Quick & easy Anglo Indian dopiaza curry
Meat-free dopiaza curry - quick & easy
Sometimes, I will spend hours grinding spices, chopping this, grating that and generally making a wonderful curry from scratch. The problem is that it's never quite as good as when I use a ready-made sauce. True.
This encourages me enormously to be lazy and use my favorite sauces most of the time - with the added advantage that dinner arrives on the table in ten minutes, rather than a couple of hours.
By doubling, trebling or quadrupling up (or more), this type of meal is excellent for feeding a crowd and can be made well in advance too.
When the weather is cooler it's a wonderful warm-up dish and the flavors are spicy without being hot and tongue-blasting. I serve this with Indian bread and it will go even further if you serve plain boiled rice too.
It's excellent, easy and tasty - especially for parties and gatherings. And it's so very adaptable - use whatever vegetables you have.
This recipe takes only ten minutes to cook and will serve two hungry curry monsters.
- 1 onion, skin removed and chopped. Reserve a couple of slices for garnishing
- 1 small squash, seeds removed, diced
- 1 apple
- 1 lime, quartered
- 4 oz. mushrooms
- 1 handful fresh coriander
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 jar Patak's Dopiaza Sauce
- Heat approximately one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet / frying pan and add the diced squash. Cook these for just a minute or so over a medium heat then add the chopped onion. Cook the onion gently while you slice the mushrooms.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a further minute, then pour in the lovely Patak's sauce.
- Bring this to the boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about five minutes so that the flavors can mingle. Mmm - it smells wonderful already. (If you're making this in advance, go no further).
- Core the apple, dice, and add to the pan. Cook for a further minute so that the apple is warmed through but still crunchy.
- Serve immediately garnished with onions rings, sliced tomato, fresh coriander and lime wedges. Preferably include chapattis or naan as a side dish, These are perfect to mop up the delicious sauces. Plain boiled rice is an excellent accompaniment too.
Also from the same company and also imported from England, these naan breads are an almost essential accompaniment.
These too are suitable for vegetarians and are truly delicious.
This is THE curry sauce brand that beats all others if you want to make a proper Indian/ English curry. This company was founded by an Indian family in London in 1956 - the best of both worlds.
Unlike many ready-made sauces, this is suitable for vegetarians.
This is the perfect accompaniment.
You can tell how much I love this company's products. If I didn't have at least one jar of mango chutney in the house, I think I'd have a minor panic attack.
We always have this to accompany our curries and it's also delicious served with bread and cheese. It's a useful cooking ingredient too. A definite must-have.
The English and Indians alike love chutneys. Although today they are often associated with Asian foods, they have their origins in Europe,having been made for centuries.
However, once society became more mobile and trading became a common practice, chutneys somewhat fell out of favour in Europe,including England.
But then came the British involvement with Indian and our love for curry and all foods now associated with the Indian nation i creased rapidly never to diminish.
There is an enormous number of different chutneys available on the market today and over the years,I've tried so many of them. But mango chutney remains a true favourite. It's delicious served with the dish I have described above or with any meal.
We tend to buy this online because supplies in our local stores can be sporadic. (See the column on the right).
This,like the dopiaza sauce above, is made in London by the Patak company. Itis authentic Indian food with a tip of the hat towards the English tastes.
An adaptable recipe
This makes a wonderful meat-free dinner, especially when served with plenty of Indian bread. It's also a fabulous way to feed a crowd.
Because the sauce is already made, you can add any vegetable (or fruit) to this delicious dish.
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