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If you’ve read about high-protein, low carbohydrate eating plans, you
may believe carbohydrates make weight loss difficult, but not all
carbohydrates are equal. Yes excess carbohydrates not used immediately for
fuel will be stored as fat, so you do need to reduce your intake, but it
is possible to choose ‘slow-release’ carbohydrates that help to fill you
up and satisfy hunger efficiently. These foods are digested and absorbed
slowly, providing slow-release energy, helping to keep hunger at bay.
Best choice slow release carbohydratefoods:
Pumpernickel, pitta bread, oat bran, rice bran, rolled oats, muesli,
buckwheat, bulgar, pearl barley, heavy wholemeal, fruit bread, basmati and
parboiled rice, wholewheat pasta, canned or dried lentils, legumes, beans,
canned sweetcorn, corn-on-the-cob, cherries, apples, grapefruit, grapes,
oranges, peaches, pears, plums, peas, cold potato salad, sweet potato,
yoghurt, skimmed milk, Juices (dilute 50/50 with water): Grapefruit Apple
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Peanuts are a popular ingredient in sub-Saharan cuisine but here is a
yummy recipe, much closer to home:
CASSEROLED POTATOES with ORIGANUM
1 kg new or large potatoes
150 ml pure virgin olive oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
30 ml lemon juice
10 ml grated lemon rind
125 ml vegetable stock
coarse sea salt and ground black pepper
15 ml dried origanum or chopped fresh origanum
1. Lightly peel the potatoes and cut in half (when using new potatoes,
simply wash and halve)
2. Rinse and pat dry
3. Pierce them with a fork and boil in salted water until the edges begin
to turn white
4. Drain in a colander and place on kitchen towel to dry
5.Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan and add the onions - fry until
they become soft and transparent
6. Add the potatoes and continue cooking on a medium heat, until the
onions and potatoes turn a light golden brown
7. Add the lemon juice, seasoning, rind, stock and origanum, cover and
cook slowly, stirring occasionally
8. After 30 minutes the water should have evaporated, and the potatoes
will be surrounded by tangy oil
9. Serve the potatoes with this oil drizzled over, which can be mopped up
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page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
Lily from Oregon, USA in the beautiful Northwest.
Toasted wheat bread, top with peanut butter, a slice (ring) of pineapple,
a TB of Hawaiian Pear Chutney, sharp cheddar cheese slice
Broil in oven until cheese melts....yuuummm!
1948: D F Malan's National Party
comes into power in South Africa, the state of Israel is founded, Mahatma
Ghandi is assassinated, the 33 1/3 rpm LP record is introduced, Velcro is
Really, really old recipe
This dates from the late 1800's
Put the finely pared rinds of 18 Seville oranges into 3 quarts of
brandy and let them steep for 14 days. Then strain and add 2 pints of very
thick syrup. Bottle and cork closely.
Nature is wonderful. I envy
the jobs of the game rangers and their wealth of bush knowledge. I
have often wondered where one can read up on all the interesting
facts. I would like to make this a regular feature of this newsletter,
if you are able to contribute or would like to comment on the
contribution below, please
Sable Antelope - jewel of its tribe
“Clad in their black attire like the chief mourner at a funeral . . . with
all the pomposity and self-importance of village billy goats . . . so
brilliant an addition to the catalogue of game quadrupeds - so bright a
jewel amid the riches of zoology”. So enthused Sir William Cornwallis
Harris, explorer and trophy hunter, who first described the species in
The Sable Antelope is regarded by many as the most magnificent antelope in
Africa. The males have the glossy, jet-black coat set off by striking
white facial markings and underbelly. The females are rusty red and
handsome creatures in their own right. In common with other members of the
Hippotragini antelope tribe, both sexes have horns, and what horns they
are! Few antelope have anything to compare with the massive swept back
spikes which commonly exceed one metre in length in the males, and are
somewhat shorter in females. Like its close relative, the Roan, the Sable
has a conspicuous mane and this, combined with its horse-like build, have
earned them the family name of Hippotragini, which means ‘horse-goat'.
