Naga Curry

Guest recipe post by Michael Caleigh

I am a big fan of spicy food and always find that dishes are not spicy enough for me.

I went to a local Indian restaurant and asked what they could make for me and they suggested a Naga Curry. I was delighted and thought to myself where this delicious dish had been all my life.

My next challenge was to find a recipe online that resembled to the dish I had eaten and found the following recipe. I changed a few things as the one I had eaten was without cilantro and had no scotch bonnet.

INGREDIENTS for 2 people

1) 1/2 kg of preferred precooked vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, etc.)

2) 1 medium red onion thinly sliced

3) 4 garlic cloves peeled

4) 2″ piece of cinnamon bark

5) 12 naga chilies

6) 1 tbsp of cumin seeds

7) 1 tbsp of malt vinegar

8) 1 tsp sea salt

9) 1 tsp black pepper seeds

10) 1/2 tbsp of coriander seeds

11) 1 tsp turmeric powder

12) 1 tsp methi powder

13) 1 tsp paprika

14) 1 tsp garam masala (added at end of cooking)

15) 1″ of fresh green ginger

16) 1 tbsp of a good hot curry powder

17) 1tbsp cayenne pepper

18) 3 tbsp of vegetable oil

19) 3 cardamom pods

20) 3 cloves

21) 2 tsp mango chutney

22) 1 bay leaf

23) 1tsp mustard seeds

24) 2 tsp tomato puree

25) 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Dry fry cumin seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, black pepper seeds, cinnamon bark, seeds from cardamom pods and mustard seeds. Heat 2-3 minutes until seeds begin to pop.

Allow to cool and grind to a fine powder.

Put garlic cloves,naga chilies,green ginger and a 1 tbsp of water into a blender and grind to a paste,add malt vinegar.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large solid pan and fry onions till soft, add paste and tomato puree stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

Add curry powder,cayenne pepper,turmeric,paprika, methi, and rest of oil and a little water if needed and stir fry for 2-3 minutes

Add chopped tomatoes,salt ( mango chutney if using ) bay leaf and bring sauce to the boil,then reduce heat to a gentle simmer and put on a lid, Stir curry sauce occasionally to prevent sticking.

Cook till oil start to separate from sauce.

Once sauce is cooked add cooked vegetables and cook for a further 2-3 minutes till heated through. Sprinkle on garam masala and stir into sauce.

Serve with rice and/or naan.

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Vegan Soups

Last update 29/08/2017

Do please read labels to double check as ingredients and recipes change.

Ever wondered what canned soups and ready meals there are available. This article aims to help with this question and cup a soup style too! As usual, this is a working document, please send in suggestions/additions.

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Aldi now have a vegan list, see this article for the latest one.


These are the vegan ones.







Baxters do not label their soups as vegan, quote ‘Unfortunately due to various changes within the production process, Baxters cannot guarantee the requirements to make a vegan claim on the label at this time.’. The following have been identified from their dietary list, though do check the labels! The ones beneath appear vegan despite not appearing on the dietary list, though again check the labels – they use honey a lot so be on the look out

Vegetarian Range:

  • Carrot & Butterbean
  • Mediterranean Tomato

Deli Inspired Deli Bowls:

  • Sweet Potato & Chana Dahl Lentils



Sold in Home Bargains


Chilled – chunky vegetable, Tomato and lentil,

Vegetable Medley Soup (limited edition) and Tomato and Basil.

Non chilled – Broth and soup mix



Vegan List Feb 2016

Tomato, Cannellini and Kale

Skinny Tomato and Vegetables with Laird Lentils

Skinny Minestrone

Slow Roast Tomato

Vegetable and Soupergrain

Also vegan is their Wild Garlic and Herbs Paste Souper Booster (the other Souper Boosters contain honey and/or fish).

The company has confirmed the reason the new ‘Thai Style Broccoli and Ginger’ is not listed as suitable for vegans is that the mirin ingredient is filtered with either isinglass or fish gelatin.


I haven’t checked these out yet. But this hearty vegetable soup looks vegan.







Soups and Ready Meals



Meal and skinny soups, labelled if vegan. Sometimes they have limited edition ones too. Up to date list here

GLORIOUS! Brazilian Super Grain Super SoupGLORIOUS! Indian Super Spinach & Chickpea Super Green Soup
GLORIOUS! Vietnamese Super Green SoupGLORIOUS soups SkinnyLicious Singapore Crushed Tomato Soup
GLORIOUS soups SkinnyLicious Fragrant Thai Carrot SoupGLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Bangalore Lentil Daal Soup


HEINZ (from 1st April 2014 list)

Farmers Market 3 bean and red pepper

Big Soup Chunky Vegetable

Squeeze and stir Mediterranean vegetable soup

lentil soup

spring vegetable

vegetable soup

winter vegetable broth

tomato and butterbeans

reduced salt vegetable soups

weight watchers carrot and lentil

weight watchers country vegetable soup

weight watchers hearty vegetable broth soup

weight watchers Mexican spicy bean soup

weight watchers Tuscan minestrone

weight watchers Mediterranean vegetable soup

also French onion looks to be vegan.


