Lots of people are working on reducing their meat consumption at present, it sounds easy but if you are doing it you need to replace that meat protein with some other protein sources. Some examples would be soya, tofu, all forms of bean from kidney to cannellini to black beans, eggs, cheese, quinoa and pulses including lentils.
Having Sri-Lankan blood I absolutely LOVE lentils. So here is one of my favourite ways to cook them – DHAL.
Dhal is legendary in my family. We’ve all grown up on it and a meal of curry and rice is not complete without it. It’s incredibly versatile, can be made with all types of lentils and pulses and you can add most veggies to it too. Also a great dish for weaning 🙂
I also have a love of aubergine (or eggplant), so here is my recipe combining the two, slow cooked for true laziness.
An easy dhal recipe using the amazing aubergine, low GI, high in protein and super healthy.
1tsp each of mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, garam masala and cumin
Saute the onion in pan or crockpot with spices, then add ginger and garlic, plus all other ingredients. Stir well, add water so it's covered by about 1/2 inch and leave to cook on high for 5 hours. Check the fluid level and towards the end of cooking add 100ml milk. I cooked mine for most of the day, it smelt divine.
Curry. We all seem to love it in the UK. I come from a Sri-Lankan background so to me curry has always been an important part of life. My problem is it has to be GOOD curry. I don’t mean super chilli-power but…. the fragrantly spiced, cooked from scratch, packed with fresh ingredients type of curry.
The best way to share curry is with friends, so today that’s what we did.
6 adults (including Steph and Dee), 5 children, 3 curries plus accompaniments. IT WAS GOOD!
Here’s a run down of what we had:
Sri-Lankan Chicken Curry
Butternut Squash and greens
Steph’s flatbreads with cumin seeds
Yoghurt to help the children’s palates
A few of my grandmothers homemade cutlets and patties.
The best bit of the meal for me…. the general chatter, people hanging out, children playing and then watching a whole table tuck in. Even the smallest ones enjoyed it. What’s your favourite way to enjoy curry?
I’m half Sri-Lankan so loving Sri-Lankan food is a given…and the greens that my grandmother (Archchi) cooks are an all round favourite of mine. So I was very excited to be able to learn how to make this variation which uses a leaf called Mallum. I’d not heard of it before but it’s known in Sri-Lanka to be very nutritious. I also tried a Mallum salad and Mallum style porridge (very green but tasty).
I’m going to try making this dish at home with Swiss chard because that’s what I have growing in my garden. Here’s my great aunt showing us how to do it, in her kitchen in Sri-Lanka.
What are your favourite curry recipes? Have you been to Sri-Lanka, I’d love to know.
Breakfast….it’s one of my favourite meals of the day, and even more so when I’m in Sri-Lanka.
I’m half Sri-Lankan and so I have a special love for this teardop shaped island in the sun. We visit regularly as we have lots of family and also work with Young Hope – a charity that supports children orphaned post tsunami and the civil war.
One of the best bits about visiting Sri-Lanka for me has to be the food. I am a true food-a-holic. Good food makes me happy. Tasty, healthy food is even better. Sri-Lankan cuisine can be great for hitting that food spot for me.
In the UK breakfast can be a bit of a dull affair, lots of toast and cereal. Over in Sri-Lanka it’s a whole different story…. think tropical fruit, Hoppers – special pancakes that are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, string hoopers – rice noodles shaped in a round design, omelettes, kiri-bath – coconut rice and many varieties of rice and curry. Yup that’s right, rice and curry for breakfast. I love to embrace all of this and actually rice and curry for brekkie is pretty good. My personal preference is for lentils with a fish curry served with a spoon of chilli hot sambol…..and it’s all wheat free, yay!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve had for breakfast?
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