Curry A La Me

IMG_3069_polarrWhen someone asks me for my favourite dinner recipe, I have to include curry. I loveeee curry! I used to make it with a curry paste, but over the years I’ve experimented with a lot of herbs and spices and now I mostly mix my own spices. I love the smell and tasted of the different spices and this way you can make it exactly the way you want it. Curry is also one of the dishes I often cook in my van, because it’s easy to make it all in one pan. This is the curry I make most often. It’s easy, rather quick and it contains a ton of veggies. You can vary with the vegetables if you like. You can add (or replace) vegetables, like: courgette, cauliflower and green beans for example. Instead of tofu you can add chickpeas instead. I like eating mine with brown rice. Makes it a super healthy and nutritious meal.

D6BB4002-13CC-4AA5-BDBF-871798BA1071CURRY A LA ME

Serves: 4

1 big red onion (chopped)
1/2 head broccoli (chopped)
1 small aubergine (chopped)
2 garlic (chopped finely)
1/2 thumb size ginger (chopped finely)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
 8 baby corns (copped)
1 tin coconut milk
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt/pepper (to taste)
100 gr mange tout
250gr firm tofu (cubes)

-Fry the onion and the broccoli for 3-4 min on a medium-high heat.
-Add te aubergine, the garlic and the ginger and fry for another 5 min.
-Add the bell pepper and and the baby corn for 2-3 min.
-Pour in the whole tin of coconut milk + all the rest of the spices, add salt/pepper to taste and let it simmer for 2-3 min.
-Add the mange tout and tofu let it simmer for another 2 min.

-Serve with rice, pita or naan.

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Coconut milk / Rice cakes

COCONUT MILK
I love curries. It’s one of my favourite dishes to make, but especially to eat of course. It might be because it’s with coconut milk. I love everything with coconut, I’m quite addicted. A bar with coconut, a smoothie with coconut, a shower gel with coconut.. yes, yes and yes! Now to make curry and all these yummy recipes which include coconut milk (you might have spotted quite a few) I use the coconut milk from ‘Pride’. This is because it has more actual coconut in there than any other brand I know. A lot of times it’s around 50% water and 50% coconut or they added a lot of other very unnecessary ingredients (sometimes even sugar!). Pride coconut milk has 75% coconut inside. If you need the cream of the coconut milk, this is definitely your number one brand. Especially when you want to make whipped coconut cream. So much cream! It’s very tasty too. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not organic, but you can’t have everything I guess. So the next time you make curry, a hot chocolate or a creamy soup, use this. You can get it in a lot of supermarkets, you get more worth for your money.. and it isn’t even expensive

RICE CAKES
A yummy snack or a healthy lunch, rice cakes are very great. Just a rice cake with nut butter is a perfect protein snack and when you put some cream cheese, humous, avocado and veggies on top, you will have a lovely lunch. You do need quite a lot of these ones if you want to have them for lunch though. Because they’re thin it doesn’t fill you up easily. So in general I think these ones are better as a snack. I love rice cakes a lot, also on its own. If I don’t watch out I will eat a whole pack. I actually especially like the thick ones, but I recently discovered a very thin one I like too. The multigrain thins form Sainsbury’s. They are healthy, have a nice bite, have a very different taste and you only need a little bit of something to put on there, perfect. I really like to have them with cream cheese, cucumber and some cracked black pepper. The only thing what is a little less nice is that they break quite fast. Some of them are even already broken in the pack. It is because they’re so thin.

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Keen On Aubergine

img_6378If you read my Christmas Holiday travel post, you know that I made this aubergine dish a lot when I was in Holland. This recipe is just real a winner. In all aspects. It is super easy to make, though it tastes like you have been cooking for hours, it’s super healthy and filling and everybody loves it! It’s a perfect dish for if you have a dinner party, for if a friend is coming over or to bring to someones house if you have been invited. I’m positive people will ask you for the recipe (you can just send them this link..). Also you can easily make a lot of it. You do need quite a big pan for the aubergine in case you want to double or triple the recipe. You might want to do that in two times. It’s worth it though!

img_6379KEEN ON AUBERGINE

Serves: 2

2 cups rice (cooked)
1 aubergines (chopped)
1/3 cup chickpeas
1/2 onion (chopped)
1/2 bell pepper (chopped)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 tbs harissa
1 tsp coriander (ground)
1 tsp cumin (ground)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (ground)
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

img_6380-Cook the rice as described on the package.
-Fry the aubergine with the salt, in the olive oil on a high fire, until it colours brown. (about 5min)
-Add the onion and fry them until they get brown edges. Then add the bell pepper and fry for about 2 minutes.
-Add the harissa, the coriander and the cinnamon and mix well until everything is covered.
-Add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Then let it simmer for about 10 minutes on low fire. Stir now and then.
-Add the chickpeas and mix for one minute.
-Serve with the rice.

