When i’m in pain and fatigued but hungry as hell, my Le Creuset becomes my best friend (despite weighing a ton). I just chop up a load of stuff, throw it in the casserole dish, pour sauce on top and bung it in the oven for an hour. And it works with literally anything.
This curry I threw together last night because I wanted something filling with minimal fuss, and something that I could portion out to give me at least 3 more dinners for the week.
I make my own curry powder that I keep in a jar in my cupboard. My cooking is so haphazard that I honestly have no clue of measurements, but if you start with the following as a base, then you can add or take away to you heart’s content!
CURRY POWDER BASE:
- 1 x tbsp dried Cumin
- 1 x tbsp dried corriander
- 1 x tbsp dried Turmeric
- 1 x tbsp dried Garam Masala
- half a teaspoon ground black pepper
- a pinch of chilli powder
This is what I used, but don’t be afraid to add other vegetables or change the ones i’ve listed here.
- 2 x cans coconut milk
- 1 x can of chopped tomatoes
- 2-3 sweet potatoes
- 1 x red onion
- 1 x tbsp coconut oil
- 150g chickpeas (i soaked mine overnight, but canned is just as good!)
- 50g red lentils
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 100g dried apricots
- Heat up your casserole dish on the hob and add the coconut oil, a teaspoon of the curry powder and the chopped onion and fry off for a couple of minutes
- Add 1 of the cans of coconut milk and 2 x tbsp of curry powder and give a quick stir and leave to simmer whilst you chop your sweet potatoes (and any other veg you want to add).
- Chuck everything else in the pan, including the other can of coconut milk and the can of chopped tomatoes
- Stir for a bit until the coconut milk is all blended in. Give it a taste and add some more curry powder if needed, and some seasoning.
- Put a lid on the the pot and bung it in the oven for 1 hour at 180c.
- After an hour, take out of the oven and give it a stir.
- Leave the lid off and put back in the oven for 30 minutes
I cheat and use microwave rice packets as they’re quick and easy. After the 30 minutes is up for the curry in the oven, microwave your rice, serve and then enjoy!
I had 3 portions left over so I put them in containers and put them in the fridge for my dinners this week.
And that, my friends, is Sunday Spoonie Curry a la Vickey!