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What you need:

1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
1 onion, quartered
2 1/2 cups vegetables (baby corn, capsicum, beans, carrot, cabbage), chopped into bite sized pieces
1 tsp light soya sauce
2 tsps vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsps tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mixed in 1 cup water)
salt to taste
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds/til
1 1/2 tbsps sesame oil or peanut oil

What you do:

Par boil carrots, beans, baby corn in 3 cups of boiling water and pinch of salt for 3 mts. Turn off heat, strain and cool.

Heat a tbsp of sesame oil in a large wok, once the oil is piping hot, add half of the crushed garlic and ginger paste and stir fry for a few seconds.

Add the chopped spring onion whites and stir for half a mt. Add the par boiled as well as the rest of the other vegetables and stir fry on high for 4-5 mts, constantly tossing them. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and keep aside.

In the same wok, add 2 tsps of oil, add remaining crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and vinegar. Combine well.

Add the cornflour mixture and cook stirring continuously till the sauce turns thick and turn off heat.

At the time of serving, mix in the stir fried vegetables and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

Serve hot with noodles or fried rice.

 

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What you need:

2 cups long grain rice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 litre of hot water

2 bay leaves

salt & pepper to taste

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp paprika powder

1/2 tsp turmeric  powder

1 pinch of saffron

2 onions diced

1 leek sliced

1 small aubergine cut into cubes

1 courgette (zucchini) cut into semi circles

1 of each red & yellow  peppers diced

5 to 6 button mushroom quartered

What you do:

Wash and soak the rice in some hot water, while you prepare the vegetables. Chop into fairly large chunks and boil the water.

Pre heat a large sauce pan or wok on medium temperature.

Drain the rice, add the oil to the pan and all the ingredients and sauté for a few minutes, you will see a shine on the rice. Pour the hot water and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Mix and check to see if the rice is done, add more water if necessary and cook until all the water has evaporated.

serve with some lemon wedges.

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What you need:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion ( diced)
1  clove of garlic  crushed
1 lb / 500 g lean beef mince
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp chilli powder
400g tin chopped  tomatoes
1 red pepper chopped & de-seeded
2 tbsp tomato paste
75 ml beef stock
300g tin red kidney beans (drained)
4 oz / 115 g coriander leaves, chopped
8 flour tortillas

6 oz / 170 g  grated cheddar cheese
Lettuce leaves &  sour cream to serve

What to do:

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

In a large frying pan heat the oil over medium-high heat.

Add  the onion and garlic & stir occasionally, for 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Add the mince. Cook  stirring, for around 3 minutes or until browned.

Next add the cumin, paprika and chilli powder & keep  stirring  for 1 minute or until aromatic.

Add the tomatoes, red pepper, tomato paste and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low.

Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened then stir in the kidney beans and coriander.

Warm the tortillas following directions on packet. Divide beef mixture between tortillas. Spread the mixture along the centre of  each tortilla. Roll up to enclose filling.

Place in a large, greased baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and burritos start to brown.

Serve with sour cream and lettuce  leaves.

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