Sable live in small herds consisting of numerous adult females, which have
a strict hierarchy according to seniority, and their offspring. Each herd
is accompanied by a dominant bull which - although it may often feed away
from the harem - will never be far away and will always accompany them to
water, where attack from a predator is most likely. Even Lions show a
great deal of respect for these antelope, however, and there have been
numerous instances of the big cats having been gored to death by Sable
bulls. Females and calves are at risk to Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah
and Wild Dog. Non-breeding bulls occur singly or in small bachelor herds.
After a gestation period of eight to nine months, expectant females leave
the herd to give birth to a single youngster. The sandy-coloured calf is
then concealed in long grass for the first three weeks of its life, before
its mother leads it into the herd.
Sable are primarily grazers of dominant grass species, either of medium
height or in new growth. During the dry season they are typically found in
valley bottoms and along drainage lines, where they are able to find
drinking water on a daily basis. In the wet season they leave the heavy
spoils of the lowlands to move into broad-leaved woodlands
Sable are thinly distributed in the woodland-savanna of south-central
Africa, with two isolated populations commonly regarded as subspecies. The
so-called Giant Sable of north-western Angola is endangered, and was
actually feared extinct until a population was discovered a few years ago
in this war-ravaged country. The Giant Sable is a particularly impressive
animal, with males having horns up to 1.6 metres in length! Fears for its
ongoing survival in the remoteness of Angola are high as it is extremely
difficult to monitor or police its remaining habitat. The Kenyan coastal
population (sometimes referred to as ‘Shimba Sable') has shorter horns
than the typical Sable but is regarded as threatened as its Angolan
CC Africa's Sable Hotspots
Sable are regularly encountered in the open woodlands of Matesti which is
situated on the Zambezi River in north-western Zimbabwe. Reasonable
numbers occur in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where visitors to Nxabega and
Sandibe have a chance of encountering them. Stragglers may wander into
Ngala on the western extremity of the Kruger National Park, but there have
been just a handful of sightings in recent years.
- Duncan Butchart -
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Another new feature, from now on I will feature a potjie recipe with
each newsletter. For those of you who are not familiar with a potjie
(cast iron three legged pot) you may use a dutch oven.
is not my favourite, but I am sure a lot of you love it, so here goes:
Mexican Chicken Pot
If you enjoy
Mexican food, you’ll not be able to refuse this chicken pot. It’s unique
taste is mainly thanks to the mixture of herbs and spices and it’s so
filling that nothing extra, besides a nice tossed salad, needs to be
served with the pot. It’s enough for 5 to 6 people and a # 3 pot is
30ml Cooking oil
5ml Lemon pepper
seeded and diced
peeled and sliced
potatoes, peeled and cubed
125ml Dry white
15 Whole button
1 cube Chicken
the oil in the pot and
chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden brown. Remove and brown the
onions and chilli until soft. Replace the chicken and add the water.
Cover with the lid and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
the veggies and rice as they appear above and sprinkle the herbs and
spices on top. Cover with the lid and allow to simmer for another 15
the wine and the rest of the ingredients and pour over the food. Cover
with the lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice is
done. Give the pot a good stir before serving.
One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his
Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me,
"What setting do I use on the washing machine?"
"It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?" He yelled
back,"University of Canberra ."
And they say blondes are dumb.
A couple is lying in bed. The man says,"I am going to make you the
happiest woman in the world." The woman replies, "I'll miss you..."
It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of
the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed
the lawn like this?"
"Probably that I married you for your money," she replied.
Q: Why do little boys whine?
A: They are practicing to be men.
Q: What do you call a handcuffed man?
Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and
calling your name?
A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.
Q: Why do men whistle when they are sitting on the toilet?
