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This recipe is one I have had in my recipe book for a very long time, and I can’t now remember where I got it from to give the author due credit. As is the case with many curries, it is very variable. You can change the vegetables around pretty much to whatever you want
Edit 19Aug14 – thanks to a lovely reader, I now know that this recipe is a Rose Elliot recipe from The Bean Book. Rose does some really delicious vegetarian recipes and her book, Vegetarian Cookery, is one of my absolute favourites
for 4 servings, you will need
175g dried butter beans, 500g/£1.09, 38p
3 tblsp veg oil, £1.25/litre, 6p
1 onion, (100g) peeled and chopped, 2kg/98p, 5p
1 clove garlic, crushed, 25p/bulb, 5p
350g potatoes, cut into chunky cubes (if you are following meal plan 4, try and use them unpeeled), £1.18/2.5kg, 17p
1 tsp salt
2 bay leaves if you have them
125g frozen peas £1/kg, 13p
20g tomato puree 35p/142g, 5p
20g KTC mild curry powder 49p a pot, 10p (if you are following meal plan 4, you can use more if you like, there is plenty left over)
or, if you have them and want to use them
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
pinch of dried chilli
1tsp garam masala
soak the dried butter beans for several hours, or overnight. Drain, rinse, cover with water and cook until tender, about 1.5 hours. You can reduce the fuel use by bringing them to the boil and covering tightly, then turning off the heat. You may need to do this more than once. Or you can use a pressure cooker, I tend to do all my beans in that. It takes 45 minutes from dry in the packet to cooked. Or I have also soaked beans well, then put them in the Remoska with some water, covered with foil. Or you can cook them in a slow cooker, make sure you boil them fast for 10 minutes first tho.
Once they are cooked, (they need to be nice and soft) drain them, but keep some of the cooking water
Heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic until transparent. Add the spices (except the garam masala, if using) and let them cook out for a minute or two to release the oils. They soak up the oil, hence the 3 tblsps. Watch them carefully, they burn easily and will taste bitter
Now add everything else except the peas, adding enough of the cooking water to make the gravy. Simmer gently until the potatoes are nearly cooked, then add the peas and cook for a couple of minutes.
If using garam masala, stir it through now.
On meal plan 4, we serve this as it is
You can change the butter beans to any other dried bean or pulse you have, and of course the vegetables can be anything you want to use. You could experiment with the spices, using more of those you like. I have a whacking great 2kg jar of Pataks Tikka paste that I got from Approved Foods for £2.49, and some sachets of Tandoori paste, either of those would be an ideal replacement for instance
for the curry on its own, 316 calories, 12g protein, 11g fat, 43g carb