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Sunday 29 October 2023

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - PK DUBEY

PK (Parabatlal Kanhaiyalal) Dubey, played by Vijay Raaz was the surprise star of the 2001 film Monsoon Wedding. He is the wedding planner who has been employed to make sure everything goes smoothly. A classic combination of the ridiculous and the sincere, his wooing of the servant girl Alice is a beautiful thing to behold.
For dinner, Zelda would make a combination of Indian plates to dip into.
Serve with chapatis.


Peel 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes and cut into chunks.
Place in a pan of boiling water and cook until soft.
Drain and allow to steam.
Add a handful of grated cheese, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander and 1tsp turmeric.
Mash all together and season.
Serve with some coriander.

Combine in a bowl:
1 large red onion, peeled and sliced very finely
½ cucumber, sliced lengthways and finely chopped. (Discard any bits that are all seeds.)
small handful of mint leaves, chopped
small handful of coriander leaves, chopped
2 small green chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed with a pestle and mortar
1tbsp red wine vinegar
1tbsp lemon juice
1 large tomato, chopped into small pieces
salt and black pepper
Allow to settle overnight and pour off any excess liquid.


Halve 6 large or 12 small tomatoes and remove the seeds.
Place in a food processor with 1tsp grated ginger and 1tsp chopped garlic. Add 100ml hot water and blitz until fairly smooth. 
Peel 400g potatoes and chop into chunks. Place in a pan of boiling water and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes until just starting to soften. Drain and allow to steam.
Peel one onion. Halve and slice each half thinly. 
Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion very gently until soft. 
Deseed 2 green chillies and chop finely. Add to the onion with 2tsp coriander, 2tsp garam masala and 1tsp cumin and cook through.
Pour in the pre-made tomato sauce and the cooked potatoes and combine.
Now add 2tbsp tomato puree and 200ml vegetable stock.
Bring to the boil and simmer gently until you have a dry gravy again and the potatoes are cooked through. 
Serve with some fresh coriander leaves.

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