I love a “Fridge raid” dish as you know by now. Something where you look at what you have got in the fridge and come up with something amazing. I tend to do this normally on a Monday or Tuesday when I’ve had lots of Meat or fish over the weekend when maybe you’ve had a roast or similar to takeaway food. I always then thrive on having a vegetarian meal.
Now, One might say this is a Keralan dish or a Sri Lankan Curry as there are some resemblances to it. I just know its a warming curried dish that makes me feel happy when I eat it!
It has a lovely subtle coconut flavour to it which cools along side the spices.
I wanted to show you a recipe that is so easy and quick to make but still makes you feel full after it and believe it or not, its vegan and dairy free!
A dish that will warm your cockles and still give you the satisfaction of being quite a healthy curry.
Veg chickpea & coconut kale curry:
- 1 Onion diced
- 2 tsp Sri Lankan spice mix ( I use Spice Kitchen, all other ground spices and seeds below are too. )
- 1 hot green chilli chopped
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Ground Coriander
- Sea Salt to season
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 thumbnail size of ginger grated
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1/2 400g tin chickpeas drained
- 1 courgette chopped into chunks
- 2 bell peppers diced into inch size pieces
- 1/4 butternut squash chopped into chunks
- 3 handfuls of kale
- 30g red lentils
- 1/2 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Coconut flavour soya yoghurt
- Little bit of water if needed ( If a little dry )
- Long grain Rice to serve
- Cook the butternut squash in boiling water until just starting to soften and then drain and set aside.
- In a frying pan or wok, start to fry off your onions, then after a minute add in all of your spices including the garlic and ginger also. Stir, allowing not to burn your garlic.
- Add in all your veg ingredients except your kale and butternut squash to the pan, the lentils and chopped tomatoes plus a little water and simmer for 15 minutes, not allowing it to dry out.
- Add in your butternut squash, kale, stir and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
* Season to taste if needed, add in your coconut yoghurt and serve with your long grain rice.
An Autumnal risotto that is a lovely alternative recipe for when you want to do something a little more sophisticated but yet its still a great frugal “fridge raid” recipe.
Risottos are a great way of using up what veg you need to. Plus with this dish you are using up any Pumpkin you may still have lying around as many just get thrown away or not bought at all throughout their season. Many just used for decoration.
You can even get the children involved in helping squeezing out all the orange coloured flesh.
Use the Seeds by roasting them in the oven as a tasty snack and if you have any Risotto leftover, make Arancini the next day.
Leeks and Kale are also in season at this time of year so if you like to cook along with them like me, this is the perfect dish for you.
I did this recipe first for BBC Radio Leicester on my regular cooking slot for Ben Jackson’s show. However this time, Ed Stagg was filling in for him. You can hear me showing Ed here how to make it.
It was so popular, I decided to then do it for my weekly column.
Pumpkin risotto with pearl barley, leeks and bacon topped with crispy kale:
1-2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
2-3 handfuls of Carnaroli risotto rice
a good splash of dry white wine
a handful of pearl barley cooked in a little chicken stock
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 medium sized onion diced finely
1/4 leek sliced
1/4 small farmed pumpkin peeled and diced. Plus use some of the flesh inside to squeeze out the orange juice. ( I bought mine from a local Farm called Cattow’s Farm)
800ml homemade chicken stock or 1 gel pot chicken stock to 800ml water, can use veg stock if keeping vegetarian
2 rashers of smoked bacon sliced
Few gratings of parmesan cheese ( parmigiano reggiano )
handful of unsalted butter cold and diced
cracked black pepper to season
A few handfuls of Curly kale
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
sprinkle of sea salt to season and sugar
* Cook off pearl barley to packet instructions.
* Sweat off chopped onion in a pan and cook until starting to go translucent
* Add garlic, stir and then pop in your rice. Stir but not too much.Then de glaze your pan with wine.Cook until starting to reduce.
* Add in hot Chicken stock then ladle by ladle for about 10 minutes, not allowing to stick, but not string too much as this will make the rice glutinous
* pop in your Kale in the oven on 200c or 190 fan for 5 minutes.
* Add in your chopped pumpkin to the risotto and cook for further 5 minutes, then add your leek and cook for a further 3 minutes.
* Fry off your bacon in a separate pan till it goes crispy on the edges
* Then add in your cooked pearl barley and stir only a little. Here you can squeeze the inside bright coloured flesh into the risotto to make an orange colour
* Add your butter to the risotto, plus a little parmesan and cracked black pepper, turn the heat off and cover with a lid.
* Serve in large bowls, top with the bacon, then kale and a snow of parmesan.
