Monday, 23 January 2012

Random Recipes: Spicy Lamb, Potatoes and Peas

This months Random Recipes challenge celebrates the cookbooks that magically appear around Christmastime; be they presents or January sales purchases. We were asked to choose our newest book and cook the first recipe it fell open on.  My newest one (aka the Christmas one I fancied cooking from the most) was one I bought my mum: Madhur Jeffries 100 Weeknight Curries.

I opened mine on a recipe for a vegetable side dish; Peas in a creamy sauce. I must admit I had been nosying at this recipe over Christmas so that may be why the book opened there but hey ho DEMZ DA ROOLZ. I love peas and tomatoey dishes that are finished with cream are heaven in my book, so I was looking forward to trying this out. Here's the recipe:

Peas in a Creamy Sauce (serves 4)
¼ tsp sugar
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp garam masala
¾ tsp salt
¼ - ½ tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp tomato purée
175ml single cream
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 fresh hot green chilli, finely chopped
3 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp black or yellow mustard seeds
550g frozen peas, defrosted under warm water

I served the peas with some crushed potatoes i'd part boiled then sauted with cumin seeds and various other spices, and chunks of lamb I had marinated for a couple of hours using this recipe.

The verdict: excellent. This was a really popular meal and something different to what we'd usually have; sort of an Indian style meat and veg, but not your typical curry. The meat wasn't overly spicy but had a lovely underlying deep heat to it, and the potatoes were really morish and tasty. The peas were actually everyones favourite componant; still tasting fresh and popping in our mouths underneath the luxurious sauce. I'm thinking of serving up some sort of thali soon and this is a real contender for it. Anyone know where you can buy proper thali dishes?


  1. I adore Madhur Jeffrie, she's such an inspiration and great for novice curry makers like myself.... isn't it just bloody brilliant making your own curry?... Now, I have seen Thali dishes in those wonderful Indian supermarkets in Southall or Sudbury (West London)... do let me know if you can get them.. or try ebay?... and thanks so much for taking part xx

  2. Something different and delicious sounding to do with peas!

  3. Madhur Jafries' recipes are always really good. This one looks delicious and the addition of the potatoes would make it a real treat and a lovely supper. GG

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