An Indian Shepherd’s Pie … ?

There are shepherds in India too, so why not make Indian Shepherd’s Pie, I asked myself … and made it I did, for dinner ~ a vegetarian one too.

With lots of fresh curry leaves available after the 2nd Murraya Koeniggi coppicing task done yesterday, I decided to put some to immediate use.  Pie1Onions, curry leaves & curry paste slowly brought to aromatic sizzling in olive oil. Pie2I used Baba’s curry powder (the spice-blend/ratio meant for meat), one of my favorite brands. This is not an advertisement for them just a product of Malaysia which I have used for many years. Pie4Added all diced vegetables, gently sautéed and then poured in soy milk and coconut cream (if no coconut milk at time of cooking).  Simmered, while mashed potatoes got done in the microwave. Then placed vegetable curry in a casserole, covered with mashed potatoes and Romano cheese crumbs ~ as usual ~ and baked for 30 minutes till it got browned.Pie5It’s actually vegetarian curry with mashed potatoes on the top instead of chunks of potatoes in the dish itself. But we cheated … Pie6We squirted tomato ketchup over it as if it was ‘real’ Shepherd’s Pie.  Oh, it was good!

That’s what happens when East meets West and cuisines merge.  :mrgreen:


4 responses to “An Indian Shepherd’s Pie … ?

  1. Sounds delicious except for the ketchup. Yuck. I do know however that ketchup originally came from SE Asia…Malaysia or Thailand? In a trivia quiz I once gave this answer and it was counted wrong… the correct answer given as China. Do you know who is correct? I believe that ketchup came from “kecap” which means sauce but was transformed into ketchup.

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    • Ketchup comes from kecap which is Indonesian & kicap which is Malay. (These 2 languages are as similar as Dutch & Flemish and the C is pronounced Ch.) The word(s) means Sauce and was brought to the UK when Tomato Sauce got concocted. BUT the Malay word came from a Chinese (Hokien dialect) term “ke-chiap” which is a stinking fish brine *urgh* not my fav which was brought down to SE Asia way before European colonization of the area.


      • That’s what I thought. I make my own Kecap Manis. I think the recipe was from a Pearl Buck recipe book but may have been from one written by a Indonesian grandmother who wrote down the recipes for her children and grandchildren, mixing family stories with the recipes. (The most unusual is a recipe for cooking baby bees.) I love both books. It is so nice to be proven right by one’s friends! Thanks for the vindication! (P.S. I leave all the fish sauce out of my Indonesian dishes and substitute deep fried puffy rice noodles for the shrimp crisps.)

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