When someone tells me that I can cook a tasty meal and have it on the table within 30 minutes, it makes my heart sing. So, it’s no surprise that I’m a fully fledged member of the Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals brigade.
While the book isn’t home to an abundance of vegetarian meals, Mr Oliver’s vegetable Rogan Josh is one of them. It’s also one meal the vegetable hating toddler actually likes, despite the presence of cauliflower, spinach and butternut squash.
With just the husband, the toddler and myself for dinner, I ditch the suggested carrot salad and lemon pickle and focus on the curry. The most labour intensive part of the whole recipe is the prepping of the veg. Once that’s done and popped in the pot with the rest of the ingredients it pretty much looks after itself for 30 minutes.
Having always been a bit hit and miss with cooking rice – especially when I made the swap from easy cook to basmati many moons ago – but since I’ve been making it the Jamie way, I’ve had perfect rice every time: one cup of rice, two cups of water, boil with the lid on for 7 minutes, take off the heat and leave the rice to continue cooking with the lid on for another 7 minutes. Easy.
Thirty minutes or so after starting I served the curry with rice, poppadoms, chapattis and a sprinkle of coriander (as it made the picture look nicer…).
The verdict from the toddler: ‘Mummy, that was yummy.’ I’m not sure how accurate that ‘yummy’ was though as I was bribing him with extra poppadoms.