Maharagwe or red beans in coconut sauce.

Maharagwe or red beans in coconut sauce. A Kenyan dish .
Dead easy and cheap, suitable for vegans.

1 onion
3 garlic cloves crushed
3 large tomatoes
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 tin of coconut milk
fresh coriander
1 chilli
kidney beans, i used dried pre cooked ones.
(i also added other beans id pre cooked and a pepper)

fry the onion till browned
add the garlic, chilli and toms in and cook till soft.
add the turmeric and stir in…
Add salt n pepper to taste.

Add the beans and coconut milk and simmer for about 8 minutes.
Garnish with coriander…


Pujabi Dal & Buttered Paratha

Dal/Daal/Dhal various ways of spelling it..

Buttered paratha, more expensive than wraps because of the butter, but way cheaper than from an Indian takeaway.

Paratha for 6
250gms of flour either plain or chapati (atta)
splash of oil
4 to 6 tablespoons of ghee or butter
120 to 140ml of tepid water.
pinch of salt.
mix flour and salt then add oil, dribble water in slowly to make a dough, knead the dough for a few minutes, then leave for 5 minutes
Cut into 6, then flour surface well,
roll out into discs, then spread ghee or butter all over disc,
fold in half and spread butter/ghee on to the semi disc,
fold in half again so its like a triangle ish shape,
then roll out into a disc again, add butter or ghee to a chapati pan or frying pan, just the surface and cook paratha till it bubbles then spread more ghee on it and turn over cooking other side, about 2 min each side…




Punjabi dal
300gms of red lentils
3 chopped garlic cloves
2cm fresh grated ginger
2/3 chillis
teaspoon of salt
1 chopped onion
Teaspoon of cumin seeds
Teaspoon of black mustard seeds
5/6 curry leaves
2 teaspoons of garam masala
Handful of peas

Add the red lentils to a pan with chopped garlic cloves, fresh ginger and chillis, plus a teaspoon of salt and water about 600ml and cook for bout 20 mins.
In a frying pan fry a chopped onion with  cumin seeds, black mustard seeds and curry leaves until soft.
Then add the garam masala and cook for a couple of minutes more,
Add the onion mix to the lentils with a handful pf peas, cook for about 10 minutes more on a simmer.
Add dal to paratha, I also added some minted yogurt.


Dried Beans.

It is much cheaper to buy dried beans, I buy various beans such as pinto, haricot, turtle beans etc.
I cook, then portion & freeze in batches, I can then grab a bag from the freezer to bulk out meat meals to make meals go further or to do a complete bean meal such as 5 bean chilli.
Pick ones that have similar cooking times, then add 100gms of each to a large pan of cold water.
I do between 500gms and 1 kilo at a time of various beans, this gives me between 5 & 10 bags to freeze, 100gms of dried beans works out similar to a drained tin amount.
Soak them overnight.
Wash thoroughly.
Add fresh water and put on a rolling boil for 10 minutes.
Turn to simmer and cook for between 60 & 90 minutes, check packs for cooking times.
Drain beans, let cool then portion and put in bags to freeze.12642528_1518031245158717_6475098818742448050_n558931_10151770324464639_1783636881_n945719_10151560376534639_513662426_n

Spicy Bean & Veg Soup

12552619_1517664735195368_5997973570940603105_nSpicy veg and bean soup, great for using up veg that needs using… cheap to make and will serve 6 hearty portions.
4 chillis
2 garlic cloves
an inch of grated ginger
4 shallots
1 red pepper
1 courgette
half a butternut squash cubed
tin of kidney beans
litre of veg stock
teaspoon of cinnamon
teaspoon of cumin
tablespoon of ground corainder
wilted spinach or frozen spinach balls.

I fried  4 chillis (i like it hot though),  2 garlic cloves,  ginger about an inch of it grated and  4 shallots and red pepper for about 5 mins then added a cubed courgette and half a butternut squash cubed (could use sweet potato), and a tin of drained kidney beans. Then a litre of veg stock. Then a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon (this really adds to the flavour) a heaped teaspoon of cumin and a tablespoon of ground coriander and let it cook for about 30 to 40 mins., then wilted some spinach leaves in, or can add a couple of frozen balls.

Lentil Cottage Pie With Sweet Potato Mash.

Red lentil cottage pie with cheesy sweet potato topping
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
200gms of red lentils
500ml of veg stock (i use aldi cheap stock cubes, 2 in water)
50gms of frozen peas, again i use Aldi ones
3 or 4 toms, i use ones that need using, over ripe ones
worcester sauce
sweet potatoes
cheese optional

fry the carrot, onion n garlic until soft,
add the lentils n stock, boil for 10 min,
stir in toms chopped small and the peas, and a dash of tobasco (optional) add a few glugs of worcester sauce
cook for 5 mins and transfer to oven dish.
peel n chop sweet pots then boil n mash, spread on top of lentil mix…. add grated cheese, pop in oven for 20 mins on gas mark 6…. serves 4 easily, very nice with baked beans on side or veg

Lentil Chilli Non Carne

lentil chilli the chilli cost approx £1.25 to make and serves 6 to 8 depending on portion size, serve with rice, chips, pasta or whatever you prefer… can leave out pepper or add any veg you need to use, the lentils are brown and for 200gms cost 32p based on tesco world food aisle lentils at £3.25 per 2 kilo bag.
kidney beans 20p a can home bargains, tomatoes 32p a can, stock 3p for cube using everyday stock cubes, rice i buy in 20 kilo sacks from ethnic store.

fry an onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, 3 chillis till soft, add a teaspoon of cumin, a tablespoon of paprika, a teaspoon of marjoram, and a teaspoon of sweetener, stir in. make up some beef or veg stock about 400ml, add it, then add 200gms of brown lentils, brown work better than red as they keep their shape, dont turn to mush.. add a tin of kidney beans and a tin of chopped toms… turn to low and let simmer for 40 mins (check all fluid doesnt soak up, if it does add water), add end add a tablespoon of lime juice…

Coconut & Lime Dahl

In a pan add 100gms of yellow split peas (chana dahl) and 50gms of red
lentils with water and 2 garlic cloves chopped, a teaspoon of turmeric
and grated ginger, and some coriander fresh or dried, let that cook for
40 mins to an hour
meanwhile make the tarka bit
fry some cumin
seeds and 4 red chillis chopped, a small onion and a teaspoon of garam
masala and 2 chopped toms, let this fry for 10 mins so you have a nice
oil coming from it…
then add the tarka to the dahl and mix in
well, cook for 10 mins more, then add half a can of coconut milk, and
juice n zest of a lime,,
24p for split peas and lentils
half a tin of coconut milk 17p based on tesco world food aisle 3 tins for a pound
spices i buy in bulk from asian shop so pense
garlic 10p
ginger 10p
2 toms 20p
2 chillis? unsure as i grow mine and not bought for years
all in all this would cost you around a pound to make maybe £1.20, will serve 4.