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Curry Accompaniments with Desi Gourmet | Recipes

December 13, 2016

It’s no secret that Mr W and I love a curry. He’d happily spend an entire day in the kitchen making one for us, but sometimes we don’t have that time. That’s where Desi Gourmet come to the rescue.

Desi Gourmet make quick and easy curry kits. You might think they might be like some of those curry kits in the supermarkert packed with sugar and salt. But the good news is they actually work with Diabetes Trust to keep the sugar and preservatives down in their kits. They are also gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, perfect!

We got three Desi Gourmet kits to try, the BarburchiSaag and Rogan Josh. Overall I was really impressed with how easy they were to make. So I wanted to make sure I was going to serve them with something as equally as simple, but healthy too.

I love pilau rice, but frying rice isn’t necessarily the healthiest of things. So my Pistachio Rice involves cooking the onion in the stock with the rice and tumeric. My Spiced Sweet Potato is a twist on Bombay Potatoes, but I used far less oil than normal when I fried them.

Pistachio Rice

Servings 4
Author MissPond


  • 1 Red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 200 g Wild and basmati rice
  • 400 ml Vegetable stock
  • 50 g Pistachios chopped up (I used my spice blender)
  • Ground peppers to season


  1. Put the onion, tumeric and rice in a non stick pan, heat on medium until fragrant.
  2. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
  3. Cover and cook for 15 mins until the rice is tender.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir through the pistachios and some freshly ground pepper before serving.

The recipe kits are based on traditional recipes and are aimed to make life easy. With a little bit of prep they can be on the table in 30 minutes or so. Once the main bit of the kit is done it actually gives you time to prepare your side without too much to worry about! Always good.

Spiced Sweet Potato

Servings 4
Author MissPond


  • 4 Sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes


  1. Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes, then drain and leave to steam dry in a colander for few minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in non-stick frying pan.
  3. Mix the spices in a small bowl with a little bit of water to make a paste.
  4. Put the spices in the warm oil and stir until fragrant.
  5. Add the potatoes into the frying pan and stir on the heat for 10 minutes. Make sure to flip over every couple of minutes so they don't burn.
  6. Stand to one side to cool for a bit before serving.

Desi Gourmet Spiced Sweet Potatoes

What’s your go to accompaniment for curry? Would you give the Desi Gourmet kits a go? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I received the Desi Gourmet Kits. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.


  • Reply Erica Price December 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I am with you on sometimes taking a short cut on cooking a curry. There are days when you need a quicker solution and this looks ideal.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Yup, it makes those mid-week meals easy but still packs a lot of flavour 🙂

  • Reply amy lyons December 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    your food posts always leave me drooling! the rice looks spectacular! xx

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I can assure you it tastes pretty good too 🙂

  • Reply Oliver December 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Great post and recipe, Emma! Try out Bundobust in Piccadilly next time you’re in Manchester! I went to their launch night last night and the food was amazing… all vegetarian too. 😀

    Oliver x

    • Reply MissPond December 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I LOVE Bundobust, am a huge fan already- I have friends in Leeds, which is where they started out. Glad I’ll be able to get my fix in Manchester 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Irving | Susty Meals December 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    My go to accompaniment for curries is generally some homemade chutney, some roti or some paratha with some freshly steamed rice. I do like the sound of your Pistachio rice though.

    I make my own spice blends, masala and tempering so I don’t think I would really try the ready made stuff. They do sound like a great idea for anyone who doesn’t want the faff of making from scratch or for someone starting out 🙂 I like that they work with the Diabetes Trust too.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Mmm homemade chutney sounds great 🙂 I wish I had time for a from scratch curry mid-week. I tend to do asian curries more mid week (thai etc) but this is a good alternative and a lot healthier than anything from a jar (I banned jars of sauces/etc in my house over two years ago now!)

  • Reply Rachel December 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This sounds like an absolute dream and I do love the sound of pistachio rice x

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      The pistachio rice was so tasty, I am converted 🙂

  • Reply Jenny December 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

    These sound so nice. I always pick the same old jar of curry sauce but I know they are full of sugar and nasties. Might have to try this range out.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Give it a go! It definitely was a lot healthier than most 🙂

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