(on the right)









Found this chickpea dahl in home bargains.


Soups (info taken from there vegan list)

Tomato and Basil, Vietnamese Style Vegetable Noodle, Taka Dhal, Vegetable and 3 bean, Winter Vegetable, Carrot and Coriander, Spicy red lentil and tomato, Super Bean, lentil and barley, Super beetroot, Super green and Tomato, borlotti bean and kale.


These canned meals are sold in Home Bargains






Quite a few of there soups are vegan.

Tomato, Cannellini and Kale

Skinny Tomato and Vegetables with Laird Lentils

Skinny Minestrone

Slow Roast Tomato

Vegetable and Soupergrain

Also vegan is their Wild Garlic and Herbs Paste Souper Booster (the other Souper Boosters contain honey and/or fish).

The company has confirmed the reason the new ‘Thai Style Broccoli and Ginger’ is not listed as suitable for vegans is that the mirin ingredient is filtered with either isinglass or fish gelatine.



For official vegan list see this post

Sainsburys are great at labelling their own brand products. The following are the most recent vegan options from their vegan list (Feb 2017).

Fresh/Chilled Soups (600g)

  • Tomato & Basil
  • Lentil & Red Pepper
  • Minestrone
  • Lentil Dahl Soup
  • Chunky Vegetable
  • Thai Pea & Mint

Tinned Soups

  • Be Good To Yourself – Tomato & Three Bean
  • Be Good To Yourself -Tomato & Spicy Lentil Soup
  • Be Good To Yourself – Chickpea & Spinach soup
  • Spring Vegetable
  • Basics Vegetable Soup
  • Vegetable Chunky
  • vegetable soup
  • tomato, red pepper & lentil soup
  • Freefrom Tomato & Basil Soup

Cup Soups (dried)

  • Minestrone
  • Be Good to Yourself Tomato & Basil
  • Moroccan style







not a soup, but would make a good base for a soup!

Not actually sure if Soon is the brand. Found in Morrisons


Found in Ocado, also have a range of ready meals. Vegan and oil free!



All there soups are vegan. You can find them in Holland and Barrett, Waitrose and Ocado. Visit Soupologie to view flavours.



Suma Organic Vegan Soups Barley and Bean, Lentil and Courgette, Italian Tomato and Basil, Tuscan Bean, Minestrone, Leek and Potato, Carrot and Coriender, Pea, Spicy Lentil, Tomato and Red Peper, Thick Vegetable, Tomato.


Fresh Soups – Spiced spin lentil, Chilli bean, Mexican bean corn, Beetroot and balsamic, Vine ripened tomato and lentil, Lentil, bean and barley, Minestrone, Pinto and bkt pot, Tomato and basil,.

Ready to Serve – Oaktree estate vegetable, Healthy living lentil and vegetable, value vegetable, vegetable.

Cup a Soup – Healthy living lentil and bacon flavour, Minestrone with croutons, Sweet and spicy noodle.

Info taken from the Tesco vegan list. Others that may be vegan include Jambalaya and Finest Chargrilled vegetable.



Soups and Meals



Found in Ocado


Canned – Parsnip and ginger, Tomato and rosemary, Chunky minestrone, Parsnip and orchard apple, Moroccan vegetable tagine, Chunky Tuscan, Tomato and basil, Organic red pepper and Mediterranean vegetable.

Fresh – Tomato and fresh basil, vegetable pho soup with rice noodles and pak choi, red lentil and chilli, Italian bean, Chargrilled Mediterranean vegetable, Tomato, red pepper and chipotle chilli, Vegetable and lentil. Taken from there vegan list. 


Found in World Food aisles

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Pad Prik Khing Beans

Guest recipe post by Michael Caleigh

I found a recipe on a website called Vegan Richa and decided to make my own dish similar to this. I love spicy food and decided to add a bit of my favourite heat to this dish.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Green Beans, chopped
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions or shallots
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste (homemade)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 4 red thai chilis or 1 carolina reaper as I did
  • 3 tbsp water or veggie broth
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • cayenne to taste
What to do next:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the green beans for 2 minutes, drain and keep on a plate
  2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium low heat. Add garlic, and green onion and cook until soft.
  3. Add the red curry paste and mix and cook until the smell fills your kitchen.
  4. Add the soy sauce, lemon,  water, sugar, cayenne and mix well. Increase heat.
  5. Add the green beans and toss to coat. Cover and cook until tender to preference.

