fry for another two minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, water and all the spices. Boil for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables have become al dente. Add the zucchini, bell peppers and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Serve the tagine with whole wheat couscous.

Indian, Stew

Mung beans in coconut curry

This dish tastes like nothing I’ve tasted before! I think it may be the toasted cumin seeds which give a special flavor, or it may be a combination of all the ingredients. So it’s hard for me to explain what it tastes like, you simply have to trust me that it is good and try it for yourselves! (The recipe is inspired from Vikram Vij’s recipe from the cookbook Vij’s at Home.)

Serves 6

3 dl dried mung beans
500 g passata
4 dl coconut milk
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp caraway seeds
2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp herb salt
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 handful cilantro, chopped
Oil for frying (eg rapeseed oil)

Cook the beans according to the instructions on the package. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the cumin seeds one minute. Add garlic and ginger and fry for another minute. Stir in the passata, coconut milk, and all the dry spices and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Add the beans and cilantro and bring it to a boil again. Serve the curry with brown rice.

Indian, Stew

Kidney beans and rice (Rajma Chawal)

This is a very common Indian dish which is very flavorful! The recipe is inspired from Vikram Vij’s recipe in the cookbook Vij’s at home. Instead of teaspoons of spices he uses tablespoons! Hence it has a lot of taste of various spices. The dish is also very easy to prepare and inexpensive! So there is no reason not to try it!

Serves 6

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp of finely grated ginger
500 g crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp coriander
2 tsp ground chilli peppers
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp herb salt
700 g of cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
1 dl plain yogurt
Oil for frying (eg rapeseed oil)

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for one minute. Add garlic and ginger and fry for another half a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and all the spices and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in kidney beans and yoghurt and bring to a boil. Serve with rice (or naan or chapati).