I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to a fun-filled weekend. I took myself off to the gym yesterday ... first time back after the holidays and, oh boy, am I paying for it. I just keep telling myself it's doing me good because exercise is good for you, isn't it?
Today's recipe is very easy to make, from pan to plate in a flash. Preparing the vegetables, best done in advance, and boiling the rice are about as time-consuming as it gets :)
Years ago, more than 30 in act, when I first developed severe arthritis my mother gave me a book which suggested that what we ate could make a difference to the severity of the condition. So I changed my diet, cut out meat and dairy products completely, ate fish occasionally, and did eventually start to feel better ... of course, it could have just been that the prescribed medication eventually did its job, or even a combination of the two, diet and medication. Whatever, I felt better. And this recipe, discovered about that time, with an adjustment or two, became a firm favourite. Even the EM, a meat and two veg kind of man, enjoys it. The yoghurt, being a dairy product, was a no-no according to the diet, however, coconut milk makes a pretty good substitute. Here's the recipe.
Low-Fat Mushroom and Courgette (Zucchini) Curry
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2-3 teaspoons curry powder – more if you like, the quantity depends on how hot you like your curry
6-8oz mushrooms, wiped and sliced
2 courgettes, sliced
1-2 tablespoons cold water
1 small carton of low-fat natural yoghurt or half a tin (400ml) of coconut milk
1. Cook the rice.
2. In a large deep frying pan saute the onion and garlic in the oil until softened.
3. Stir in the curry powder.
4. Add the sliced mushrooms and courgette.
5. Add the water and stir well.
6. Cover and cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes.
7. Stir in the yoghurt and cook uncovered for a further 2-3 minutes.
8. Served with the cooked rice.
I haven't given instructions on how to cook the rice ... I usually look for the water to rice ratio guide on the packet.
Although the instructions say that once the yoghurt is added continue cooking for 2-3 minutes but I find that it is possible to overcook at this point. I find it best to plate up the rice, then quickly add the yoghurt to the curry mixture and just give it long enough to be sure it's heated through before serving up.
Other than naan bread to accompany this I won't make suggestions that would 'beef' this recipe up. Sometimes something as simple and light as this curry goes down a treat.
For a more substantial recipe check out last week's curry recipe from Di, of Pixie's Crafty Workshop ... I'm planning to try it out myself - you can find it here.
I have a completed card to post later, after I've got the camera out and, hopefully, found enough light to get some half decent shots.
In the meantime, I wish you happy cooking and happy crafting,