So lately, I’ve been wondering can cooking for depression really benefit me? I’ve put on a load of weight and I’m generally pretty unhappy but food is soup for the soul- a rich and exotic mix of love and hate. While, I hate the washing up part, I do love the actual cooking part. From the smell of freshly chopped herbs and spices to the sizzling of the onions and the wealth of colour- it truly is a feast for the soul! So with this, I bring you my Beef Rendang recipe. This one is rather cooler than the original as (if you’re anything like me) I hate it too spicy. Don’t worry though- the lack of heat is definitely compensated for with earth ground coriander and warming cardamom among a whole host of other herbs. Enjoy!
½ tsp turmeric
3 cardomom pods, seeds only
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can coconut milk
1 can chickpeas (drained but keep the water for later!)
1 jackfruit (available at most good local supermarkets and most Asian supermarkets but until then….find it at: https://www.realfoods.co.uk/product/34046/organic-young-jackfruit )
Dried chilli flakes (for garnish)
- If you have a blender or food processor add all the spices and onions and blends until the onions are finely chopped.
- If you don’t have a food processor, finely chop the onions and add the spices the mix well in a bowl.
- Cut the jackfruit cores from the flesh and discard. Pull the jackfruit flesh apart until a shredded consistency is achieved. Set aside.
- Using your fingers, press the jackfruit upward to remove the seeds. Don’t worry about getting out every last seed, but try to remove most
- Heat the olive oil in a pan then add the mixture you’ve just blended.
- Cook this mixture until the onions are soft (about 5 mins)
- Once this is cooked, add the jackfruit and coconut milk. As the jackfruit cooks, it should begin to pull apart creating the texture of pulled meat
- Garnish with the appropriate garnishes (chillies in my case eek!)
- Et voila, you have your ‘Beef rendang’
*A quick side note: Jackfruit bought in brint is MUCH better than that bought in syrup. This is because it will contain a much more savoury taste and is generally better to cook with.
Happy Beautiful day everyone,