Brussels Sprouts Curry

Blog-Event XXXI - Curry [15. Februar 2008]Oops, it is middle of February already. And blog events galore! Last week I bought brussels sprouts, just because they looked so nice and fresh. Which blog event is the best? Hmm, the sprouts are not heart-shaped. Also not so thin like a flat bread. Brussels sprouts with star anise? Shudder! And curry? No, doesn’t work, I thought. But after some browsing the internet I discovered that there actually are curry dishes with brussels sprouts. From those recipes I found I created my own.

Wikipedia explains, that the spice mix ‚Panch Phoron‘ has its origin in Northern India and mostly contains the below-mentioned spices in equal parts. They are fried in hot ghee or oil until the seeds pop.

Brussels Sprouts and Red Lentils Curry

Source: February 10, 2008 by Sus
categories: Curry, Brussels Sprouts
Servings: 4 servings



Panch Phoron:
2 teaspoons Fenugreek
2 teaspoons Nigella seed
2 teaspoons Mustard seed
2 teaspoons Fennel seed
2 teaspoons Cumin seed
50 gram Ghee (or some oil)
200 gram Red lentils (Masoor Dhal)
750 gram Brussels sprouts
100 ml Vegetable stock
2 Onions; finely chopped
1/2 ts Chilli powder
1 small can Tomatoes
Lemon juice
400 gram Ground Beef
1 small Onion


Put the lentils in a small pot, cover them generously with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until lentils are soft, about 10 minutes. When they are cooked, drain and keep warm.

Clean the sprouts and cut into halves. Put the ghee (I used oil) into a large pot, add half of the panch phoron and fry it for half a minute. It will jump and pop! Stir in the chopped onions and then add the sprouts. Add the stock and the tomatoes. Mix well and sprinkle with chilli powder. Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Cover and cook on a gentle heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Put the ground beef into a bowl and mix with the onion and the second half of the panch phoron, salt and pepper. Form little meatballs and roast them in a hot pan.

Mix the lentils with the sprouts and add the meatballs to serve.


– Served with self-made chapatis.
– Nice spice mix, although next time I will use less fennel.
– Vegetarians omit the meatballs, of course.

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