Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DIY Take-Away!

I made a beef curry from scratch after being inspired by watching the Biggest Loser masterclass recently. It was quick, healthy delicious and didn't cost very much either!

700g beef (could easily substitute chicken, fish, kangaroo or lentils)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground corriander
2 tsp ground tumeric
fresh chilli (omit if you don't like it spicy)
dash of olive oil
1/4 roughly chopped butternut pumpkin (skin on)
1/2 cauliflower
1L beef stock
1 heaped dessert spoon of tomato paste
1 bunch of corriander
1 cup of green peas

1. Dice the beef (or other) and fry off in the bottom of a large saucepan with a spray of olive oil.
2. Whilst the meat is cooking place the spices, garlic and ginger, chilli (if using) and oil in a mortar and pestle and mash up into a paste.
3. When the beef is lightly browned, push it to the side and pour the paste in to the pot and cook through for a minute.
4. Stir together with the beef.
5. Add the pumpkin, cauliflower, stock and tomato paste.
6. Chop up the corriander using all the stalks (chop right up to the root - no waste hehe) Set a few leaves aside and put the rest in the pot. Simmer on low heat for 1.5 hrs min.
7. Right before serving add the peas and then garnish with the remaining corriander.

***Can eat on rice or on its own***
***Good thing about this kind of meal is that you can leave it on the pot simmering for those nights when you may not all hit the dinner table at the same time. The longer it marinades the better it gets. This kind of meal freezes well and makes a great 'go-to' for those busy nights. Better for you and quicker than dialing takeaway***

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