Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Vegetarian Hot Pot


I love cooking and when I am creating an authentic recipe, I like to recreate it as true to the recipe as possible, right from the ingredients to the traditional cooking process and the traditional utensils that are used in cooking. In many countries a lot of authentic recipes are cooked in earthenware and clay pots .Using this type of utensil and the slow cooking of the recipe gives the recipe a flavour that is second to none.

When I was travelling around India I saw most of the villages using clay pots to cook in. The flavour the pots imparted was amazing and made the dish really homely. I was very tempted to buy them but since the pots were not treated in any way I was worried that they would not work well on the gas and electric hobs we have in the UK. The clay pots in India were also made with the rounded bottoms to sit on an open fire.

Three years later my search for Clay pots was still on after returning to the UK, but I am pleased that I have now discovered Sapori a line of cookware created to meet the needs of people wanting to cook without compromise and are looking to enhance flavours of their cooking whilst discovering traditional recipes.


With Italian know how in the field of cookware the pots are made from High Fire Stoneware clay to provide the best cooking technology. The pots are beautifully made and coated with ceramic glazes and they have a non-stick double layer of corflon coating. The Sapori pots are also suitable to be used directly on the hob, in the traditional oven and also in the microwave. The pots will require treating the first time you use them but this is highly recommended to increase the lifespan of the pot.
The Sapori range comes in traditional white or red and you can get a variation of sizes in the pots. The range includes small bowls and dishes, potato pots, shallow casserole dishes and deep stock pots and a tagine too.

The pots are beautifully crafted and will great in any kitchen. I have really enjoyed cooking in my Sapori pot and can’t wait to add more of the range to my collection.
I created this wonderful mixed bean stew in my Sapori pot and it was cooked to perfection.





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Vegetarian Hotpot
Mediterranean vegetables layered and cook in a delicious tomato sauce with a layer of crispy potatoes.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Large dutch aubergine cut into thin slices
  • 2 Green and Red pepper diced
  • 2 Medium Carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 3 Medium potatoes peeled and finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Bread crumbs
  • 400 g Precooked butter beans
  • 400 g Chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 10 Cherry tomato cut in halves

Method:
1. In a frying pan add 2 tablespoons of oil and shallow fry the aubergine slices in batches. Keep them aside.

2. Add the potato slices in boiling water and blanch them for 3-4 minutes. Drain and pat them dry and keep aside.3.In a pan add 1 tablespoon oil and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes, next add the carrots and peppers and saute them for 2-3 minutes.



4. Add the chopped tomatoes with the juice and then salt, pepper, turmeric, chilli powder, black pepper and oregano. Cook for 5 minutes 5. Stir in the drained cooked beans and mix through. 6. Take an ovenproof dish (I used my Sapori casserole pot)and add half the tomato sauce, Add a layer of aubergines and sprinkle with half the bread crumbs. Add a layer of potatoes.7.Repeat the layering again until you finish with a final layer of potatoes.8. Brush the potatoes with a little oil and scatter some cherry tomato halves on top.9. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C 35O degrees F and bake the hotpot for 45 minutes or until the potatoes start to crisp up and turn slightly golden.





Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4



48 comments:

  1. This sounds like a perfect winter warmer - and so easy!

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  2. what a beautiful pot, it's elegant and modern at the same time, I'd be very happy to have such a looker in my kitchen.

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  3. oh I love hot pot and since my teen has decided to become a vegetarian what a great meal for her weekly plan thank you

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  4. This recipe is the sort of thing I make on a regular basis but sometimes I throw some quorn in to give it a bit of added texture x

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  5. This is just the kind of recipe I like - easy, healthy and full of veggies! Plus those pots sound great. I have now looked them up to find out more about them - thank you!

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  6. This looks lovely! I'm not beggie but I often make vegetarian friendly meals x

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  7. Wholesome and healthy.. love the pot too.

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  8. Love a good hotpot - a perfect winter warmer

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  9. This sounds lovely, just what you need with the weather like it is at the moment x

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  10. I love your clay pot! It makes such a difference to the end result to get the perfect tools to use!

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  11. That pot, in fact the whole range, has stunning good looks but none of it works on an induction hob for which my wallet is very grateful. However, now I fancy a hotpot this weekend and am wondering if I can recreate this in a slowcooker.

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  12. This looks fantastic - great for those colder days we are experiencing. I love this type of meal!

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  13. What a fab pot and I love the recipe. We are big fans of healthy one post cooking.

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  14. I should not have read this whilst I was hungry because now I want it! Great post though and certainly something I will be attempting although I am quite sure it wont turn out like yours!

    Ems xo

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  15. Ohhh those pots sound great! As does the recipe, perfect for winter! I may give it a go sometime in the near future :) Thank you for sharing.

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  16. I love that pot. So simple in its design. This recipe sounds yummy and I think even my fussy hubby would like it!

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  17. I've been experimenting a lot with vegetarian dishes lately and I really love the look of this! I need to get myself one of those pots for the oven and then I'll try this :)

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  18. That looks and sounds delicious and I love your pot - it looks really elegant x

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  19. I have never used a clay pot to cook with, but I can imagine that the food definitely comes out tasting more hearty!

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  20. I've been looking for a dish like this, it looks pretty and is practical too. Great recipe too!

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  21. Glad you found the clay pots in the end! I have never had a vegetarian hotpot before and I am a vegetarian lol!

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  22. This looks so very yummy. They pot is a beauty too.

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  23. That sounds like a great family dish, especially when it is as cold as it's been this week. Love the pot too.

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  24. That looks yummy! Have to try this tonight. But maybe will tailor a bit your receipe. Thanks for the idea

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  25. That sounds amazing, recently my older daughter decided she does not want to eat meat so it will be perfect recipe for us to try. Also the pots you have mentioned are very interesting find... I will need to look into getting one of two of those.

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  26. What a lovely stylish pot! Will be checking the range out. I love a hotpot!

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  27. These pots look great and the recipe sounds delicious :)

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  28. This looks absolutely delicious - I am not a full vegetarian but don't eat stews or anything like that with meat in. I would love this! Kaz x

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  29. This looks delicious! I will definitely be giving it a try

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  30. Ooh it looks and sounds lovely, a proper winter dish!

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  31. Ooh just perfect for this time of year Nayna. I have a French clay pot which I use in the oven, but of course nothing that will go on top.

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  32. Such a lovely looking pot! I really like how warm and comforting this looks.

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  33. That sounds like a really tasty and satisfying hot pot.

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  34. This sounds incredibly yummy. I love veggie hotpots.

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  35. I love cooking a hot pot, always a great meal on a British winters day

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  36. This is just the kind of recipe I like and should make more of - easy, healthy and a great way to use up left over veggies x

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  37. This looks delicious and I really am a big fan of one pot meals

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  38. I didn't realise cooking in a clay pot would change the flavour, thats cool. This looks lovely!

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  39. That does look yummy and I love the shape of the pot.
    Janie x

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  40. I've just bookmarked this page as it looks sooo healthy and we have an aubergine that needs to be used up! Going to carve out some cooking time for myself tomorrow....

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  41. Looks delicious, I love a filling vegetarian meal. thank you They pots look great too.

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  42. This sounds like the perfect, warming winter meal! Just what we need right now.

    Sus // roughmeasures.com

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  43. I've got a cold at the moment and this would be just the thing I need right now!

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  44. I always love an easy recipe, this one sounds perfect!xx

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  45. Perfect for the horrid wet weather we are having.

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  46. Margaret Clarkson
    Sounds lovely! So well presented too, the pot is definitely a great asset

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  47. Looks like a good recipe for on of my meat free days

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