A: It helps them remember which end they need to wipe.
Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
A: Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manuals"
I have a big dog & I was buying a large bag of Winalot in Tesco and was
standing in the queue at the till. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Winalot Diet again,
although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last
time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care
ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and the way that it
works is to load your trouser pockets with Winalot nuggets and simply eat
one or two every time you feel hungry & that the food is nutritionally
complete so I was going to try it again. I have to mention here that
practically everyone in the queue was by now enthralled with my story,
particularly a guy who was behind her.
Horrified, she asked if I'd ended up in the hospital in that condition
because I had been poisoned. I told her no, it was because I'd been
sitting in the road licking my balls and a car hit me.
I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard
as he staggered out the door.
Stupid woman.........why else would I buy f**king dog food??
This herb is indigenous to North America, but became popular in Europe,
after early settlers brought back the seeds.The scent of the leaves is
reminiscent of the Italian bergamot orange, from which the oil of bergamot
is made, and we think this is how it got it's name. It is also known as
It makes an excellent garden plant, as the flowers range in colour through
red, cerise, pink, magenta, and white (which is very rare). It is a lovely
"showy" plant. The leaves are picked in spring or summer, and the flowers
when they open. When you cut back the plant, keep the leaves and flowers
Bergamot, attracts bumble bees, butterflies, and bees to the garden. Honey
bees are unable to extract the nectar unless holes have been made by other
Bergamot and rosemary make a very attractive hedge. Plant the bergamot in
front of the rosemary for the best effect, as the flowers will be cut down
in winter. Don't let the plants dry out or they will become weak and
Both the flowers and leaves make a wonderful addition to potpourris.
The North American Indians boiled the flowering top of wild bergamot to
make a hair oil.
Bergamot leaves added to bath vinegars make excellent refreshers.
Bergamot leaves infused in hot water can be used as a rinse for oily hair.
Bergamot leaves can be infused into a tea, and used for nausea,
flatulence, menstrual pain and insomnia.
Bergamot leaves can be inhaled in steam to relieve bronchial catarrh and
The soft petals from the flowers can be added to salads.
Add the chopped leaves to stuffings or apple sauce as a condiment for
Sprinkle dried bergamot on veal, for a delicious flavour.
Bergamot, added to cabbage dishes, rice and samp, enhances the flavour.
Bergamot, chopped with mint, makes a tasty addition to spanspek or melon
dishes. Remember, however, that it is strongly flavoured, and should be
The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs,
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is that your book is a combination of medicinal and culinary
advice, unlike many other herb books I've read.
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I used to have a regular feature on my website that I called the
Zimbabwe Letters. sadly my contact "went silent" and I
didn't have a source any more. I am looking for another source
Some of Mugabe's Quotes
Questioned about Retirement
Mugabe in an interview with ABC saying that he would remain in
charge of the country, even after he leaves office.
"I'll still be in the party," he said. "The party is greater than
government, by the way, and my being president of the party is
similar to my being president of the country."
November 10, 2005
Talking about efforts by international food agencies to get food
to his starving population, in an interview with Sky TV.
"Why foist this food upon us? We do not want to be choked, we have
Dialogue between MDC and ZANU-PF? Never!
2003 August: "Those who seek unity must not be our enemies. No, we
say no to them, they must first repent... they must first be
together with us, speak the same language with us, act like us,
walk alike and dream alike."
2003 June: "Let the MDC and its leadership be warned that those
who play with fire will not only be burnt, but consumed by that
2004 February: "We cannot discuss with allies of the West. The
devil is the devil and we have no idea of supping with the devil"
Cementing his Dictatorship
2002 December: At the annual conference of his ruling party, Zanu-PF,
referring to white commercial farmers who resisted his land reform
"We saw who they were, what they were and we realised we had
nurtured enemies among us, so we started treating them as enemies,
enemies of our government, enemies of our party, enemies of our
2002 December: At the annual conference of his ruling party, Zanu-PF,
referring to western countries (Bush and Blair)
"The more they work against us... the more negative we shall
become to their kith and kin here."
