Would you like to know how to make your own curry? Apparently it’s curry (not roast dinner) that is officially England’s favourite meal. There’s nothing wrong with a takeout now and then. But for other times, make it yourself. You’ll know what’s in it, and there’s no plastic-wrapped ready-meals to worry about.
Avoid certain foods (green veggies, grapefruit) with some medicines. No nuts, seeds and nut/seed butters for young children. Cut carrot sticks/veggie hot dogs lengthwise and again, to avoid choking. Choose palm-oil-free vegan butters. See foods to keep away from pets.
- Heavenly Vegan Dals & Curries is a beautiful book by an Indian woman who lives in The Netherlands. Recipes include hot plantain curry with sugar snaps and lentil pizza (with vegetable overload).
- Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen is one of the best Indian cookbook. Her e-book Diwali Sweets donates profits to pig sanctuary (semolina crumble, doughnut balls in syrup, saffron fudge).
- Raika for delicious Indian food by chef Romy Gill.
Better Curry Spices
Keep these away from pets (use a letterbox guard if ordering online, as a few contain pet-toxic nutmeg/mace. Some curry kits are sold with ‘cook’s candles’ to eliminate odours, but these should not be burned near pets, especially cats, birds, ferrets or reptiles.
The Tea Spoon Club offers compostable spice kits all pre-measured, ready for use. And each order generates tree planting in the country where the spices come from. The Spice Collection Box features 6 refill sizes including turmeric, paprika, ground cumin, chilli powder, 2 cinnamon sticks and nutmeg.
Cheeky Food Co’s Spicy Sprinkles are sold in glass jars, created by a London woman to traditional recipes, inspired by her 45 Indian relatives! The range includes:
- Nutter Coconut is made with whole roasted coconuts and a hint of garlic and spices. Enjoy on salads or spring greens.
- Pecky Peanut is made from 98% roasted peanuts, with chilli and cumin. Nice with potato salads.
- Hot-Chilli-Hot is made from dried chillies, with coconut and garlic. Good for anyone who likes a kick to soups, stir-fries or curry.
- Silly Sesame is made with roasted sesame seeds, garlic and chilli. Good with stir-fries, roast cauliflower or broccoli.