Spices and Herbs

Mackerel baked in foil

Ingredients

4 mackerels | juice from 1/2 lemons | salt | pepper black ground | vegetable oil

Cottage cheese with vegetables

Ingredients

200 g very low fat natural cottage cheese | 1 tomato | 1 cucumber | 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped | dill | 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese | pinch of salt
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Indian

Spiced Indian Potatoes with Spinach

Ingredients

1/2 tsp coriander seeds | 1 tsp cumin seeds | Fry Light, for spraying | 2 cardamom pods | 1/2" piece ginger root, grated | 1 red chilli, seeds removed & chopped | 1 onion, chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 454g/1 lb new potatoes, quartered | 142ml / 1/4 pt stock made with Vecon | 681g/1 1/2 lb spinach, chopped | 4 tbsp very low fat natural yogurt | pinch of salt
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Indian

Fruit kheer

Ingredients

2 large Bananas, peeled and thinly sliced | 2 large santras, peeled into segments with pipe removed | 1/2 tsp saffron strands | 2 tsp sugar | 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper | 1/2 tsp red chili powder | 1 tsp salt | 140 ml cartons curd (plain yogurt)
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Indian

Vegetable samosa

Ingredients

For Cover: | 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida) | water to knead dough | 2 tbsp oil | a little salt | 1/4 tsp ajwain (optional) | For Stuffing: | 3-4 potatoes (boiled, peeled & mashed) | 1/2 cup green peas (boiled) | 1-2 green chilies (finely chopped) | ½ tsp ginger (crushed) | 1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped | few chopped Cashews (optional) | few Raisins (optional) | 1/2tsp garam masala | salt to taste | red chili powder to taste | 1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchur) (optional)
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Indian

Imarti

Ingredients

2 cups urad dal (black gram) | 3 cups sugar | 1/4 litre water | A pinch of saffron colour | 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder | ghee (oil) to fry

Indian dessert made of lentils.

  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Indian

Barfi

Ingredients

1 cup khoa or khoya (can be replaced by unsalted ricotta cheese) | ½ cup ghee (you can use clarified butter instead) | ½ cardamom powder | 2 cup sugar

Classic Indian dessert. It is made of milk or cheese and pretty much like a cheesecake or a fudge.

Special Potato Bake

Ingredients

908g/2 lb potatoes, peeled & chopped | 4 tbsp very low fat natural fromage frais | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 28g/1 oz reduced fat strong cheddar cheese, grated | salt & ground black pepper | 113g/4 oz frozen petit pois
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Indian

Pumpkin Curry & Raita Dip

Ingredients

Dip: | 142g/5 oz very low fat natural yogurt | 1/4 cucumber, diced | freshly chopped mint | 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cumin | Curry: | Fry Light, for spraying | 3 garlic cloves, chopped | 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated | 1 fresh green chilli, seeds removed & chopped | 1/2 tsp ground turmeric | 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander | 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper good squeeze lemon juice | 340g/12 oz pumpkin, skin removed & diced | 170g/6 oz sweet potato, peeled & diced | 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | 113ml/4 fl oz water | bunch freshly chopped coriander

Potato, Leek & Tomato Bake

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 681g / 1 1/2 lb potatoes, thinly sliced | 2 leeks, sliced | 3 large tomatoes, sliced | few sprigs of fresh rosemary, crushed | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 284ml / 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon | salt & ground black pepper
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Indian

Potato Curry

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 681g / 1 1/2 lb waxy potatoes (eg, Maris Peer or Charlotte), cut into large chunks | 2 onions, quartered | 3 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 tsp garam masala | 1/2 tsp ground turmeric | 1/2 tsp ground cumin | 1/2 tsp ground coriander | 1" ginger root, grated | 1 red chilli, seeds removed & chopped | 227g/8 oz cauliflower, cut into florets | 4 tomatoes, peeled & quartered | 85g/3 oz frozen peas | 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander | 284ml / 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon | shredded fresh coriander, to garnish
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Indian

Potato & Mango Curry

Ingredients

Dressing: | 2 tbsp soured cream | 1 mango, cut into 1/2" cubes | 2 tbsp very low fat natural yogurt | 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped | 1 tsp lime juice | fresh coriander & lime wedges, to garnish | Curry: | 2 onions, sliced | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 2 level tsp medium curry powder | 454g/l lb potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes | 1 tbsp mango chutney | salt & ground black pepper

Pepperonata

Ingredients

908g/2 lb mixed peppers | 2 onions, finely sliced | 4 garlic cloves, crushed | 2 x 397g/14 oz cans chopped tomatoes | 1 tsp Schwartz Mediterranean Mixed Herbs | 1/4 tsp paprika | salt & ground black pepper

Parsnip & Leek Cakes

Ingredients

454g/1 lb leeks, chopped | 454g/1 lb parsnips, chopped | 57g/2 oz wholemeal bread made into breadcrumbs | salt & ground black pepper | 1 tsp curry powder (optional) | 1 tsp ground coriander | 1 egg, beaten | Fry Light, for spraying

Vegetarian dish from Ireland.

Mushroom Balti

Ingredients

454g / 1 lb potatoes, peeled & cubed | 312g / 11 oz button mushrooms | 2-3 carrots, sliced | 2 onions, sliced | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 4 tbsp balti curry paste | 3 courgettes, thinly sliced | 1 yellow pepper, deseeded & sliced | 1 red chilli, seeds removed & chopped | 198g/7 oz can chopped tomatoes | 142ml / 1/4 pt water | very low fat natural yogurt | 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander, to serve

Very piquant Pakistan recipe.

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