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Maria’s Recipes: Indian Sloppy Joes

Serves 4

*Potatoes (med-large) x 2, chopped

*Cauliflower x 1/2, broken into florets, stalks chopped

*Frozen green peas x 1/2 cup

*Red capsicum x 1 small (all seeds removed)

*Green capsicum x 1 small (all seeds removed)

*Onion x 1 small

*Optional Green Chilli x 1 (seeds removed, chopped) OR chilli flakes to taste

*Garlic x 1 clove minced

*Fresh ginger x 1 teaspoon minced

*Turmeric x 1/4 teaspoon

*Curry Powder x teaspoon’s

*Salt, a couple of pinches

*Crushed tomatoes x 1 tin (approx 400gm)

*Chicken  stock powder x 1 heaped teaspoon

*Sugar x 2 tablespoon’s

*Butter x 2 tablespoon’s (1 for mashing potato and cauliflower, 1 for finishing dish)

*Bread rolls (hamburger buns) x 4, toasted and buttered when dish is completed.

*Optional quick homemade coleslaw (see end of recipe)

*Optional fresh coriander to garnish


-Put potatoes and cauliflower chunks into a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender. Salting the water is optional.  When cooked, drain and then mash with a tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt.  If you have any cream on hand, add a tablespoon (optional, but adds flavour). Set aside cauli-potato mash.

-Boil or steam green peas until tender, set aside.

-In a frying pan, saute both chopped capsicum’s and onion with a pinch of salt until soft. If using any chilli, add to onion mixture when frying.
-To the frying pan, add ginger, garlic, turmeric and curry powder, then saute for a couple of minutes.

-Add tin of tomatoes, cooked peas, chicken stock powder and sugar, bring to a simmer and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.

-Add cauli-potato mash to tomato mixture and combine well, keep on low heat, stirring occasionally while you toast the bread rolls.  I melt butter to make spreading a little easier.

-Serve the Pav Bhaji in toasted buttered buns (like a Sloppy Joe burger), or in a bowl with the buns on the side.  A nice accompaniment to add is homemade coleslaw. 1/8 of a cabbage, finely sliced, mixed with half a large grated carrot and 1 tablespoon of Vegenaise (delicious vegan mayonnaise, or whole egg mayo), and a pinch of salt.  The coleslaw adds some textural crunch to this meal.  I toast my bread rolls with homemade garlic butter and some grated cheese.