Friday, 9 August 2013

Rogan Josh and Cauliflower Fritters

What a gorgeous week! This crazy spring-like weather has made for an amazing week, with those lovely crisp, clear mornings and sun-shiny days. Great for the soul to have a bit of vitamin D. I hate to be a downer though, and I really am a sunshine lover, but I kind of feel a little bit ripped off by this winter!! A small part of me is really looking forward to one of those horrible winter days when it becomes totally acceptable to just hunker down, crank the heater, put on fluffy slipper, get the kids settled on the couch with a blanket and movie, and just listen to the rain pour down outside. Some people are never happy!!

A couple of nights ago I found a great seasoning recipe to make up my own Rogan Josh seasoning. I am always on the hunt for seasoning mixes that are made at home and a) are more cost effective and b) don't have any additives, preservatives or other dubious substances.

This discovery naturally lead to us having Rogan Josh for dinner which was delicious, albeit a bit on the spicy side! I love spicy food, hubby has developed a taste for it since meeting me and being convinced to break out of his food comfort zone, and even the kids enjoyed the flavour. I did notice they drank a lot of water though! I served the curry with turmeric rice (yellow rice to the kids) and cauliflower fritters. It's not the most photogenic meal, but it is a taste explosion to eat...


Turmeric rice is a great way to spice up (literally) your standard rice, and the kids love the bright yellow color. Simply cook basmati rice (or whatever rice you like - I use basmati for indian cuisine) in the usual way, but add a teaspoon or two of turmeric to the cooking water when you put it in with the rice.

Turmeric also happens to be somewhat of a wonder-spice. It has many health benefits including and can assist with the treatment of: arthritis, digestive issues, chest disease including the common cold, alzheimers, depression, menstrual issues, and treatment of infections.

For the rest of the meal, here are the recipes (and a few pics)...

 Cauliflower fritter ingredients in the blender ready to blend

All smooshed up - time to fry

 Golden brown and looking oh so tasty

 Meat chunks in their little spicy coconutty bath

 A steamy shot of the curry doing it's thing


Rogan Josh Seasoning (makes a medium-hot spice mix)

Ingredients: (recipe taken from www.theclothesmakethegirl.com)

1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cloves
¾ tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp paprika
1 heaped tbsp chilli powder (use less for a milder mix)
1 heaped tbsp cinnamon
2 heaped tsp ground cumin
2 heaped tbsp ground coriander
1 heaped tbsp salt
cayenne to taste (I recommend 1 tsp, but add more if you prefer it hot)

Directions:

In a glass jar or bowl combine all ingredients. Use a whisk or fork to mix to get an even distribution. Store in an airtight container and use as required. Use around 1-2 tbsp of seasoning for every 500g meat.

This recipe makes about half a cup of seasoning so you will have plenty to make a few rounds of curry.

Rogan Josh

Ingredients:

500g lean pork rump (or meat of choice) cut into 2cm chunks
1 onion, sliced or diced
2 tbsp Rogan Josh seasoning (see recipe above)
¾ cup coconut milk (either shop bought, or see my recipe for homemade)
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 carrots, diced
1 parsnip, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup water or stock (chicken or vegetable)

Directions:

  1.     In a large bowl combine pork with coconut milk and Rogan Josh seasoning. Combine well and marinade for at  least 30 minutes
  2.     In a large frying pan heat the oil over a medium heat. Add onions. Cook until softened and lightly browned
  3.     Add pork, carrots and parsnips. Cook for 5 minutes or so until pork is lightly browned.
  4.     Add peas, tomato paste and water (or stock)
  5.     Simmer for around 10 minutes until pork is cooked through
  6.     Serve with ‘yellow rice’ (rice cooked with turmeric), cauliflower rice, or use the recipe below for delicious cauliflower fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Ingredients:

2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 eggs
1 tsp poppy seeds
handful of fresh parsley
1 carrot, grated
2 tbsp coconut flour
4 tsp chia seed meal (ground chia seeds) – you can substitute flax meal
2 tsp garam masala
¼ cup sunflower seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.     In a food processor, blend the cauliflower until a fine crumb forms  
  2.     Add all other ingredients and blend until a ‘dough’ forms
  3.     Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4.     Take scoops of the cauliflower mixture to for patties and fry gently for a couple of minutes until golden brown. Flip, and fry the other side for a couple of minutes.

  • Serve these delicious fritters either on their own as a snack, with a salad for a yummy, healthy lunch or as a side dish for a meal (see my recipe above for Rogan Josh)
  • You can substitute the garam masala seasoning for any other herbs and spices of your choice. I used garam masala because I was serving it with an Indian meal, but herbs like thyme or coriander would also work really well.
  • To make chia seed meal grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder until a fine powder forms. If this option is not available to you, you can either use shop bought flaxseed meal, or try LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond) for something a little bit different.
  • For anyone following a raw food diet, these will also make delicious little patties. If you are pregnant or against eating raw egg, you can replace the egg in the recipe with a little more chia/flax meal and a couple of tbsp of water or coconut milk to act as a binder, or even just a couple of tbsp more coconut flour would probably work. 
Have a great weekend x