Showing posts with label home made. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home made. Show all posts

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Home made Indian banquet

- Coconut Water Dahl 
- Curried Vegetables
- Quinoa

Coconut Water Dahl - Curried Vegetables - Quinoa
This menu can be cooked at the same time and all will cook in about 20 minutes ... on the table in about 40 minutes even with preparation being taken into consideration ... why not give it a go as its ingredients  cost very little and when served decorated as described could easily be taken for authentic Indian cuisine by your family. 

Curried Vegetables


  • Prepare what ever vegetables you prefer ... I have used large chunks of pumpkin, sweet potato, broccolini and baby spinach leaves.
  • In a adequate saucepan place a little oil and fry off a couple of teaspoons of mustard seeds, and the same of cumin seeds along with a couple of bay leaves until popping and fragrant.
  • Sprinkle into this mix a good dessert spoon of curry powder and then add the root vegetables and stir to coat and start the cooking process ... 
  • Finally cover with water and bring to the boil then lower the heat and cover to cook for about 15 minutes ... add the lighter vegetables such as broccoli about halfway though and finally the spinach that just needs to wilt add at the very end and stir through to serve. 

Coconut Water Dahl


  • In a large saucepan soften off a diced onion for a few minutes and then add a couple of teaspoons of fresh grated ginger a couple teaspoons of ground cumin a touch of cayenne pepper to your liking and a 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric ... when fragrant 
  • add 2 cups of red lentils and 2 cans or 600 ml coconut water and 400 ml water and cook for 15-20 minutes ... add more water as this cooks if you prefer a soupier rather than thick Dahl.
Quinoa (as an alternative to rice)
  • Cook about a 1/2 cup per person by the absorption method instructions on the packet and by using coconut water or ordinary water or a mixture of both will give you a nice sweet flavour.
Serve these dishes in the centre of the table presented in individual bowls and sprinkled with fresh coriander, piping hot ... top the Dahl with a little natural yoghurt or serve on the side so the family can add their own as they choose. I don't make mine spicy at all however if you do the yoghurt becomes a cooling source of flavour.

If there are any left overs ... heat and serve the next day ... curries intensify in flavour the following day ... Yummo!!!



Friday, April 20, 2012

Roast Vegetable Pizza

Roast Vegetable Pizza
Home made Pizza is the best ... topped with all the family favourites... everyone is happy.
Rye bread flour crusty pizza base made from scratch
You can use a purchased pizza base or pita/mountain breads make a great crunchy alternative... or make your own also very simple...


Individual serving sizes ... Vegetarian dish
  • 220 grams of Pizza or bread flour (I have have used a Rye bread flour), 1 teaspoon of dry yeast, a pinch of salt and about 150 ml of water ... dust with a little flour knead lightly and place in a bowl covered with a tea towel for the proofing process to happen...when doubled in size, knead lightly again and then form into your pizza base ... keeping it thin and pricking with a fork will mean a crispier base, thicker will be more bread like. 
  • While waiting roughly chop, uniform in size, all the veggies you like to roast I have used zucchini, pumpkin, capsicum, mushroom, cherry tomato and onion... drizzled in olive oil and chopped fresh herbs of rosemary, thyme, mint, salt and pepper. Bake these until just cooked through because the cooking process will be finished when on the pizza base.
  • Spread your choice of either a pizza tomato sauce or creamed cheese or maybe a basil pesto over the base and cover with the roast vegetables and a little grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Fresh greens used here are baby spinach and bean shoots
  • Finish off the cooking process in a 180 oven until the base is cooked through and crunchy on the bottom... serve topped with some fresh greens of your choice and a drizzle of olive oil.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mushrooms with coriander on toast

Mushrooms with coriander on toast















  • Slice and dice many and varied fresh mushrooms. Tonight I only have buttons at my disposal but that wont stop me being creative.
  • Remove the leaves from the coriander for decoration later... chop finely the the stems and leaves of coriander and/or any other fresh herbs you have to hand. Jamie suggests that mushrooms go wonderfully with rosemary, which is also very simple to grow and will always be on hand once you have it established in the garden.
  • Heat (medium flame) in a frying pan, a large slosh of olive oil and a knob of butter. Quickly toss the mushies and herbs until softened and then add to taste: soy, salt, cracked black pepper, balsamic vinegar. This serves a double purpose of both creating flavour and a thin tasty sauce.
  • Serve with home made  multi grain seed bread and lashings of home made butter.