Fruity Curry 


  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 onions or 6-10 shallots, finely chopped
  • about 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp curry powder (any kind you like)
  • 1 tsp water
  • about 2 cupful vegetables: green beans, peppers, carrots, sweetcorn, peas, cauliflower, even salad leaves, ready-cooked chickpeas/lentils/beans
  • 4-8 bananas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • salt, to taste


    1. Make a paste with the curry powder and water. Set aside.
    2. Heat the oil in a big saucepan.
    3. Add garlic, onions/shallots and ginger. Fry till fragrant and onions/shallots are translucent.
    4. Add curry paste and mix well. Fry till the paste is fragrant and just starting to burn.
    5. Quickly add vegetables and stir. This will stop the paste from burning.
    6. Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan. Cover and let the vegetables cook/soften.
    7. Peel bananas and slice directly into the pan.
    8. Add coconut milk and stir to mix well. Add water if desired.
    9. Add salt to taste.

    Note: The quantities of each ingredient listed is not exact because you can make up a curry according to what you have on hand, and how you like it! This recipe gives you the basic principals of making a simple curry with very basic ingredients. Steps 1-4 are what you need to start a good South-East Asian-style curry. What vegetables you put in is up to you!

    Bread Upma


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • good pinch of brown mustard seeds
  • 1-3 onions, chopped
  • 1-2 peppers, chopped
  • 2-6 tomatoes, chopped or canned tomatoes
  • stale bread, cubed (from 1cm cubes to 1inch cubes)
  • salt, optional

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan.
    2. Add mustard seeds. This will burn very quickly so beware!
    3. Add onions and fry till onions are translucent.
    4. Add peppers, tomatoes (you may leave either out too) and fry till they are soft.
    5. Add bread cubes and stir to coat. If you like it dryer, add more bread. If more moist, add less. This is ready to be served.
    6. If you like this crunchy, spread the Bread Upma onto a baking tray and leave in a hot oven till the top is crunchy.

    Serve any curry with the Bread Upma (instead of rice). Delicious!