Why Meatless Mondays?…a meatless any day you choose is fine it just makes more and more sense to cut down the meat we consume…
Introducing more plant-based meals into your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight if you have some weight to lose then adding more plant-based meals has the benefit of removing foods from your diet which cause weight gain.
Plants are high in fibre…this means by introducing more plant-based recipes to your diet that the health of your gut improves so you are better able to absorb the nutrients from your food… you will be eating foods that support your immune system and reduce inflammation.
Fibre can lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar and it’s great for good bowel management…
How is introducing more plant-based meals going in your kitchen… Going well or meeting with some opposition?...
This week … Mango Curry.
A mango curry spiced with Indian spices...which I eat with Indian bread or nan bread.
Mangoes are very plentiful here and everywhere you go are all types of mangoes the squirrels are also enjoying the mangoes on our tree I just haven’t been quick enough or lucky enough to catch him on film yet…haha
- 3 semi-ripe mangoes
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tbsp grated palm sugar
- Salt to taste
For the seasoning:
- 1 tbsp Oil(I used ghee)
- 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
- a pinch of Fenugreek seeds ( I used fennel)
- 4-6 Curry leaves
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed or finely sliced
- 1-2 Green chillies, slit and deseeded
- 1 medium-sized Onion, sliced thinly
The original recipe recommended washing the mangoes and cutting up leaving the skin on…The skin on my mangoes was quite marked so I removed the skin and cut the mangoes up roughly.
To the mango add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
Heat oil/ ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek (fennel)seeds to it and when it sputters, add the green chillies and curry leaves followed by garlic and sliced onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.
Add the marinated mangoes and mix well. Then add about a cup of water and cook the mangoes with a lid covered on low heat for approx 5 minutes my mangoes took a little longer it does depend on the ripeness of your fruit.
Add the palm sugar and cook until it thickens about 5/10 mins.
Serve hot with bread or rice…
N.B I fried some curry leaves for the top as a garnish…
The verdict: I love it my taste testers don’t…if you love anything mango you will probably like this curry I think it was probably too fruity for my taste testers and they felt not enough substance but as a fairly light meal, I really like it…
Sticky Coconut Rice and Mango…is very popular here.
Sticky rice with Mango is probably one of the most iconic Thai desserts and on most restaurant menus from the little cafe to the poshest restaurant.
To make this at home is very easy… First, steam some glutinous rice.
To prepare the milk:
Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly and let the coconut milk simmer. DO NOT let it boil hard as coconut milk will curdle. Also, make sure that the coconut milk you buy is 100% pure as I have been informed by my son that where he lives in the UK all coconut milk sold is not 100% and that definitely separates on heating to high.
Then add 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from heat. Pour 3/4 of the hot coconut milk over 1 cup of the hot sticky rice. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The hot sticky rice will absorb all the coconut milk. The rice should be a little mushy.
Spoon the rest of the coconut milk on top of the rice at the serving time.
Last week I featured the humble Cauliflower…I couldn’t believe how very popular the cauliflower is…I have since come across many recipes using cauliflower which I am going to test and once I do I will share them with you so keep reading as there will be a Part 2 …The cauliflower…
That’s all for today on my journey into eating more plant-based meals on a Meatless Monday……Thank you again to everyone who is suggesting recipes I will try them all…xx
Thank you for reading this post If you have enjoyed this post please leave a comment and any tips or recipes you want to share… I love to chat and share recipes…Love Carol xx