It’s midweek, the fridge is half stocked, you’re tired and not feeling creative. What to make, what to make? Curry! It’s an easy one pot meal, can be ready in under 30 min, is so versatile you can use any vegetables left in the fridge and is exciting, healthy, low in fat and delicious.
This is what I made for dinner tonight after rummaging through my fridge. Enough for 4 people or 2 with leftovers.
1/2 head of cauliflower chopped
1 carrot diced
1 potato skin on, diced
1 clove of garlic minced
1 can of drained chick peas
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup low-fat organic yogurt (or soygurt)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 cup brown basmati rice (soaked in water for 15 min, rinsed twice)
4 cardamom pods
1 bay leaf
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup of low-fat organic yogurt
1/2 cucumber diced
1 tbsp cumin powder
Pinch of salt
Over medium heat in a pot, add the oil and chopped vegetables. Sauté for 3 min. Make a well in the veggies and add in the minced garlic and spices. Cook for about 2 min, until garlic is fragrant.
Add in the rinsed chick peas and canned tomatoes. Stir to incorporate all.
Turn heat down to medium low, add one cup of water and cook for 20 min.
Meanwhile make the rice. Bring to a boil, 1 3/4 cups of water. Add in the bay leaf, cardamom pods, dash of turmeric and pinch of salt. Add in the rice and turn heat to low. Cook, uncovered for 25 min.
For the Raita: incorporate all ingredients together
Check on curry so it doesn’t stick to bottom of pot, heat might be too high if that happens. Stir occasionally.
Once rice is finished cooking, remove cardamom pods and bay leaf and cover for 5-10 min until ready to serve. Fluff with a fork.
After curry has done cooking (potatoes are cooked through). Turn off heat and stir in the yogurt. It’s ready to serve over the rice.
Finish with dollop of raita and warmed pita bread or whole wheat wraps.
Raisins, shredded coconut, toasted almonds or diced apple
Filling, healthy, delicious, cheap!, quick. And (hopefully) enough left over for tomorrow’s lunch 🙂