Rogan josh curry & paste

Typically made with lamb but you can substute with chicken or beef. You can make this as a paste to use later or use straight away as a great curry.

Rogan stands for “red colour”, josh stands for passion or heat.

  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1hr 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
For the paste

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Thumb sized root ginger
  • 75g roasted peppers (from jar)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • Small bunch fresh coriander

Spices for toasting

  • 2  tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns

Ingredients for curry

  • Meat such as chicken, beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 fresh  red chilli finely chopped
  • Thumb sized root ginger peel and grate
  • Small bunch fresh coriander chopped
  • Groundnut or vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves twisted
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Rogan josh paste as above
Preparation method
Step 1 For the paste, toast the “spices to be toasted” add to pestle and motar and grind until fine. Peeled the garlic and ginger and add to a food processor along with the toasted ground spices and all the other paste ingredients. Whiz until you have a smooth paste. You can jar the paste and keep in the fridge for a week if you are not using straight away
Step 2 To make the curry, (using the curry ingredients) In a large pan add oil,add onions, chilli, ginger, coriander & bay leaves and cook for around 10 minutes. Add meat and brown.add tomatoes and rogan josh paste. Add water if need to losen up curry. Bring to the boil then turn heat down to a simmer and cover for an hour. Keep checking to make sure curry does not dry out and stick and water in necessary.

Chilli minced beef noodles – Can be SYN FREE!

If like me, you like spicy food then this is a great easy to cook dinner. Oh, and this dinner can be a Slimming world dinner that can easily be made SYN free by replacing the sugar with sweetener.

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  • Serves: 2
  • prepTime: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 150g Noddles (based on 75g serving per person or 1 nest per person)
  • 200g extra lean minced beef less then 5% fat
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar (replace with sweetener for SYN Free)
  • 1 red chilli chopped ( add more or less if required)
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove chopped or crushed
  • 1-2 spring onions chopped to garnish (optional)
  •  Fry Light mist spray oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Cook noodles as per packet instruction, drain and leave to cool.
Step 2 Spray Fry Light mist oil in to a wok and add minced beef, red chilli, onion, garlic, ginger, red and green pepper. Fry until the mince in cooked (Browned)
Step 3 Add chilli paste, soy sauces and sugar. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Step 4 Add cooked noodles to the wok with the minced beef and mix. Once noodles are coated and heated through serve and garnish with chopped spring onion.

Jalfrezi Paste

If you like curries then you will love this paste. Nice and hot and one of my favorites. Don’t like it to spicy then reduce the amount of chilli – simples!

  • Serves: 4
  • prepTime: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb – sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 3 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder  (Easy on the chilli unless you want it hot!)
  • 1 tsp paprika

Spices to toast

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds (optional)
Preparation method
Step 1 Dry toast spices and grind in mortar and pestle.
Step 2 Add toasted ground spices to rest of ingredients and whiz in a food processor or hand processor.
Step 3 Either use straight away of store in a jar for later
Step 4 To use paste, Brown off one onion, add chicken (4 breasts chopped) and cook through, add paste and one tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15- 20 minutes making sure chicken is cooked.