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Pepper steak style Pies / Green Curry Paste


img_3328PEPPER STEAK STYLE PIES

In my opinion, Fry’s is one of the best vegan junk food brands. I really really love their burgers, which I might review later. This time I tried something I never tried before, but what looked nice. The ‘pepper steak style pies’. I love things with pastry, I love pepper and so all together I had quite high expectations. I put them in the oven and let them cool down slightly, not to burn my mouth in all my enthusiasm. The pastry is nice and though I did like the filling too, I wasn’t blown away by it. It was very img_2861peppery and the ‘steak’ structure was nice, it just wasn’t very special in my opinion. I also think I missed having veggies in there, becuase normally I would put veggies in myself. So served with a nice salad, I might like them better. Then they’re a nice quick meal actually. It’s not the most healthy thing to eat. If you want to know what ingredients are in the pies or if you want to find out about other Fry’s products, check out their website.

img_3071GREEN CURRY PASTE
One of my favourite foods is green curry with rice. With lots of yummy veggies. There are a lot of curry pastes out there. Unfortunately a lot contain dairy or fish sauce. Luckily there is Thai Taste. They don’t believe in putting silly things in their curry paste. So quite often I fry some veggies (baby corn, broccoli, bell pepper, spring onion and red onion) in a big pan, empty a can of my favourite coconut milk in there and add a big scoop of the curry paste. I let it simmer for about 5 minutes and serve it with rice. It’s so quick and easy! Thai Taste sells the curry paste in a bag, what contains about 10-12 servings, what means you can make a lot of curry dishes with that. I also sometimes just add a little in other sauces or veggies. The taste is great and very important.. it doesn’t contain any crap! No sugar or E-numbers, just herbs and spices. Check out their ingredients on their website.

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Sagar

13493228_1173405976036837_1644767922_oWhen I moved to London, about 3,5 years ago, I was vegetarian and everywhere I went, that word caught my eye. I just changed jobs and I was walking around to get to know the neighbourhood. My new employee gave me a short explanation about where is what and I decided to walk to Hammersmith the first weekend I was off. Whilst I was walking I noticed a sign straight away which said ‘vegetarian cuisine’. An Indian restaurant. I never really went to an Indian restaurant before, but I was so curious about a restaurant with only vegetarian food, that I went inside and sat down to have lunch. I ordered a curry, but I ate it as soup. I didn’t know most people have rice with that, so when I ordered the waiter didn’t really get I only wanted the curry, haha! It was delicious though.

13499672_1173405919370176_272672903_oNow that I’m vegan and I now also know Indian curry is delicious with rice, I decided to go back to see if I like it just as much. It was funny to walk in, as I felt it’s been years and years since I first stept in. The staff welcomed me very friendly and I felt comfortable straight away. I was allowed to find a seat myself. The menu is really big and it took me a while to decide what I wanted. They marked all the dishes with things like ‘contains milk’ etc. but I wasn’t sure if it was also all vegan then. When I asked it turned out they have a separate vegan menu!! Can I get a Hallelujah?! I always appreciate it so much if restaurants actually make a separate menu. And the menu was really good. Not just 2 things to choose from, but it was a proper menu! Loved it! I ordered a nice vegetable curry with garlic rice. I didn’t have to wait very long before beautiful dishes, in very pretty bowls, were in front of me.

13467272_1173405899370178_1105723605_oThe food was delicious. Even more delicious than I can remember. Maybe the rice did make a difference?! Anyway, I really enjoyed it and as I didn’t order a starter, there was still some room for dessert. You can choose from 3 things and I ordered ‘Sheera’. This is a nice, slightly sweet, sort of cake with raisins and nuts. It was warm and tasty, but I personally do prefer something more fresh after my main course.

13467786_1173405982703503_1167097133_oThe interior is quite simple, with the wooden walls and all the wood basically in one colour. I’m not a big fan of this kind of interior, it’s a bit old fashion. But I loved all the beautiful statues in the walls, what made in interesting. I wish I could have taken home the amazing Ganesh statue. I like the outside though. Plain, simple, but clear. I think if they would make the interior more modern they will attract more people. On the other hand, as the it’s all traditional food, maybe the interior is just fine. They do have 3 more restaurants (Covent Garden, West End, Harrow), but I never went there. Maybe I should visit those too or maybe if you guys can tell me what it’s like?! Take a look at their website for more information.

13500008_1173405932703508_1828277724_oAnyway, if you like Indian food and then especially the South Indian traditional kind.. You have to visit Sagar. Their menu is definitely worth a few visits. To try out new things and discover the Indian kitchen. I’m sure I’ll come back here when I feel like having a damping bowl of curry and perfectly cooked rice. Maybe I’ll try out another branch, though I really do like the one in Hammersmith. They are a nice restaurant and the staff is really friendly and it makes your visit very enjoyable!

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