Sunday, June 5, 2011

Green Garlic & Roti Crumbs

I am sure you all must be wondering what this is about, well it is a traditional winter dish amongst the Gujerathi community, and it falls into the comfort food bracket. The green garlic used here looks very much like spring onions, however garlic leaves are flat and not tubular like the spring onions. They are available at green grocers that stock a variety of Indian vegetables or you can get it at chinese vegetable shops or you could just use garlic chives from woolies and add a bit of fresh garlic to get the extra garlic flavour. 

Green Garlic with Roti Crumbs

375ml chopped green garlic
5ml freshly chopped garlic
20ml butter or ghee
375ml roti crumbs (or you can use toasted bread crumbs)
7ml salt


  • Heat butter or ghee on medium heat in a medium size pan and add the chopped green garlic and garlic and allow to fry for a few minutes or until the green garlic starts to wilt
  • Add the roti or bread crumbs and mix throughly cover the pan and turn the heat off and allow to rest for about 5minutes
  • Season with salt and serve warm in little bowls.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Curried Butter Beans

Routine was gone out the door during the past week & half, with all the public holidays, it was always just cooking something quickly. I have to admit i did not over-indulge, which for me is a good sign. I thought i need to make a good hearty meal and i know butter beans and roti with a nice kachoomer salad is aways a hit, and the weather in Joburg is also ideal for a nice curry.

Curried Butter Beans

500ml boiled butter beans (or the canned variety)
25ml cooking oil
3 curry leaves
3ml aniseeds
100ml chopped onion
5ml chilli powder
10ml cumin and coriander powder
2ml turmeric
7ml ginger & garlic paste
100ml grated tomatoes
15ml tomato paste
10ml salt
45ml chopped fresh coriander


  1. To Boil Beans: wash beans and cook in a pressure cooker for about 20minutes or 5 whistles
  2. Alternatively boil the beans the conventional method for about 2hours or till tender
  3. Or just open up 2 cans of canned butter beans and follow the method from hereon
  4. Heat oil in another pot, add the curry leaves, aniseed and allow to splutter, add the chopped onions and allow to brown lightly
  5. Add the balance of the spices, plus the garlic and ginger mixture and allow to cook for a minute or two and lower the heat
  6. Add the tomatoes, and salt allow to cook for about 15-20 minutes
  7. Now add the beans and simmer on low heat for about 35min
  8. Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve with roti's or basmati rice


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

45ml cooking oil
1medium onion-chopped
2-3pieces cinnamon
8-10 curry leaves
1 dry chilli
2ml cumin seeds
2ml mustard seeds
2ml fenugreek seeds
10ml ground ginger & garlic
10ml chilli powder
5ml cumin powder
5ml coriander powder
7ml turmeric powder
5ml Biryani-Mix Spices
500ml tastic rice
125ml brown lentils
750ml frozen mix vegetables
20ml salt
8-10 baby potatoes
Chopped fresh coriander


  1. Soak rice and lentils separately in warm water for about 1hour
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy based pot and add onions and allow to brown on medium heat
  3. Add all other spices and allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes
  4. Add the washed rice and lentils, mix vegetables and the potatoes, and  about 500ml water
  5. Lower heat and allow to cook for about 45minutes (add more water if necessary) or until the potatoes are tender and the rice is cooked
  6. Sprinkle chopped coriander before serving and serve with plain yoghurt and a mixed salad

Mix Salad

250ml grated carrots
250ml finely shredded lettuce
100ml chopped mixed peppers
100ml chopped tomatoes
75ml chopped cucumber
75ml grated radish
2ml finely chopped green chilli
75ml chopped onion
15ml shredded mint leaves
10ml vinegar


  • Mix all of the above together and serve with vegetable biryani


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Green Mung Curry

This is an excellent dish to serve on a cool day, as the spices in the dish give you a feeling of warmth and comfort.

Green Mung

250ml of green mung beans soaked in boiling water for about 30 minutes
5ml chilli powder
5ml cumin powder
5ml coriander powder
2ml turmeric
65ml finely chopped onions
2-3 curry leaves
1-2 dry chillies
7ml garlic and ginger paste
5ml salt
15ml cooking oil
100ml grated tomatoes
50ml chopped coriander


  1. Wash the soaked green mung and put to boil with enough water to cover the content
  2. While the green mung is cooking add the powder spices and allow to cook till tender (35-40minutes)
  3. In a separate pot heat oil and add the chopped onions, curry leaves, chillies, garlic and ginger paste and fry for a few minutes and then add the grated tomatoes-lower heat and allow to simmer for 10minutes
  4. Once the green mung is cooked add to the tomato mixture season with salt and allow to simmer for another 10minutes
  5. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve warm with rice or rotis, pappadums and sambals


Should you want to use a conventional pressure cooker instead of the long cooking method:-
·         Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add chopped onions, curry leaves, chillies, garlic and ginger paste and fry for a few minutes, and then add the grated tomatoes and the chilli, cumin, coriander and turmeric powder and allow to simmer for about 2minutes
·         Wash the green mung and add to the tomato mixture and close the pressure cooker and allow to cook for 10minutes or 3 whistles
·         Once the mung is ready, season with salt and garnish with coriander and serve with rotis, papadamums and sambals


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cabbage & Peas Served With Rotis

Cabbage, Peas & Tomatoes

20ml cooking oil
1 medium onion-chopped
3-4 curry leaves
2-3 dry chillies
1-2 green chillies
3ml mustard seeds
1 head cabbage-shredded
200ml fresh or frozen peas
100ml sliced tomatoes
2ml turmeric powder
5ml mixture of cumin and coriander powder
7ml salt


  1. Heat oil in a heavy based pot, add the onions and allow to brown slightly
  2. Add all of the other spices and allow to splutter
  3. Add the cabbage, peas tomatoes and powder spices, lower heat and allow to cook till cabbage is tender
  4. Season with salt and garnish with chopped fresh coriander, before serving with rotis