14 May 2010

660 Curries




































No, calm down. I haven't made 660 curries. It is the title of a wonderful book by Raghavan Iyer bought for me by my dear friend Lisa.

At first I was a bit overwhelmed by this tome of a cookbook, until I realised how it should be used. It's not one of those coffee table books that you flick through looking at the shiny pictures. Instead it is a treasure chest full of curries, biryanis, breads, pickles relishes and raitas, to name but a few and the best way to use this book is to choose the ingredients you want to use and then have a browse through the index. You won't be disappointed.

You will be surprised to hear that the first ingredient I looked up wasn't mushrooms. I decided I wanted a curry using spinach and so I came to Spicy Potatoes and Spinach with Blackened Chiles and Coconut Milk. I changed it a little, using chilli flakes, instead of dried red thai chiles, baby new potatoes instead of russet potatoes and I changed the spices a little. Here is my final recipe.


Spicy Spinach and Potato Curry

2 tbsp oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
16 baby new potatoes, quartered (approx 1 ½ cm pieces)
240g baby spinach
400ml coconut milk


Dry roast the seeds in a hot pan for a few minutes. Don't allow to burn. Grind the spices in a pestle and mortar.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the spices and allow to sizzle for a few minutes before adding the rinsed and chopped potatoes. The oil will sparks, so put the lid on until it settles, then stir occasionally for the next 5 minutes.

Stir in the salt, turmeric and chilli flakes. Then pour in the coconut milk and stir to deglaze the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently, with the lid on for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Rinse the spinach and then add to the pan. There is no need to chop it, it will wilt down as it cooks. Stir well before serving.

Serves 4-6

I served up this curry with our favouite Chickpea Curry, rice, chutney and chapatis. I will blog about the chapatis soon. They were great fun to make and I was very impressed when I realised there were flames involved. I managaed to make them without being burned, but I did smash a kilner jar reaching for my camera at the table. Ooops! Graham wasn't impressed as this is the third thing I have smashed this week, fourth if you include the teeny, tiny jam jar that fell out a cupboard as I opened it today.

I was ably assisted in the kitchen by my friend Andrew who had come for dinner and Graham, well he sat back and enjoyed the meal knowing he was in charge of clearing up afterwards. Cooper quietly supervised from the armchair in the corner, throwing in the occasional comment.







Disclosure Statement: I did not receive this book free from the publisher to review. This book was my own copy, which I decided to review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

37 comments:

  1. Delicious Jac! Love the sound of the spinach one especially. Cute picture of Cooper chillaxing :) Have a lovely weekend x

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  2. Cooper looks great, and of course very cute! I love the view out your window, so beautiful.

    This potato and spinach curry sounds like just my taste, and thankfully I have all of those ingredients so I can try it soon.

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  3. Such a cute supervisor!

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  4. 660 curries would keep you busy for a good year or so!

    It looks lovely - I need fenugreek seeds, I have used all of mine after I discovered that they sprout well and taste delicious.

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  5. I am so pleased you are making use of this wonderful book. It's a great one to turn to when you aren't sure what to make for dinner, and like you said, have specific ingredients in mind. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it looks and sounds wonderful. Will keep it in mind.

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  6. Please tell me exactly what a "curry" is. Is that sort of like a casserole in the US? I always thought that a curry had curry powder in it and was typically a type of dish of Indian cooking. I think I am all wrong about this and would really like to know. Thanks

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  7. I, of course am biased Sarah and think Cooper is the cutest baby in the world. The garden is looking bonnie and colourful just now with the tree in full pink blossom, so it is nice to eat in our conservatory and look out on it.

    And quite bossy at times too Pam :)

    Now that is interesting Helen, must try seeding them :)

    This book was a great gift Lisa, but Cooper's dungarees were the absolute best :)

    Hi HaveFaith, I can actually answer your question by quoting from 660 curries.

    curry n: any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground and very fragrant spices and/or herbs.

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  8. Me too Beth, although the smell of the spices does tend to linger in the house :)

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  9. It won't be so long before Cooper will be wanting in on those curries!

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  10. mmm looks delicious - I love your steaming photo - and I can't wait to hear more about your chappatis - sounds like a fun communal activity - and much more fun with cooper supervising from afar than clinging to your leg :-) He looks like lord muck on his throne :-)

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  11. I also meant to say you should send this to ricki for her sweet or savoury challenge event that is about spinach this month

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  12. Lisa will be wanting to share recipes from this cookbook with you.

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  13. I hope so Andrea, I hope he will enjoy trying new foods and not be a picky eater.

    He does, doesn't he Johanna, I take it you have a cute little leech when you are cooking and thanks for the tip :)

    It is definitely Lisa's speciality Val, I am but a beginner :)

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  14. Love the look of that dish, Jacqueline! I've read so much about that book on Lisa's blog that I really, really must get it. Thanks for entering the SOS Challenge with such a wonderful dish!

    And that Cooper. . . oh, my goodness. Cuteness, or what?? ;)

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  15. Wow - when can I come over for dinner? lol

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  16. It's a really great resource Ricki, worth buying :)

    It's not out of the question Chele, you are close enough to come visit :)

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  17. Woah! 660? I can understand why you felt a bit overwhelmed! Still, should keep you going for a lifetime... ;) Love the look and sound of the spinach and potato curry. Spinach is a big favourite of mine in curries, too.

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  18. and it is just so good for you too Spaghetti, added to the fact that there is virtually no preperation involved when you cook with it. That gives it extra brownie points :)

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  19. I found your blog today and I'm so glad for it! So many delicious dishes! Love your cookies.

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  20. Hi Talita , nice to meet you :)

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  21. hi jacqueline so it makes almost two curries per day !! Pierre

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  22. I was going to say, crikey, you've been busy!

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  23. Hi Pierre and Alex, yeah as much as I like curry, I don't think I couldn't bear to eat it that often.

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  24. Didn't know there were so many things you can do with curries. Your recipe sounds perfect as it includes all my favorite things (potatoes, spinach and curry). Look forward to the chapatis post.

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  25. Jacqueline thanks so much for the mention - i am glad you are enjoying cooking from the book - don't hesitate to keep in touch should you have any questions a syou cook from the book - you can email me through my website if you wish -

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  26. Wow, thanks for taking the time to stop by Raghavan. I am really enjoying your book and know it is going to be invaluable to me. You have made curries so accessible and appealing :)

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  27. I bought this book on Lisa's recommendations and have enjoyed it so far! Looking forward to seeing what else you make from it. This curry looks really good. I love potatoes in curry!

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  28. Wow sounds like a great book! Both curries look really delish and Cooper looks so cute.

    Maria
    x

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  29. This looks fantabulous - I feel the same way about 660 curries - I love that book, but I need to start with a couple of ingredients in mind to zero in on a recipe.

    I participated in the SOS challenge too - such fun and it's allowing me to discover more great blogs :)

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  30. Hi Valerie, the book works fabulously that way doesn't it? I had a quick look at the round-up last night before bed and it looks great, but I am going to go back for a proper read this morning :)

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  31. At first glance I thought it said 666 curries...lol

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  32. That would be an unfortunate number to choose Bo :)

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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