2003 March: In a speech at funeral of Dr Swithun Mombeshora
"This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people,
sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his
people and their rights over their resources… If that is Hitler,
then let me be a Hitler tenfold."
2003 December: At the ZANU-PF annual conference
"If they (the MDC) want to violate the laws of the country, we can
unleash legal force and legal violence, which we are permitted to
do. [...] Some measures of force must be used to restrain them."
2002 - Parlimentary Elections
February: "We are in a war to defend our rights and the interests
of our people. The British have decided to take us on through the
March: "All of you gathered here can see that whites want us to be
their slaves and they are now closing shops and factories to throw
you blacks into the streets so that you can turn against the
In a speech celebrating his re-inauguration and clarifying his
policy towards the opposition MDC: "We will make them run. If they
have not run before we will make them run now…. We will not pander
to them any longer. That is gone. It is finished. We are now
entering a new chapter, and there will be firm government, very
2001 - Land Reform Program Intensifies
In a televised speech: "Violence is not just happening, it in fact
has been deliberately hatched at the center of the MDC and by its
patrons and principals overseas... This is a real physical fight
and we have to prepare for it."
In an interview marking his 77th birthday: "I would like to
[retire], sure. As long as I am assured that those we fought
yesterday are thoroughly beaten and that the carpet they now stand
on, the economic carpet, has been removed from their feet and it
has become our carpet."
Talking about white farmers arrested for refusing to move from
their farms: "They will not be treated like special creatures. Why
should they be treated as if they are next to God? If anything,
they are next to he who commands evil and resides in [the]
2000 June - Elections Approach
"The whites can be citizens in our country, or residents, but not
our cousins. They are the greatest racists in the world."
Typical references to Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the
"A white man masquerading as a black" and "A tea boy for his white
"Morgan Tsvangirai is an ambitious frog ... as long as Morgan will
be used by the British he will be a frog."
BBC interview with David Dimbleby - 26th June 2000
On whites in Zimbabwe
"We have not stopped singing to the theme of unity and the theme
of love. Even the whites are free to live here. But they must
change. Your kind - the British kind - are very difficult to
change. We rate them as the most conceited, the most arrogant, the
most selfish and the most racist in our situation."
"We ourselves should not ever... as government, as a party, as
individuals within the party, be seen to be acting in a racist
way, blacks against whites, we refuse to do that. The whites
wouldn't be here if I was like that....we can't do things like
On his governments failure to uphold the law.
"The law of the land must also work for moral justice - if I lead
the people on the land and then get time to bring about law and
order then it is a far better proposition, a better approach than
one which will pit the forces against the masses of people now
occupying the land and there would be greater death greater
bloodshed - this is just a little row of trespass."
"Elsewhere, those who commit murders are being arrested, those
who commit robberies are being arrested, other crimes are being
taken care of and there is greater law and order.
Only in the little area of trespass on the farms, where there has
in fact been injustice all along by the farmers and if they suffer
this very little - shall I say? - inconvenience of their land
being occupied. And they suffer that very little inconvenience,
against the inconvenience that we have suffered as a people for
On the possibility of an opposition election victory.
"That probability should never be entertained. I can never concede
that they have the capacity to win , in dreamland perhaps, yes, I
could see them in power but when I get up I say that is a dream,
never a reality. Why do you want us to talk about dreams now?"
"If Zanu-PF loses, we will not accept the results. We fought and
died for this country and you cannot expect us to hand the country
on a silver plate to some new party backed by the white man."
This South Africa - interesting facts and
Watching the right whale
Every year southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding
grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa
in June. The coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating,
calving and rearing their young - and giving whale-watchers
spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.
