Lajina Masala shares a simple curried vegetable side dish that is easy to make and delicious to eat.


Heat the oil in a big pan, and fry the ginger and garlic over medium heat for 5 mins, adding splashes of water to stop them from burning. Add the spices, turmeric, salt, and tomato puree and cook for another 5 mins, again with splashes of water to form a paste (keep an eye on the mixture to make sure it does not stick – if it dries out, add a splash of water).

Add the raw cauliflower, broccoli and nuts or coconut, and simmer for a further 8 mins until the vegetables are tender – you may need to add another splash of water, just not too much as you don’t want the veg to turn to mush.

Finish with fresh coriander and fresh lemon juice, and check the seasoning, adding more salt & pepper if needed. You may like to finish with a small knob of butter too, and maybe a sprinkle of garam masala.

Kids in the Kitchen

Show the kids how to carefully add the veg to the pan, and have them assemble and finish the dish by squeezing lemon juice over, chopping fresh coriander carefully with scissors and scattering over the curry, and sprinkling with garam masala.