A book in a bag. A bag that is designed to look like a traditional rice bag, with the same design on the jacket cover. Cute? You Bet!
And there is a beautiful welcome on the inside cover. How could I not feel welcomed after this?
Part of our bounty from meeting up to celebrate my brother’s birthday was a packet of pre-made Naan Breads. He lives in Manchester and has access to great Indian food stores that sell high quality goods. And the breads are no exception. Soft, flaky, tasty. Bliss for a woman who needs great food but can’t face making her own breads today.
On goes the Dal Makhani, a dark, rich and warming dal , so we need a dry dish and I’ve chosen this simple dry vegetable dish. Fresh tasting and full of flavour and colour.
We are gradually eating our way through the vegetables I grew, picked, cleaned, blanched and froze. Every time I fetch a carton of veggies from the freezer it’s a reminder of summer days of bounty, heat, growth, light, warmth and WOW taste.
Gajar Matar – Peas and Carrots from the Punjab
Original recipe from Pushpent Pant’s India Cookbook
- 2 tbls vegetable oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 green chillies, de-seeded and chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled nad chopped
- 1 cm (1/2 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tomato chopped
- 250g (9 oz) peas
- 125g (4 oz) carrots, cut into dice
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the cumin seeds and fry until they start to splutter
- Add the onions and fry until golden brown
- Add the chillies, garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes
- Add the coriander, cumin and spices and cook for 2 minutes
- Sprinkle into the pan 3 tbls of water, continue to cook for another 2 minutes
- Add the tomato and cook for a further 2 minutes
- Add the peas and carrots, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Gardening Notes ~
The peas are all heritage climbing peas, which were very successful for me this year. Telephone, Carruther’s Purple, Robinson’s Purple, Champion of England, Simpson’s Special, Magnum Bonum and Salmon Flowered. I hope I can recreate the success.
The carrots are a mixture of Mokum, Touchon and Royal Chantenay. Grown in boxes of compost and sand. Their sweetness shines through, even with the blanching and freezing.