Bite Me Spices 'Many Veggies' Dhansak

While I could not quite bring myself to be a full time vegetarian, I like many other people are trying to eat more plant-based meals. In fact the vast majority of our blends work very well without meat.

I will post more vegetarian options over the next few weeks, unfortunately I'm not a fan of meat substitutes so if you use them, I'd suggest just replacing the quantity like for like. Here's my favourite curry blend made with the vegetables that needed using up from our fridge and cupboards. Use these or similar vegetables you have to use up.

Ingredients Serves- 4-6

  • Bite Me Spices Dhansak Kit
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced finely
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2cm round of ginger, grated
  • 1 large potato, cubed in large chunks
  • 2 carrots, chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 swede, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cauliflower, medium florets
  • 75g green lentils
  • 75g red lentils
  • 100g green beans
  • 1 red/1 green pepper, sliced 
  • 1 pint vegetable stock
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2tsp brown sugar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Coriander, chopped to serve

Method

  • Heat the oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Add sliced onions and the bay leaf if using and fry gently for 5 minutes stirring occaisionally. 
  • Add chopped garlic and ginger. Stir and fry gently for another 5 minutes. The onions should be slightly golden and softened.
  • Add all the root vegetables and Spice Mix 1, the vegetable stock and tomatoes to the onion mix. Slow cooker users should transfer to the slow cooker at this point.
  • Let the vegetables simmer for 40 minutes on a low heat with a lid on if you have one.
  • Add Spice Mix 2 and the lentils. Stir and add the remaining softer vegetables.
  • Replace the lid for 40 more minutes, vegetables should be cooked through. Add the sugar and season to taste.
  • Add coriander and serve with boiled rice and/or nan bread.

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