The southern right gets its name from the simple fact it was once
regarded it as the "right" whale to hunt - the animals are
slow-moving, rich in oil and baleen, float when killed and provide
an enormous yield.
This "rightness" brought the animals to the brink of extinction in
the early 20th century, as whalers killed an estimated 20 000 of
the animals. Protected in South African waters since 1935, their
numbers have slowly crept back to a world population of some
4 000, most of which visit the country's coastline every year.
Playing, courting and nursing
Weighing in at about 60 tons and estimated to live as long as 100
years, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) has became a
major tourist attraction up and down the South African coast.
Their breeding ground is the sheltered bays of the Cape coast,
with the majestic animals spending up to five months a year here.
They pass their time playing, courting, and nursing their newborn
calves, often just metres from the shore, providing spectacular
The southern right whale (Image: Hermanus Tourism)
Southern rights are massive and rotund animals, rounder and
heavier than the humpback or Bryde's whale and smaller only than
the blue whale. They can be identified by their total lack of a
dorsal fin, stubby square-ended flippers, and by callosities,
unusual wart-like growths, on the head.
Mostly a dark bluish-black colour, about 4% of calves are born
entirely white. This is a sex-linked genetic trait - all white
calves are male - and the colour darkens to the usual black as the
The breeding season is during spring, from July to October.
Females calve every three years, with a year of gestation, a year
raising the calf and a year of rest. The cow needs the rest year
to recover from the tremendous physical strain of gestating a
four-ton calf in just 12 months, and suckling it for another six
months. A calf can drink up to 200 litres of milk and grow by as
much as three centimetres every day.
Intelligent, inquisitive and sensitive animals, southern rights
form small social groups of about six related animals. In the
breeding season cow and calf pairs can often been seen cavorting
in the water together. The way mother and child breach
alternately, one after the other, suggests that this and other
behaviour may be taught.
Southern rights are willing performers for onlookers, often
breaching several times in succession to hit the water again with
a cannon-blast sound. Another characteristic behaviour, unique to
the right whale, is resting head-down in the water for several
minutes with the flukes held aloft, as if hoping to be pushed
along by the wind - variously called "sailing" or "head-standing".
Then there's flipper slapping, lobtailing - slapping the tail on
the water - and spyhopping, raising the massive head to see above
the surface. Their huge curiosity often prompts them to approach
boats to investigate - a trait with tragic consequences in the
days of the whalers.
The best time for watching the southern right whale in South
African waters is from June to November along the Cape south
coast, although some will already be as far north as KwaZulu-Natal.
Peak calving season is July and August, but whales can still be
seen through September and October.
Planning a whale-watching route
South African whale-watching territory runs from Doringbaai, south
of Cape Town, all the way east along the coast as far as Durban.
They can be viewed from cliffs and beaches, with boat operators
offering trips out to sea for an even closer encounter.
The town of Hermanus in Walker Bay on the Cape south coast offers
possibly the best land-based whale watching in the world. The
animals can be clearly seen from a scenic cliff-top walk, and the
town holds an whale-watching festival every September.
Hermanus claims to be the whale capital of the world, but so does
Plettenberg Bay, further east along the coast. Southern rights
visit the bay from about June to November, and migratory humpback
whales can also be briefly seen from May and June and then, on
their return trip, from about November to January.
The Garden Route from Stilbaai through Mossel Bay and on to
George, Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma is a magnificent
stretch of coastline hosting southern rights in their season,
humpbacks between May and December, Bryde's whales all year round
- and, occasionally, killer whales.
From Cape St Francis to the rugged Wild Coast are numerous vantage
points to see humpbacks, Bryde's, minke and killer whales and
quite often southern rights, especially in Algoa Bay, while sperm
and beaked whales approach close to shore off Port St Johns.
