Stew, Thai

Lime and coconut curry with tofu and vegetables

A coconut curry flavored with chilli and lemongrass is very good! Here comes a version inspired by a recipe from “The Meat Free Monday Cookbook”.

Serves 7

500 g firm tofu, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 zucchini, cut into sticks
1 eggplant, cut into smaller pieces
1 bell pepper, chopped
125 g baby corn, cut into smaller pieces
250 g champignons, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 lemon grass stalk, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
800 g coconut milk
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp soy
1.5 tsp herb salt
2 tsp turmeric
1 handful bunch of coriander, chopped
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the tofu for about 10 minutes, until it gets golden brown. Put it aside. Fry the onion for a couple of minutes. Add zucchini, eggplant, baby corn and champignons and fry for 4-5 min. Add garlic, chilli, ginger and lime grass and fry for another minute. Stir in tofu, bell peppers, coconut milk, lime juice, soy, salt and turmeric and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve with brown rice.

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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.

Indian, Stew

Chickpea curry with coconut milk and lime

This is a very tasty curry with flavors of coconut milk, green chili and lime.

Serves 4

1 onion, finely chopped
700 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
400 g coconut milk
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
0.5 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp squeezed lime juice
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chilli and fry for another minute. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk, lime juice and spices and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Serve with rice.

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Yoghurt curry with cauliflower and beans

This is a very tasty and flavorful curry dish with a tart flavor of yoghurt and a distinct flavor of roasted caraway seeds which is so good!

Serves 6

1 cauliflower head, divided into smaller florets
1 onion, chopped
250 g champignons, sliced
460 g cooked small white beans (drained weight)
230 g cooked borlotti beans (drained weight)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp grated ginger
5 dl yoghurt
2 dl cream
2 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp turmeric
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the caraway seeds for a couple of minutes. Add the onion, champignons and cauliflower and fry for another 4-5 minutes. Include the garlic and ginger the last minute. Stir in the yogurt, cream and the remaining spices. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir finally in the beans. Serve with brown rice.

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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).

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Masala-flavored dhal with yellow peas and chapati

This is a pea soup with Indian flavors. It goes well together with the Indian bread chapati. Chapati should be made with a special chapati flour consisting of a finely ground wholemeal wheat flour, but I like this version better with a mixture of wheat flour and wholemeal wheat flour.

Serves 5

Dhal

500 g dried yellow peas
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 liter water
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp herb salt
Oil for frying

Soak the peas according to the instructions on the package. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a minute. Add the garlic and fry another half-minute. Add the peas, water and spices and boil according to cooking time on the package of the peas (about 1 hour). Serve with chapati (recipe below).

Chapati

6 dl wheat flour
2 dl wholemeal wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
3 dl water

Knead all ingredients into a smooth dough. Cut the dough into 16 equally sized pieces. Roll out each piece to an approximately 15 cm round cake. Heat a dry pan (preferably a cast iron pan which gives a grilled flavor to the bread). Grill a chapati for about half a minute. Turn it and grill the other side until it starts to bubble. Flip it again and grill until the underside until it is browned. Do the same with the remaining pieces of dough. Serve them preferably warm!

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Mutter Paneer

This is my new favourite dish! Homemade paneer (Indian cheese) is very tasty and creamy. It tastes yummy together with the spicy tomato sauce and green peas.

Serves 4-5

1 batch of paneer (recipe below)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
4 tomatoes, chopped (or 400 g of crushed tomatoes)
3 dl green peas
0.5 dl cream
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp herb salt
Oil for frying

Make the paneer according to the recipe below. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a minute. Add garlic and ginger and fry for another half a minute. Add the tomatoes, cream and spices and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally stir in the peas and paneer. Serve it with rice or naan or chapati (see recipe under Masala-flavored dhal with yellow peas and chapati).

Paneer

2 l milk, 3% fat
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Boil the milk in a large pot. Stir every now and then. Remove the pan from the heat when the milk starts to boil and add the lemon juice. Stir for a minute until it becomes a grainy liquid. Place a dish-cloth in a strainer. Pour the liquid with curd onto the cloth and let the liquid drain away (the liquid may be saved to be used to make chapati or naan bread). Squeeze the towel to make as much of the liquid as possible to go out. Flatten the curd inside the towel to a 2 cm thick cake. Put something heavy on top of it and let stand for about 30 minutes until it has become compact. Then cut the cheese into 2 cm cubes.

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Chickpea curry with coconut milk, potato and cauliflower

This is a very tasty and creamy curry with Indian flavors. Its spiciness is nicely rounded off with a tangy dollop of yoghurt.

Serves 4-5

1 onion, chopped
500 g potatoes, diced into 1 cm cubes (preferably with skin on)
1 small cauliflower head, divided into smaller florets
460 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
8 dl coconut milk
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp turmeric
1.5 tsp ground chilli pepper
Oil for frying
Yoghurt for serving

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions, potatoes and cauliflower for a couple of minutes. Include the garlic the last half-minute. Pour in the coconut milk and add all the spices. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes have become soft. Stir in the chickpeas and serve the curry with a dollop of yogurt.

Malaysian, Stew

Malaysian Laksa Curry

This is a vegetarian version of the Malaysian curry Laksa. It contains many tasty vegetables and the sauce is very rich with nice flavors of lemongrass, ginger, chilli and lime.

Serves 5-6

225 g firm tofu, diced
2 onions, chopped
500 g champignons, sliced
150 g fresh green beans, cut into smaller pieces
125 g fresh baby corn, cut into smaller pieces
200 g noodles
800 g coconut milk
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 lemon grass stalk, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red chillies, chopped
2 tsp dried crushed lime leaves
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tbsp turmeric
2 tbsp soy
2 tbsp lime juice
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the tofu for about 10 minutes, until browned. Put the tofu aside. Fry the onions for one minute. Add the green beans, baby corn, champignons, chilli, garlic and lemongrass and fry another couple of minutes. Add the tofu and pour in the coconut milk. Break noodles into small pieces and stir them into the stew. Add the curry powder, turmeric, lime leaves, soy and lime juice and simmer for a few minutes until the noodles have softened. Serve!