Inspired by… Coconut Curry

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In my Las Iguanas eating out review I raved about how delicious their coconut curry dish was, and I have to say I have recently become a little obsessed with coconut (I’m not only talking food but shower gels and perfumes). And so it wasn’t going to be long before I made my own inspired coconut curry.

The Ingredients (for three portions):

cocnut curry ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A large handful of washed and boiled kale
  • Three chopped chestnut mushrooms (or any type of mushroom)
  • Large handful of chopped green beans
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • A handful of chopped carrots (I used Chardonnay)
  • A handful of garden peas (frozen)
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • Half a cup of cooked red split lentils
  • A dash of Turmeric
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Half a can of coconut milk
  • Thai curry paste
  • A large spoonful of Greek yoghurt

Serving suggestion: Whole grain basmati rice

Pretty simple really, chop up the vegetables and then sautee  in a large pan in olive oil with the turmeric and curry paste. Then throw in the already washed, cooked and drained kale:

curry veg in panNext pour in the chopped tomatoes and the coconut milk and stir in. I also added in the peas at this point. Then add the lentils and then leave to simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes or so to thicken. Add the greek yoghurt during the simmering time and also prepare the rice:

Simmering away and making my kitchen smell oh so delicious:

curry in panAnd then ready to serve:

coconut curryTasty! And I love having leftovers, curry tastes even better the next day.

 

Eating Out Options: Las Iguanas

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Yesterday I had a lovely day out with my parents after their return from holiday and before my return to University for the next few weeks (of final year stress). As the day of shopping and bargains came to a close we had a drive around in the hunt of somewhere nice to eat and of course at this point I become the problem. Is there anything on the menu I could eat? Likely not when the restaurant in question is Italian or a steak/ grill house. So we were going to stick with the safe bet of Wagamama but since that was the last place we had a meal out at we headed to Las Iguanas with me hoping my body would be strong enough to consume some wheat.

However, upon entering I was pleasantly surprised because not only do they have both vegetarian and wheat free alternatives (wheat free labelled as gluten free) they also had separate menus for people with special dietary requirements so that you didn’t need to search through all the food you have no intention of ordering in order to find what you want. They don’t have this menu online but here is the full menu with all the choices listed. Though, I will say that if you are both gluten free and vegetarian the choice is far more restrictive than if you are one or the other. I also wouldn’t recommend Las Iguanas if you suffer from a nut allergy (especially if you are also vegetarian/ gluten free)

So let’s start with the food, I ordered the gluten free and vegetarian ‘Bahia Moqueca’ (and ended up pointing at the menu after failing miserably trying to pronounce it) which is basically a coconut based Brazilian curry with squash, palm hearts and spinach and tasted like heaven! The gluten free alternative merely omitted the plantain which I probably could have ate since the issue was gluten and not wheat, however since my body had been feeling sensitive that day I decided to be safe. My parents laughed as I took out my phone and began photographing my meal but here it is:

There was a bowl of salsa dip which went perfectly with the salad (‘Ensalada mix’) which we ordered as a side, and a bowl of shredded coconut to sprinkle on the curry and a portion of garlic rice. The curry was served in a terracotta bowl over a lit candle, and the portions were unexpectedly very large.

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Yumm! I really can’t give the taste justice, honestly if you like coconut at all you will adore this. The vegetables were cooked to perfection and I would most definitely order this dish again. It’s just great to be able to eat out without any worries of feeling dreadful the next day and yet still try something a bit different.

For those non-vegetarians out there my dad ordered ‘The Extradinary XinXim’ and really enjoyed it, a curry like mine but with chicken pieces and a peanut sauce and my mum went with the ‘Chilli con Carne’ and also equally enjoyed her food. We were all feeling very much satisfied. The service was excellent, the wait for food was short and the value for money was superb.

The cocktails menu also looked appealing and next time I decide to go I think I would definitely indulge in an alcohol beverage. Also to note the lunch menu, which has cheaper prices, lasts until far past lunch, I believe it ended at 6:30pm. And if you fancy trying more than one dish there is always the Tapas on the menu to share. There was also a good choice of desserts, though we were far too full to eat any more, three of the desserts on the menu were gluten/ wheat free so good news all round.

Overall I would definitely recommend Las Iguanas if you are looking for somewhere new to eat out.