Humpback whales are spotted almost daily during their northward
migration from May to July and again on their return journey from
November to January, occasionally being spotted as far north as
On the Cape west coast, excellent sightings of southern rights can
be enjoyed all the way from Strandfontein, to Lambert's Bay,
Elands Bay, St Helena, Saldanha and Ysterfontein, just north of
Whales can also be seen all around the Cape Peninsula and along
the south coast to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.
Agulhas is particularly rewarding, with great views of southern
right cows and calves at play - up to 50 pairs at a time. Whale
watching can also be enjoyed from picturesque town of Arniston
along the coast to Cape Infanta.
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SWEET ‘N SPICY CURRY STEW (FISH OR PORK)
500g firm fleshed white fish steaks (like hake), frozen or fresh
OR 750g pork fillet, cubed
20 ml turmeric
45 ml sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
300 g sweet potato, cooked and cubed
3 ml chilli powder
5 ml ground coriander
10 ml garam masala
150 ml seedless sultanas, soaked
410g can chopped tomatoes (use Indian-style if available, for extra
60 ml tomato paste
45 ml brown sugar
125 ml natural low-fat yoghurt
90 ml fresh coriander leaves or parsley, chopped
Season the fish/meat cubes with the turmeric and toss in the flour,
shaking off any excess.
Heat the oil in a saucepan.
Add the fish/meat and cook until lightly browned.
Remove and set aside.
Saute the onion until translucent. Add the sweet potato, chilli powder,
ground coriander, and masala and stir-fry until aromatic, about a minute.
Add the sultanas with their liquid, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar.
Simmer for 8 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Return the fish/meat to the saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes for fish, 10
minutes for meat.
Remove from the heat and stir in the yoghurt and fresh coriander and
serve. Serves 6.
Once you’ve tasted this delicious fish breyani, you’ll travel to the ends
of the earth (or at least to Durban!) to find all the spices the recipe
demands. It’s a bit time-consuming, but well worth the effort in the end
and will feed a lot of people.
50 ml oil
1 large onion, sliced into rings
4 cardamom seeds
4 whole cloves
2 pieces stick cinnamon
5 ml chopped fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, crushed
5 ml barishap
5 ml cumin seeds (jeera)
5 ml ground coriander
5 ml leaf masala
5 ml breyani masala
1 kg fresh fish, cubed
5 ml fish masala
6 small potatoes, peeled
200g (500 ml) uncooked rice
5 ml turmeric
125 ml lentils (masoor)
4 hard-boiled eggs
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion, cardamom seeds, cloves, cinnamon,
ginger and garlic until the onion is tender and all the flavours have
blended together. Add the barishap, cumin seeds, coriander, leaf masala,
breyani masala and a little water. Simmer until an aromatic paste is
Season the fish with salt and fish masala and add together with potatoes
to the paste. Fry until the mixture acquires a nice yellow colour. Cover
and braise until cooked. The potatoes should be soft but still intact. Add
extra water if necessary.
Add the rice to boiling salted water along with the turmeric and boil
until tender. Drain and set aside. Cook the lentils in boiling water until
soft and drain.
Combine the rice and lentils and arrange layers of the breyani mixture and
rice in a saucepan. Add a little water, cover with a piece of waxed paper
and lid, and steam for about half an hour.
Slice the eggs into quarters and place on top of the breyani just before
Serves 6 – 8.
1 large onion, sliced into rings
30 ml (2 T) garlic and ginger paste
30 ml (2 T) mixed masala
1 ml (1/4 t) turmeric
4 jam tomatoes, peeled and grated
60 ml (1/4 cup) soaked tamarind pulp
3-4 green chillies
1 large crab (about 500g) cleaned and cut into pieces with shell intact
fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Fry the onion in a little heated oil until golden brown.
Stir in the garlic and ginger paste, and add the masala, turmeric,
tomatoes, tamarind pulp and chillies.
Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
Season with salt, add the crab pieces, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Sprinkle with the fresh coriander leaves and serve with rice.
