Steamed Vegetable Balti
Adding to our growing list of Asian steamer recipes here on Home of the Houseproud, this week we’re bringing you a tasty, healthy Steamed Vegetable Balti.
It’s full of chunky vegetables like Butternut Squash, Carrots and Celery and has a nice little kick for all you spice fans. While steaming isn’t the typical method of cooking curry, it’s much healthier than frying or cooking in a traditional Balti pot. Why not give it a try in your Intellisteam.
500g (1lb 2oz) butternut squash, cut into chunks
1 large carrot, sliced
2 celery sticks, sliced
½ tsp cumin seeds
100g (4oz) fine green beans, sliced
100g baby corn, halved
1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
300g (10oz) basmati rice
2 tsp vegetable stock powder
1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tbsp balti curry paste
2 tbsp tomato puree
250ml (9fl oz) vegetable stock
Chopped fresh coriander, to garnish
- Position divider wall in front container. Mix together the butternut squash, carrot and celery. Add the cumin seeds, season with a little salt and black pepper, then tip into one of the front compartments.
- Position the rice tray in the back container. Add the rice and 450ml (3/4 pint) of cold water. Spoon in the stock powder, then add the chickpeas, stirring to mix.
- Mix together the green beans, baby corn and peppers and tip them into the remaining front compartment, levelling them evenly. Position the sauce tray on top and add the curry paste, tomato puree and stock. Stir to mix.
- Set the time for the rice (42 mins). Set the time for the butternut squash mixture using the pre-set for root vegetables (35 mins). For the remaining vegetables and sauce, set the time using the pre-set for sauce (30 mins), then adjust to 10 mins.
- Share the rice and chickpeas between 4 warmed bowls. Tip all the vegetables into a large bowl and add the sauce, tossing to mix. Serve, sprinkled with coriander.
We’ve thrown a number of products into the mix for our innovators this month, including steamers, irons, ironing boards and milk frothers. Rosie Scribble has been cooking up some delicious, healthy meals with her new Intellisteam steamer.
With its intelligent timer, it ensures that all your steamed ingredients are perfectly cooked and that that the whole meal is ready to serve at precisely the same time, too. Don’t take our word for it through, read Rosie’s review below or click here to be transported to the orginal post on her blog.
Why food steamers really aren’t boring at all
Anything that means I have to spend less time cooking is always going to be a winner in our house. So the Intellisteam Food Steamer from Morphy Richards, for me, is perfect. All I have to do is prepare the ingredients, programme the steamer, and walk away.
The steamer takes care of the rest. Its intelligent timer ensures that all steamed ingredients are perfectly cooked and that the whole meal is ready to serve at the same time. It cooks anything from meats to crunchy vegetables, dry noodles and sauces and comes with an instruction booklet that it easy to understand.
It’s straight-forward to use and easy to clean and it saves me an average of half an hour a day. Which all adds up to an extra three and a half hours a week that would otherwise have been spent over a hot stove.
So what would you do with that extra time?
Visitors to my home would be quick to point out that blogging seems to have taken the place of housework to an unacceptably large extent, so it would make sense to use my extra time wisely. I have done exactly that and have careful thought have decided to take up Zumba.
Others might opt for an extreme sport or any number of adrenaline-fuelled activities.
Some might consider the steamer a little boring but just think of the extra time it gives you in your week and where this could lead. And it also cooks healthy food. Double win in my book.
Full product details and lots of sensible information about product features and benefits are available on the Morphy Richards website along with a number of useful recipes.
The 48780 Intellisteam Food Steamer from Morphy Richards costs £99.99. I received it free of charge to review as part of the House Proud Innovators’ Scheme. I won’t part with it for anything or anyone so don’t even ask.
Here at Morphy Richards, we’re looking forward to the weekend – the sun is shining and we get to eat a load of chocolate. However, we’re not forgetting the importance of Good Friday (and the weekend as a whole), the day when one is not supposed to eat red meat, but eat fish and other foods.
To help you prepare to mark Good Friday, we’re going to be bringing you a couple of fish-based recipes this week. The first of which is a delicious steamed recipe – Steamed Halibut with Lemon and Thyme Dressing (this recipe is taken from our bank of Intellisteam recipes).
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
4 x 125g (5oz) halibut fillets, skinned (or use Pacific cod)
15g (1 /2oz) butter
4x small thyme sprigs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
750g (1lb 11oz) small new potatoes
2x leeks, thinly sliced
1x large carrot, sliced into fine strips
150g (6oz) fine green beans, trimmed and halved
50g (2oz) butter
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1x tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- Arrange fish fillets in the back container. Place a small knob of butter on top of each one and arrange thyme sprigs on top. Season with a little salt and pepper.
- Position the divider wall in the front container. Put potatoes into one compartment. Mix vegetables together and put in the remaining compartment.
- For the sauce, put butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and thyme leaves into the rice tray and position above the fish
- Set time for the fish and sauce using the fish pre-set (20 mins). Set time for the potatoes using the root vegetables pre-set (35 mins). Set time for the vegetables using the leaf and pod vegetables pre-set (15 mins)
- If you prefer crunchier vegetables, adjust the pre-set time
- Fish can be wrapped and cooked in cooking foil to retain juices and prevent surface protein
As we’re nice people here at ‘Home of the House Proud’, we’re giving you the chance to pick up the Morphy Richards Intellisteam for £64.99, reduced from £99.99 (this also includes free delivery).
And what’s more, we’ve also got one of the machines to giveaway to one of our lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning the Intellisteam, simply answer the question below in the comments box*:
How many days does lent last for?
Good luck and we hope everybody has a very enjoyable Easter weekend!
* The competition will close at 12pm on Tuesday 26th April 2011. A winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received.