Mushroom, capsicum and green beans in a cashew nut gravy

On Real Health this week, I made a delectable vegan curry. It’s a North Indian treat, and it’s unbelievably creamy with the cashew gravy. It takes about 15 minutes to prep the ingredients, and another half hour to make the curry.

Here’s a link to the youtube video

I use two mixed masala’s: Garam masala and a mixed masala. South african’s usually call masala ‘curry powder’, but there is a lot more to it than that 🙂

Garam masala is an aromatic blend of spices used extensively in Indian cuisine. This all-purpose seasoning adds warmth and slight peppery heat to a curry. it usually contains coriander, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and crushed bay leaf.

Mixed masala really differs family to family.  My fabulous mum makes the most amazing masala. I swear I can’t eat a curry without it. It’s a blend of 13 spices.. of which are a secret. You can also buy many varieties in spice shops, or bump some off your nearest indian friend!

Cooking utensils required: 

  • Frying pan
  • Medium sized pot
  • Liquidiser

Let’s start with the gravy preparation. It can be prepared before hand and left aside until you fry the veggies later.

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 12 ml grape seed oil (maintains stability in high heat)
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seed20160526_122806.jpg
  • 1 sprig of curry leaf
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onion (I just threw this in a liquidiser)
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed cumin and coriander seeds20160526_122820
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 125g of raw unsalted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup of warm water

 

Method:

  • Heat the oil in the frying pan on medium heat, add the mustard seed. When they start popping, add the curry leaf and the chopped onion.
  • Let the onion fry until a light caramel brown.
  • Add the balance of the spices: 1 green cardamom pod (bruise the pod and leave it slightly open, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 cloves, 1 star anise, 1 tsp fenugreek seeds, 1 tablespoon crushed cumin and coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 tablespoon of mixed masala, 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric powder, 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste. Stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cashew nut, let this cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom pod and place aside. We will add it in the curry later.
  • Let the ingredients cool down. Transfer the rest of the ingredients into your liquidiser, add the warm water, and whiz it up until it’s as smooth as you can get it. You can add more water for thining it out.
  • Place aside for use later. Let’s make the veggies.

Ingredients for vegetable mix:

  • 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil20160526_122903
  • 1- 2 slivered fresh chilli (red or green)
  • 250g mushrooms (I used a mix of exotic mushrooms- Shimeiji, oyster and enoki- and normal white button mushrooms)
  • 1 cup of cubed red capsicum
  • 1 cup of chopped green beans
  • 1/2 cup liquidised tomato
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Fresh Coriander for garnish

Method:

  • Add oil to the medium sized pot on a medium heat.
  • Add the chilli, fry for 2 minutes, and add the mushroom, capsicum and green beans. Let the mushrooms fry down, and the capsicum and green beans cook until20160526_14562620160614_104809-1 there’s a slight crisp.
  • Add the tomato, and salt and cook for a further 5-10 minutes
  • Add the cashew nut paste and water and cook on low heat for another 10-15 minutes. Now its ready to eat!
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • I served it with earthy brown and wild rice. You can serve it with rye roti, or brown basmati rice.

 

A rainbow immune fighting Smoothie

This morning’s smoothie experiment was successful! I used apple, pineapple, spinach, beetroot, ginger and coconut milk.

The humble apple is high in fibre and vitamin C. Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C and has a very cool enzyme- Bromelain- which acts as an anti- mucolytic. Spinach is rich in micronutrients such as folate and zinc. Beetroot has powerful anti inflammatory properties and that beautiful red pigment provides tons of anti- oxidant phytonutrients. Ginger is anti inflammatory and warming for winter, and coconut milk is rich in good fat, dairy free  and adds some silky creaminess to this mix.

It turned out to be a very delicious mix, and my body was like-‘ Yessss! Thank you!’. The Nutribullet has been my knight in shining armour, especially in the time and texture category.

The recipe is below:


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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red apple
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 2 spinach leaves
  • 1 raw small beetroot
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 2 cm stick of fresh ginger
  • water for consistency

Method:

  • Throw everything into the double cup attachment, with water.
  • Blitz.
  • Serve and enjoy! It should make about 600ml of deliciousness.

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I love my Nutribullet!

Last week Sunday I had the most serendipitous encounter with a fabulous Nutribullet. I have ALWAYS wanted one, so I feel very blessed to have won it! I attended a seminar, and won this beautiful machine as well as two delicious medical food shakes!

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I made my first simple and easy smoothie this morning. I could not believe how fast this little thing goes. In 30 seconds, I had a delicious smooth drink, ready for the road. I love having smoothies for breakfast. They’re quick, easy and convenient for a busy morning breakfast.

I wanted to share a quick and easy smoothie recipe:

Ingredients:20160531_090845

  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 golden pear
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 2 medium sized spinach leaves
  • 1 scoop of Metagenics/ Amipro Ultrameal Original
  • Water for consistency

Method:

  • Place everything in the Nutribullet double cup 20160531_092226
  • Blitz for 30 seconds
  • Pour into a cup and drink! That’s how easy it is.

If you have the opportunity of owning one of these- please do!

Invest in your health and your body will thank you.

xx