Often when it comes around for myself to do Food Friday again for BBC Leicester, which is about every month now. I love to look at what I have already in my Fridge and Cupboards as I want to show people how it is great to tackle a few ingredients and see what you can come up with. I like to show how we can be more frugal by using up things we have and creating something that is quick, easy and has that wow factor. Other times I have to admit, there maybe a certain recipe I want to cover may it be a particular event or season in the Calendar year. I have the skills of being a Chef so I obviously want to share that knowledge with our Listeners.
I had to laugh at Ben’s reaction to when I told him what I had decided to cook. His response was, “Apparently we are doing something spectacular with a cauliflower!” Which I do believe our little humble cauliflower over the last couple of years has lost its pizzaz. I personally LOVE cauliflower (Has to be British over personal choice mind you). It is so versatile and I hope to share many other recipes, however it is going out of season, but still widely available. I won’t tell you what you can do with it as you will just have to listen Here at Ben and Myself chatting about this fantastic Vegetable.
One thing I need to add is that since I did this recipe for BBC Radio Leicester, I actually feel that they should have been called Patties rather than Fritters as with a Fritter it is more likely to be covered with a Batter, which these are not.
Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Kale Fritters:
Makes about 20 fritters
– 1 Whole Cauliflower broke into its florets
– 3 handfuls of Curly Kale chopped
– 1 1/2 sweet potato chopped into 1/3’s if large
– 1 medium onion diced finely
– 3 cloves of Garlic
– 1 tsp of Cumin seeds or ground if have it ( I use Spice Kitchen for all my spices )
– 1 tsp of Ground Coriander
– 1/2 tsp of Turmeric
– 1 tsp of mustard seeds
– 1/2 tsp of chilli powder (hot)
– 1/2 large green chilli diced finely
– 1 Lime
– Small handful of flat leaf parsley chopped
– Plain flour to coat fritters
– Rapeseed oil
– Salt and pepper to season
* Boil the Sweet potato until soft, take out of pan and dry onto some kitchen paper.
* Boil the cauliflower until soft.
* Fry off the onions and all spices, leave to one side to cool.
* When the Cauliflower is soft, take out with a slotted spoon, pop onto kitchen paper to dry. Leave water to keep boiling for the Kale to go in.
* Cook the Kale for a couple of minutes and once again, dry off with kitchen paper and chop down.
* Into a Bowl mash with a potato masher all the veg and add the onions and spices. Add Salt and Pepper to season.
* Add the chopped parsley, mix all together and start to make a ball in your hands with mixture, pat into a fritter/Patty shape, dust with plain flour and fry off in a hot pan with rapeseed oil in.
* Fry for a few minutes each side and serve in a bowl with salads, chutneys and wedges of Lime.
Ive always loved Kale and its different varieties, have done for years. Love all greens really, but with the curly Kale option, I find it is so easy to just throw into any dish to give you that extra green oomph for your vitamins in a day. I eat it that much, maybe I should think of putting it on my growing list for my Kitchen Garden this year?
Recently I threw together a dish of “odd’s and sod’s” that were in my fridge and made a sublime little supper for myself. The recipe did of course, suprisingly involve Kale but in a rather different way…with Bacon and Egg.
I am always going to cook this recipe from now on as it is so quick, it uses things up and theres hardly any ingredients to it. You can tweak a few things but these ingredients work through being sweet, yet salty, all manners of different tastes.
If you are going to try this recipe, You must go and buy some Sriracha sauce first. I have been using it in my Asian cooking for years and it is my favourite Hot sauce. I drizzle it on a lot of foods including Hot spicy noodle broths. It seems now a lot of major sauce brands are trying a version them selves. I’ll never change my brand though.
So Here is my simple Supper, or maybe even a Brunch recipe? An easy dish for an occasion? With an optional Hot sauce.
Sweet Potato, Kale and Bacon Hash topped with Poached Egg:
(For 1 approximately)
– 1 Tbsp of Rapeseed oil
– 1/2 Tbsp of Maple syrup
– 1 large Garlic Clove finely diced
– 1/2 Red Onion sliced finely
– 1 Sweet potato diced roughly
– 1-2 rashers of Bacon chopped
– couple of small Handfuls of Curly Kale
– 1 egg for poaching
– 2 tbsp of White wine vinegar for the poaching
– To finish, some Sriracha Hot Chilli sauce for on top if required.
(I buy mine from Wang Fung Hong in Leicester)
* Boil the Sweet potato until soft.
* Take out the Sweet potato with a slotted spoon and place onto kitchen paper on a plate.Leaving the water in the saucepan for your Kale.
* Fry off the Bacon in a frying pan, then after a minute or two add the onions.
* Pop in the Kale to the saucepan to cook for about 2 minutes.
* Add the drained Sweet potato to the frying pan mix and add the garlic.
* Pop in the maple syrup to make the sweet potato caramelise and the bacon taste wonderful.
* Drain the Kale on kitchen paper. Add to the Hash mix.
* Poach your egg.
* And Serve… Adding the Sriracha sauce if you wish.