Serves 2 – 3
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
3-4 green chillies
15 ml (1 T) garlic and ginger paste
30-45 ml (2-3 T) mixed masala
5 ml (1 t) turmeric
6 medium-sized jam tomatoes, peeled and pureed
500 g prawns, shelled and alimentary canal removed, but keep tails intact
fresh coriander leaves
Stir-fry the onion, curry leaves and chillies in a little heated oil until
the onion is golden brown.
Stir in the ginger and garlic paste.
Add the masala, turmeric and tomatoes, and braise for a few minutes before
simmering until the tomatoes are fragrant.
Add the prawns, cover and simmer for another 5-7 minutes or until the
prawns are done.
Season with salt and sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves.
1 kg boneless lamb thick rib, cubed
30 ml cooking oil
1 onion, sliced
4 sprigs dhania (fresh coriander)
50 g slivered almonds
15 ml ground coriander
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
5 ml freshly-ground black pepper
2 ml salt
2 ml turmeric
5 ml ground cardamom seeds
1 piece of fresh ginger root, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
150 ml natural yoghurt
Mix all the marinade ingredients together, place meat into it and marinate
for a few hours.
Drain, keep marinade aside.
Saute onion in heated cooking oil till transparent. Add meat and marinade.
Cover with lid, lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes or till meat is
Place 4 sprigs of fresh dhania (coriander) on top of meat and simmer for
an additional 10 minutes. Remove dhania. Spoon meat out into a meat
platter and garnish with toasted almonds.
400g (500 ml) long grain rice
100g (125 ml) large brown lentils
10 ml salt
2 ml turmeric
1 litre water
2 onions, thinly sliced
500g lean beef mince
3 cardamom pods, bruised
2 pieces stick cinnamon
5 ml crushed fresh ginger
5 ml crushed garlic
10 ml ground cumin
10 ml ground coriander
5 ml crushed dried chilli
5 ml turmeric
30 ml tomato paste
125 frozen diced carrots
125 g frozen peas
55g (55 ml) butter
150 ml water
Rice Layer: Simmer the rice and lentils in water with the turmeric and
salt for 20 minutes. Rinse and drain in a colander.
Mince Layer: Combine onions, mince, cloves, cardamom, ginger and garlic
and cook in a large saucepan over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring to
create a smooth texture. Add the cumin, coriander, chilli powder,
turmeric, salt and tomato paste. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until
spices are well blended. Add the mixed vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.
Spoon half the rice mixture into a large saucepan or ovenproof dish, top
with mince mixture and end with a layer of the remaining rice. Dot with
butter and sprinkle with water. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and
cook on high for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer on medium for about 30
minutes (or bake at 180ºC). Serve with salad and chutney.
CREAMY CHICKEN CURRY
Another way to stretch meat is to add pulses such as beans or lentils,
which are filling. Red lentils are small and absorb the flavour of meat,
so are ideal to add to stews or curries if you are not a bean fan. Pulses
are a good source of protein and are cheaper and healthier than meat, so
give them a try. In this recipe the chicken meat has been taken off the
bone to make it go further. By doing this and by adding lentils, less
chicken is needed, making it more economical. Vegetables have been added
to stretch the dish even further, and yoghurt instead of coconut or cream,
to give it a creamy finish.
30 ml sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
30-40 ml curry powder
550 ml chicken stock
3 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, chopped
30 ml desiccated coconut
15 ml vinegar
1 apple, peeled and diced
2 potatoes, quartered
200 ml red lentils
100 g green beans, halved
250 ml butternut, peeled and cubed
250 ml natural yoghurt
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
Add curry powder and sauté for 30 seconds. Add chicken stock and bring to
the boil. Add chicken and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for 40
minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from the pot and cool slightly. Pull the meat off the bones
and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return chicken meat to the saucepan, along
with remaining ingredients, except yoghurt. Simmer, covered, for a further
20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the yoghurt and season to taste. Serve with rice.
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