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Plate and eat with rice or noodles.

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Vegan Sandwich fillings

Article published Aug 2017

What to put in a sandwich if your vegan? – that is the question!!! Or on toast or on top of a baked spud!!


Can be bought in jars in oil and make a great addition to a sandwich. These can be added to salad or hummus or used to make a spread. Bargain shops like Home Bargains and Lidl also have these cheaper than supermarkets.


with roasted peppers

with pesto and tomato

mashed with salad


BABA GANOUSH (aubergine dip)

with picked beetroot or roast peppers


Great hot in a sandwich!



with chocolate, chocolate spread, melted chocolate, soft brown sugar, dates,chopped nuts, dried fruit, nut or seed butter, jam, grated apple, cinnamon, pie filling.


BEETROOT – raw, cooked or picked.

Sliced beetroot with thinly sliced onion, tomato and salad cream. Yum!



Use vegan bacon and add lettuce, tomatoes and salad cream.


CHEESE – there is so many vegan cheeses (blocks, slices and grated) these days that we have a dedicated blog post on it. Cheezly and Sheese also been around for years with about 9 flavours each and Sheese makes the Tesco and Sainsbury’s own brand free from cheese. Now there is many new vegan cheese companies although usually only available through online stores or health food stores. Violife seem to be the only one widely available in Supermarkets. So vegan cheese with all the usual combinations really – easy!

Sundried tomato paste and vegan cheese


Vegan cream cheese comes in several flavours from brands such as sheese, Violife  Tesco or Sainsbury’s free from or Tofutti or other small independent companies. See dedicated post.

Cream cheese and strawberry jam

Cream cheese with dried fruit and sunflower seeds

Cream cheese with pickle

Plain cream cheese with yeast extract



Ready made or a recipe served with salad.



Mash and mix with herbs or spices or salad cream and serve with salad. Hundreds of variations and cheap too.



with raisins, banana, chopped nuts or all- see our dedicated article for more info



Some dips are great for sandwiches, others are a little runny, but still good to add a bit spread within a sandwich for flavour.

If you see a dip recipe that you might fancy as a spread don’t be scared of thickening it with breadcrumbs or beans to make it into a spread or add less liquid then the recipe says instead and it might work.

I made a Pea and mint dip into a spread last week. I don’t have the recipe I based it on know as it was out of a library book, but basically as far as I remember it was pouring boiling water over frozen garden peas in a colander and then whizzing them with mint and water. I then added some breadcrumbs to thicken and left in the fridge to firm up. Odd, but tasty!

FALAFELS are available from all major supermarkets. Branded and supermarket brands. They can be bought fresh or frozen, some ready to eat, others to warm or cook. Also packet mixes from supermarkets and health food stores.





GUACOMOLE – yes really a dip, but ideal for a sandwich with lots of extra’s. Just watch out for milk in most brands. Low fat brands are sometimes accidentally vegan.



Canned or in the fridge usually. Serve with salad and pickle! Available from health food stores, supermarkets and M & S.


HUMMUS/HOUMOUS – whichever way you spell it! it is available from every supermarket, most health food store and often even corner shops these days. Plain or lots of very different flavours including ones made with different beans. Just watch out for honey and lemon rind that may be treated with shellac. Here is a few to see the variety, this is not all of them.

Hummus with roasted red peppers or pickled beetroot, avocado, guerkins, picked or fresh cabbage, salad, grated carrots, beansprouts, salsa, or olives. So many additions to add to your hummus buttie!

Also Tesco do a Broad Bean, Asparagus & Mint hummus which makes a change from traditional chickpea based ones.



A spread made from Lotus biscuits, very sweet and you would use as you would use jam basically. Great if combined with chocolate spread, bananas, raisins or other sweet foods.



Suggestion: Vegan mayo, walnuts and sultanas or salad cream and crisps!! No one said this had to be a healthy article!!



Not something I would usually use in a sandwich, but I like this recipe. Carrot, Millet and Almond Sandwich recipe



Nutolene (canned)

Mocked duck (canned)

Redwoods vegideli – duck, chicken style pieces, beef, falafels, sage & marjoram ready to eat sausages, ready to eat pork style sausages.



Fried mushrooms with onion and garlic or homemade mushroom pate, or tartex or granovita brands.


