Thursday, 14 February 2008

"Indian style" Cottage Pie

People often think our routine is rather odd, and it is because our work hours are odd. I mean I work a lot of random hours, mostly afternoons, evenings and weekends, and Rob works til 9 every week night. The result of this is that we don't usually sit down to eat dinner until about 10pm.

However, Tuesday nights are the most awkward night of the week for getting dinner sorted recently seeing as I've been at the local radio station - Shine FM - until 10pm then I'm running some of the teenagers home after that so I'm not home until 10.30/11pm really. Starting to cook at this time of night is just not good, so I've been trying to make things that morning or afternoon that Rob can heat up for us to eat by the time I get home. We had cottage pie a couple of weeks ago, and last week I left out some bolognese to defrost which just needed heating. This week I went back to the cottage pie but decided to give it an Indian twist seeing as we love Indian food. It turned out real nice, and I loved that this was a dish we had recently only very different too.

I had taken photos of this but this has really not been my week: not only could I not use my computer for a few days, my iphone also decided to quit on me needing to be restarted thus loosing my photos.... grrrrrr. So you'll have to take my word for it on how yummy this looks too.

"Indian Style" cottage pie

Serves 2-3


6 or 7 medium sized potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter

1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
500g minced beef
1 medium-hot red chili, deseeded and finely sliced
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp tomato puree
200ml chopped tomatoes/passata
Handful of fresh coriander leaves.

1. Boil the potatoes for 20-25 minutes. In the meantime prepare the mince:
2. Heat a little oil in a pot. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the mince, chilli, tumeric, coriander and cumin. Stir occasionally and cook until the meat is browned.
4. Stir in the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes/passata and coriander leaves and cook for 3-4 minutes.
5. Pour the mince into an oven dish and set to the side.
6. Drain the potatoes and mash. Stir in the butter and milk to make them creamy, then spread over the mince in the oven dish.
7. Heat the oven to 180˚C and bake the pie in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown on top.

Also the lovely Rosie gave me a Red Rose today for Valentines

Thank Rosie!


  1. This Indian style cottage pie sounds amazing Ruthe. I can imagine how good it looks from reading how good it sounds on the post.

    Don't you just love using spices? When you have all the lovely spices in your kitchen you will not stop using them. :-D They are great for jazzing up food.

    If you want quick meals Ruthe just a thought here for you....I sometimes cook bean burger mixes and refridgerate it, it firms a lot better in the fridge and you can just shape it into a patty and fry it up when you are hungry. Veggie burgers are really tasty have you ever tried any?

    I love this recipe Ruthe keep on experimenting in that kitchen! :-)

    Jeena x

  2. Ruth that sounds lovely, bet it tasted delicious :-)

    Dell xo

  3. Hi Ruth, your Indian style cottage pie sounds really tasty and scrummy, something my family would really enjoy! Bookmarking this recipe thats for sure ;) Thanks for sharing!

    Awe lovely to see the red rose on your site too *big grin here*

    Rosie x

  4. Jeena, I really do love using spices, it just gives more flexibility in flavouring and the smells are incredible. Thanks for all the tips for my rushed Tuesday dinners! I love veggie burgers too.

    Dell, it really did taste yummy. i can't wait to do it again.

    Thanks Rosie, let me know how it turns out for you!!!

  5. Ruth, this definitely sounds delicious! I've bookmarked it and hope to try it out this weekend!

    If you get the chance, I’d love to have you contribute your wonderful food wisdom to eatNation ( It's a brand new social network for food lovers to share and find recipes, as well as photos and videos on how to create them. You can also create and store menus, and send dish requests to your friends and family for potluck dinners. Hope to see you there!

  6. Hi Ruth,

    I have nominated you for E for excellent award!

    Congratulations and please visit my blog on this url - many thanks.

    Rosie x

  7. Thanks Skye, looks like a great site. I'll have to sign up.

    Aw Rosie, you're so sweet! Thank you! I've added it to my blog now with a list of other folk who deserve it.

  8. Actually I tried it first before posting my response here. I enjoyed the recipe. The taste is good and very satisfactory. I also want to suggest these sites where most of my delectable recipes came from.

    Lastly, thank you for sharing!

  9. When I first read this post, I thought its no difference with the one I got from In fact, this is my second time to visit this page. Now, I've finished comparing the two. The appearance looks the same with each other except for some parts. But, their taste totally differ from each other. I am so amazed because I can't tell which one tastes better.


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