Ok, hands up who likes pie?
Hands up who likes curry?
Hmm... that's a fair few of us who like pie AND curry.
fancy a spot of that fancy fusion cuisine?
Ladies and jellyspoons, may I present...
The CURRY PIE!!
OH. MY. curry pie.
This was something Dominic dreamed up a while ago. We both love pie and peas (as in mushy) but being fans of spicy food and with a serious addiction to tarka dahl, what could be better than a curry pie with a dollop of dahl?
If you wanted to make these it's really easy. Cook up a batch of your favourite curry - ours is a Madhur beef one with lots of roasted and ground coriander seeds and coconut milk - and the only tweaking involved adding some slaked cornflour near the end to thicken it up to a pie filling consistency.
Buy some ready made, chilled shortcrust pastry (make it easy on yourself!)and some foil pie tins.
Here they are sans lid.
what we do once the lids are cut out is we sprinkle mustard seeds and cumin seeds on top and gently press in with the rolling pin. Looking at my hand here I can totally sympathise with Lucy in her latest post!
Anyway, I digress...
So, the lids once on, look like this.
Don't forget to cut little slits for the steam!
We then freeze these - along with batches of dahl - again, a Madhur recipe, so that on cold winter days we can take out of the freezer in the morning, with nothing more to do but to shove in the oven when we get in after work. How satisfying.
There is something quite bizarre and utterly gorgeous about the short, crisp, buttery pastry and the rich, spicy filling that is just...mmmm...and with dahl on the side as a carb and to add extra comfort, what could be better on a horizontal raining day? I reckon these would go down a treat on bonfire night too :-)
I am trying to restock the freezer with batch cooked goodies at the moment and would love to hear what others cook up for their freezers.
If anyone would like the recipes for the curry and the dhal I am but an email click away :-)