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Adult evening classes and a healthier Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb rogan josh made healthier, and evening classes.

I was thinking this morning about adult evening classes; my mother used to teach them, her dressmaking classes were really popular in the 70’s and 80’s she worked 5 nights a week, and some nights she had 2 classes. Now so many schools and colleges are closing these classes down. It seems that if a course doesn’t offer a certificate or qualification at the end of it then it’s not valued. Personally I think this is sad, I loved all the adult ed classes that I took, and as an advocate for life long learning I can say I truly value the skills I learned, and some served as the foundation stones for where I am today with my art and craft. I started adult ed before I’d even left school, I think my mother’s boss pulled some strings as I wanted to learn Cordon Bleu cooking.

rogan joshOne of the classes I took was an Indian cookery class and as you can see by this recipe it has been well used over the years. I have since altered the recipe to suit my own taste, I now make a more healthy version which uses a lot less oil. It’s still very delicious and a lot healthier than takeaways.

I thought it was time to make a new copy of the recipe so I’ve written and uploaded my own version Healthy Rogan Josh recipe here. I wish you could smell this curry, maybe you should make it for yourself, it’s one of my favourite curries.
healthy rogan josh curry

 

Dhansak curry – my low calorie version

My latest curry is an almost fat free chicken dhansak, and it’s really easy to make.

First toast the spices

I like to use whole spices and dry roast them, then grind in an electric coffee grinder which I keep just for spices , you could use ready ground at a push, but grinding your own spices gives a fuller flavour and I think in low fat curries where I’m not frying the onions, garlic, ginger and spices it’s a great way of packing more flavour.

So in a small pan gently roast the following spices, then cool a little and grind.

3 whole green cardamom pods

3 cloves

8 black peppercorns

1 1/2 inches of cinnamon bark

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Make the sauce- roughly chop a large onion and 3 large carrots, 5 cloves garlic and 1 inch fresh root ginger (grated). Put everything in a large pan with a tin of chopped tomatoes, the ground spices and the following spices, chilli powder to your taste, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Then add red lentils, I guess the quantity, maybe 1/2 cup and add water ( you need to check the liquid every so often so it doesn’t boil dry )  bring to the boil and simmer until the veg are soft then blitz with a hand blender. Then add the juice from a tin of pineapples and the chopped fruit, and 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks.

Then either simmer or put it in the oven for 40minutes.

I served mine with brown rice but the diet portion of rice isn’t enough when you have a lovely sauce so I made Jamie’s cauli rice as well. Just blitz some cauliflower in a processor until it looks like rice grains, add a tablespoon of water then cover and microwave for 3 minutes.

This is a really yummy curry and not bad for your waistline either, enjoy!
low calorie Dhansak curry