Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recipe: Mixed Vegetable Balti

Bit of a "Cheat" curry recipe really, using ready made Balti curry paste instead of seperate spices, but its delicious anyway, so who cares. And its easy too. And to be honest i love Patak's curry pastes. They are all really nice, in particular this Balti one is lush and I really reccomend the Korma curry paste too. Funnily enough I dont think it actually works THAT well as a curry paste for Kormas, but it is a nice spice blend used for other curry dishes- my mum makes a killer new potato curry using it. I reckon this dish would go down well with my keema matar, don't you think? This is a simple, fairly low fat, very healthy vegetarian curry- A delicious way to get your five a day. (PS: Must apologise for that table- Filthy! Shall have to help my mum with the housework once in a while)

Mixed Vegetable Balti (serves 6 ) 77p per portion (81p with rice)

3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large white onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
4 heaped tbsp Balti curry paste
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
500g potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large cauliflower, stalked and cut into small florets
1 tin chopped tomatoes
600ml vegetable stock
3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped roughly
150g green beans, diced
1 tsp sugar
Salt and black pepper to taste
Extra chopped fresh coriander and natural yoghurt for garnish

1. Sautee the onion and garlic in the oil for five minutes, covered, to soften.
2. Remove the lid and cook for a further couple of minutes, or until beginning to brown.
3. Add the curry paste and stir in the onions, cooking for 1 minute. Stir in the diced potato and carrots, and cook covered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the cauliflower, tinned tomatoes and vegetable stock, and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add the green beans, coriander, and sugar and cook for further 15 minutes
6. Season to taste. Check that the vegetables are all fully cooked, and serve.

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