NUT BUTTERS – Not just peanut these days, almond, cashew and hazelnut and combinations too. Supermarkets sell some and if you want combinations or crunchy versions or a wider range, health food stores are your best bet. Peanut butter is sold everywhere and you can even get chocolate ones too. Just watch out for honey that crops up in some like in M & S.

nut butter and jam or fruit spread
nut butter and cucumber
nut butter and raw onion
nut butter and beetroot
nut butter and banana
nut butter and vegemite
nut butter and sliced apple
nut butter and melted chocolate
nut butter and chocolate chip!
nut butter, vegan cheese and jam
nut butter and sultanas (or other dried fruit soaked such as figs, apricots, raisins)
nut butter and sliced tomato
nut butter and pickled onion
nut butter and agave syrup/golden syrup/sweet freedom
nut butter and salad
nut butter with grated carrot
nut butter and sprouted pulses
nut butter and chopped dates
nut butter and coconut
nut butter and kiwi fruit
nut butter and canned peaches


Cold and served sliced with salad or cranberry sauce!



Served with lots of extras or just mayo!


PATES – There are a few vegan pates about, but it is usually health food stores to buy these. Asda sell one or more of the granovita brand in their free from section and sometimes Aldi have these on specials. Sold as long life tubs and tubes usually. Tartex or granovita Pate – mushroom, herbs, tofu, tangy tomato, Vegetarian Tofu Pate – Spicy Mexican (contains palm oil though). Although vbite VegiDeli do a few refrigerated ones. Vegusto (mostly online) also have pates and different sandwich fillings.

fridge – health food shops

VegiDeli mushroom pate, Brussels style pate, beanfeast pate (11 different beans and seeds).

from Ocado

from Polish shops



I love pesto with tomatoes and avocado. It is great added to lots of sandwiches for flavour.



Fried and served with dressing of your choice and salad. Ready make blocks or made from ground polenta.



Served with salad and avocado



Suggestion: with mixed cabbage



Cook and leave to cool and serve with various fillings and sauces



As slices or sliced roasts – cold served with salad


SEED BUTTERS Usually health food stores with a few now popping up in supermarkets.


SLICES – Imitations of meat slices such as chicken, beef, turkey and sage and onion flavours. The largest range and brand is Vbites sold in Health food stores. The sage and onion is sold in Morrison’s. Other brands too, but usually in health food stores or online only. Tofurky has now arrived in the UK too and some places even sell sandwiches ready made with it.

Vbite ‘meat’ slices (ham, turkey, chicken, beef, sage & onion, bacon, garlic sausage style, pepperoni) or chorizo chucks made up in the traditional ways such as

Ham and cheese

Ham, mayo and dried onion

Ham, Dijon mustard, sweet freedom and sesame seeds

Chicken with mayo, chutney and raisins

Chicken with mayo and curry powder

Beef with horseradish and dried onion flakes

Sage and onion slices with apple sauce

Turkey with cranberry sauce

Garlic sausage style with mayo and olives

Chorizo with vegan mayo

Pizza style – sundried tomato, olives, roasted vegetables, pepperoni and optional cheese

Also seitan slices as often sold in independent health food stores.

Vegusto also have several flavoured sandwich slices and luncheon rolls.



Green/black olive tapenade with vegan cheese or roasted red peppers


Marinated tofu (such as cauldron) with vegan mayo, hummus and sundried tomatoes

Taifun have lots of flavoured tofu’s that you could serve with different fillings such as

Smoked tofu with sweet chilli relish/mayo and roast peppers

Cold scrambled tofu with salad cream and cress

Other flavours are

Smoked with almonds & sesame seeds

Smoked with herbs & sunflower seeds

Tofu Roso (flavoured with olives, tomatoes and pepperoni)

Tofu Basil Tofu olive

Or just flake and mix with mayo and herbs/seaweed for a tuna style and serve with salad or sweetcorn


‘TUNA’ – vegan mock tuna is now available by VegiDeli do anything you would with fish tuna. They also do vegan salmon slices.


YEAST EXTRACT (Vegemite/Marmite/Natex)

We have these covered in our gravy article, as they are often used in this way too. Serve with grated carrot, salad, tomato, avocado or crisps.


Salad dressings and vegan mayo, roasted red peppers, vegan pesto, vegan mayo, vegan salad cream, crispy dried onions, chutney, pickle, curry powder, dried herbs, vegan horseradish, picked onions, picked red cabbage, picked beetroot, picked guerkins, sweet freedom, golden syrup, jam, yeast extract such as vegemite or natex, mustard, sun dried tomato paste, pickle, homemade coleslaw, beetroot coleslaw, seeds, raisins, cinnamon, sundried tomatos, capers, crisps, salsa, saverkraut, apple sauce, tapendade, cranberry sauce, crisps, mixed bean salad, salt and pepper.

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