Tag Archives: cumin

KERALAN AUBERGINE CURRY

One of my favourite restaurants in Southend specialises in Keralan cuisine – and when I couldn’t afford it but really wanted a rich, spicy curry, I decided to make my own version. Aubergines are comparitively expensive to buy individually, so [...]
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AUBERGINE & KIDNEY BEAN BURGERS

  This recipe came about from a leftover aubergine rolling around in the fridge that desperately needed using up, and one of my storecupboard staples, a can of red kidney beans, was happily on hand to help. Regular readers will know I love a lightly [...]
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CHOCOLATE, CHILLI & BLACK BEAN SOUP

It’s just a matter of days until my book launch on the 27th, so I’ve decided to blog one of my favourites from the book, featured in last weekend’s edition of the Observer Food Monthly magazine… First up, Chocolate, Chilli And [...]
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CURRIED EGGS.

I’ve had a hankering for Curried eggs for the past couple of days, I’m not sure why… So tonight, I knocked this one together. Rich and simple, cheap and easy, this is set to become a Major favourite in my household… Ingredients: [...]
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SMOKED MACKEREL KEDGEREE

This kedgeree was another recipe idea suggested by my readers based in my food shop – and it was an absolute hit – Thankyou everyone who suggested it! The mackerel can be replaced with any smoked or strong fish, and the spices can be swapped out [...]
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SPICED SPLIT PEA & YOGHURT SOUP

This recipe came about after I bought a bag of yellow split peas on a whim to make a daal, and never quite got around to it. Fishing them out of the back of the storecupboard this week, I was determined to finally put them to use, so I asked my blog readers [...]
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KIPPER & PARSNIP RISOTTO

So, I have a MASS of parsnips left over from cooking for The One Show last week (or the week before), and they’re starting to go a bit wrinkly in the way that vegetables do when you buy them in bulk for cheapness and end up despairing at what on earth [...]
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FISH KORMA

The first of my recipes from my charity curry night to make it onto the blog (it’s probably fair to say that it’s been a very busy week) – I half invented this, half recalled a vague korma recipe from the depths of my overcrowded brain, so [...]
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Banana, chickpea and tea curry (trust me on this one, it’s amazing.)

This is my take on a banana curry I had in the Isle of Wight after the literary festival. It’s not a traditional Kashmir curry, as I used what I had in the cupboard, but it is utterly delicious. The tea is the twist, but trust me, it works, lending a [...]
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Mumma Jack’s Best Ever Chilli – Revisited. 39p.

Tonight I decided to make my ‘best ever chilli’ – but instead of soaking black beans like I usually do, I decided to make this a little easier. It was late, we wanted to eat in 15 minutes, so here’s my quick-n-easy version. We had [...]
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Lentil and spinach Daal, 66p.

So, if you’ve made the Beetroot, Feta and Lentil salad that I kicked off my Guardian recipe column with – or you have some lentils and spinach still kicking about, here’s a recipe for a quick warming winter dinner. It’s easy and [...]
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Spiced Potato Soup, 10p

Spiced potato soup, serves four for 10p each. Ingredients* One tin of tinned potatoes, 15p One chicken stock cube, 2p (15p/packet of 10) Pinch of cumin, 3p (95p/42g jar) One onion, 11p 100ml natural yoghurt, 9p (45p/500ml) Method: 1, Peel and chop the onion [...]
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Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 22p

Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 87p for 4 portions, or 22p each. This is my favourite curry, my go to, my easy but perfect comfort food. I used to make this with turkey, which at £1.75 for a 600g drumstick would serve four people easily (pre-roast [...]
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CARROT, CUMIN & KIDNEY BEAN BURGER

This burger is where the media storm began, and dubbed ‘the 9p burger’ because of the low cost of the ingredients used to make it, it’s one of my most popular recipes. A can of value range red kidney beans is a cheap but excellent source of protein [...]
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Mexican Chocolate, Chilli & Black Bean Soup, 25p

Mexican Chocolate, Chilli and Black Bean Soup, 99p. Serves 4 at 25p per portion. In a fit of organisation, I got up an hour early this morning to make myself some of this for my lunch. I’d popped the beans in cold water to soak for a chilli tonight, [...]
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Carrot & Coriander Falafels, 23p.

Carrot and coriander falafels, 91p. Makes 12ish falafels, serves 4 at 23p each. Ingredients:* 3tbsp vegetable oil, 6p (£4.50/3l) 1 onion, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) 400g can of chickpeas, 69p shake of cumin, 4p (95p/46g) 1 carrot, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) parsley, [...]
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Moroccan Not-A-Tagine, 24p per portion

Moroccan tagine-thing (not technically a tagine as it wasn’t ‘cooked in a tagine’ but ‘sweet spicy stew’ doesn’t sound as authentic as this tastes. So there.) Makes six small portions at 24p each or four ‘hungry person’ portions at 35p each. [...]
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Carrot, Cumin & Kidney Bean Soup

This recipe came about after seeing the tins of soup in the supermarket and thinking, ‘I can do better than that.’ So rather than stocking up on thin tomato soup (with suspiciously few tomatoes) I thought I’d treat myself to some cheap, versatile, [...]
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