Dee's Meat-Free Indian Feast

This Meat-Free Indian Feast, Dee's Yellow Split Pea Dal, Dee's Indian Potato and Spinach side and Dee's Celery and Carrot Indian side is the fourth in our series of Dee's Meat Free Mondays Recipes


Using Indian spices these gluten free, vegan recipes can be used to help create some tasty sides for your Indian Feast.

Use these 3 side dishes along with your favourite curry for an indian feast for 6 people.

Dee's Celery and Carrot Indian Side:

Red ChilliesIngredients

  • 6 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • half a teaspoon of tumeric
  • half a teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • quarter tin of coconut milk.


  • Chopping board
  • Peeler
  • Mortar and pestle
  • 1 large pot
  • Bowl
  • Sharp knife


  1. Peel and chop vegetables
  2. Heat oil in pan
  3. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves and wait for them to pop
  4. Add onions and chilli and fry for a few minutes
  5. Add celery and carrots and continue to fry
  6. Crush garlic and tumeric together in the mortar and pestle and add to the pan
  7. Add coconut milk and simmer for 20 mins.

Dees Indian MealDee's Potato and Spinach Indian Side:


  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 inch piece chopped ginger
  • 7 medium potatoes, diced and par-boiled
  • A handful of spinach (this can be frozen (6 pieces approx) but defrost before use)


  • Chopping board
  • Peeler
  • 2 pots
  • Sharp knife


  1. Par Boil the potatoes
  2. Heat oil in pan
  3. Add onions, garlic, ginger and chilli and fry for a few minutes
  4. Add in parbolied potatoes, spices and spinach
  5. Stir, cover and cook on a low head for 15 mins.

Dee's Yellow Split Pea Dal:

dees Vegetable CurryIngredients

  • 300g yellow split peas
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ltr water
  • 1 tbsp oil


  • Chopping board
  • Weighing Scales
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 pan
  • Sharp knife


  1. Weight your split peas, rinse and boil in 1ltr of water
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until soft, approx 30 – 40 mins. Once soft, drain if you have excess water
  3. Heat oil in pan
  4. Add spices and fry for a minute
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and heat through
  6. Add the spice mix to the lentils and leave on a low heat for approx 5 mins.

Serve with basmati rice and Jalfrezi, Dee recommends Green Saffron Jalfrezi Spice mix added to a tomato based dish.

More recipes are available on Dee's Blog and on Dee's Meat Free Mondays

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