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I rarely cook with leek, not sure why, but I am not really a fan of the vegetable usually. But there was this dish my mom used to make with help of a package that was really good. It had leek in curry sauce and vegetarian minced meat and then pieces of potato on top. Recently I saw a recipe in a magazine that seemed very similar, so I gave it a try. I really liked the sauce, but the rösti on top didn’t quite work for me and the dish has a bit too fluids. I decided to make a twist on it, make the sauce, but instead of putting it with potatoes in the oven and then eggs and creme fraiche on top of it, I just added some rice. And it turned out great. So I decided to share the recipe with you today. The curry sauce has such a good flavor you almost don’t even notice it has leek in it, but it does add to the dish. And as you probably know by now, I love curry sauces. The rice was a great addition to the sauce and I like this variation much more than the oven version, but I’ll also include the oven version for those who want to give that a try.
This recipe is loosely based on Jumbo their Rösti-preischotel met Quorn gehakt recipe. It’s a dutch recipe.
- Leek – 3
- Red Bell pepper – 3
- Garlic – 5 cloves
- Vegetarian minced meat – 2 packages/ 350 gram
- Low salt bouillon cube – 2
- Curry powder – 4 teaspoon
- Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
- Mustard seed powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt – to taste
- Cornstarch – 4 teaspoon
- Water – about 1 liter/ 4 cups
This approximately is enough for 4 people. I recommend to serve the sauce with rice.
- First cut the garlic in small pieces or use a garlic press. Put the garlic in a wok with some olive oil, but don’t bake it yet. Then slice and dice the red bell peppers into small pieces. Heat the oil and bake the garlic for a minute, then add the red bell pepper and bake for a few more minutes.
- Add about half a liter or 2 cups water to the wok with two bouillon cubes and let it boil softly. In the meantime slice the leeks. Slice the bottom of the leek then make two slices along the length of the leek so each cut makes four pieces. Repeat until all three leeks are cut. Put the leek into a colander and wash well.
- Now combine the curry, cumin, masala and mustard seeds and add it to the wok. Add a bit more water and then add the leek. Let it boil for about 5 minutes.
- If serving with rice start cooking the rice now. Have the sauce boil for another 10 minutes. In the meantime add the vegetarian minced meat and stir well. Once the ten minutes are almost over mix the cornstarch with some water. Add it to the sauce and stir well.
- Now you can eat your sauce, serve it with rice, potatoes, flat bread or tortilla wraps.
- Leek casserole with potato. Instead of a sauce you can also make it a casserole. While you’re making the sauce, peel some potatoes and boil them for 10 minutes. After that pour the sauce in an ovenproof bowl and put the potatoes on top of it. Then mix 2 eggs with 200 gram creme fraiche or cream cheese (you can add another egg or some milk if necessary), add a bit of curry and salt and pour that over the dish. Then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Leek casserole with Rösti. Instead of a sauce you can also make it a casserole with rösti on top. While you’re making the sauce, peel some potatoes, then grate them. After that pour the sauce in an ovenproof bowl and put the potatoes on top of it. Then mix 2 eggs with 200 gram creme fraiche or cream cheese(you can add another egg or some milk if necessary), add a bit of curry and salt and pour that over the dish. Then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Leek in curry sauce with minced meat. Ofcourse you can substitute the vegetarian minced meat with real meat. In that case you might have to bake it first before adding it to the sauce. or bake it first and then add the veggies.
I’ve never eaten leeks. They are kind of like onion right? Minced meat is what we call ground beef in America right? We actually eat a meal in my house that is ground beef, green pepper, onions, rice and gravy. No curry though. Actually had this for dinner tonight. I enjoy reading your cooking articles. So many things that I have never tried 😊
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Yes I think so, they are sort of like onion, but different. I have no idea what you call it, I thought minced meat was the right translation, but not 100% sure.
That dish you mentioned seems pretty similar to this dish, only this has curry spices added. I am glad to hear you enjoy my cooking posts 🙂
I’ve only had pre-packaged foods with leek in them but never cooked with it myself. This does sound tasty. Neat how you tried something new with the original recipe and it turned out great. I’ll have to try this because I love putting sauces over rice.
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I should try and sue leek more often, not sure why, but I rarely eat it. I also like sauces over rice, so it’s nice to have a new dish with that theme.
The original recipe, wasn’t 100% to my taste, but with a few changes it turned out great.
The only time I’ve ever had Leek was in a couple of Chinese dishes. If we order Chinese food, sometimes their will be Leeks in the vegetable dishes. Glad you found another dish you liked.
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I might have eaten it a few times that way as well and just not noticed the leek.
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Your recipe posts always make me want to try the food! I’ve never had leek that I know of (although I noticed Mary said it’s in Chinese food sometimes, so maybe I have had it and didn’t know lol), but I’d give it a try since I like most veggies. What’s it taste like?
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You might not notice it if it’s part of another dish, so I might have eaten leek a few times like that as well. But I rarely buy it and cook with it. But this sauce is really good. I am not quite sure how to describe it’s taste. I think it’s sort of like onion, but different?
I like leek and I use it as an accent in other things. I like it especially in pea soup. It goes really well with the hearty peas. 🙂
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I don’t use leek often, but this dish makes me want to try and use it more often. I can see how it work well as an accent in other dishes.
I don’t think I like pea soup though. I do buy a prepackaged version of it sometimes for my boyfriend.
I love leeks! I do them either in soup or I have one dish that’s pasta and leeks and it’s SO good!
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Oh that sounds pretty good! I do like leeks in this dish, so I am willing to give them a try in other dishes, I just never know to what dish to add them.