Christmas leftovers of roast potatoes? Meet bubble and squeak’s sexy, Indian-spiced cousin.

26 Dec

Left over roast spuds? Meet bubble and squeak's sexy, Indian-spiced cousin.

Left over roast spuds? Meet bubble and squeak's sexy, Indian-spiced cousin.I love Christmas. I do wonder why people reserve the Christmas feeling for Christmas just for Christmas though. Arguably, there should be a special feel to the day.

I love that during Christmas, people are nice to each other. Even strangers smile and greet each other. Friends and relatives call each other and better still, see each other. Phones are put away, iPads go down and we play with children and talk to people instead. We eat well, laugh and watch movies that emphasise the true meaning of life; love, family, being well. Everyone seems happier in the run-up to Christmas; more excited. It’s fun to decorate with tinsel and planning trips to see Santa. It’s just lovely to sip hot drinks in the cold weather at a Christmas market. Board games, silly jumpers, cuddles and gifts. Why can’t it be like this every day?

I don’t really make New Year resolutions. I’m not suggesting that they aren’t a good idea, I just don’t. What I do try and resolve to, almost daily, is to hang onto ‘that’ feeling. The feeling of being good, feeling good and giving good..and I’m not just talking about the food.

This year I used marabel spuds for my Xmas table and they were mighty fine spuds! They are naturally a bit sweet and very fluffy. I roasted them with salt and smoked garlic and a few glugs of rapeseed oil. The only trouble is, I did way too many. I tend to have leftovers after Xmas but can’t cope with a repeat episode of the Xmas meal itself, so here’s a recipe for a fabulous facelift for the leftovers.

My recipe is a quick, aromatic and light mix of pasta, roast potatoes, savoy cabbage (you could use brussels sprouts ) and tomatoes. When you add indian spices to your veg, automatically, it becomes a tarted up version. I’ve used coconut oil to temper the cabbage and very light and mild spicing. I’ve used juicy plum tomatoes to freshen the dish up too. Try it, it feels light and fragrant…a welcome change after heavy and indulgent eating.


1/2 head of Savoy cabbage, shredded into ribbons
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds
Juice of half lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
The equivalent of 3 medium potatoes worth of potatoes
2 handfuls of plum tomatoes, halved
250g pasta
4-5 curry leaves

1. Boil the pasta per packet instructions and heat the oven to heat and crisp the potatoes up again.
2. In a deep pan heat the coconut oil and then add the turmeric, curry leaves, cumin and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds sizzle and pop add the the cabbage and stir fry with salt, lemon juice and chilli powder for 7-8minutes on a medium flame, or until the cabbage is cooked enough to bite through easily.
3. When the pasta is cooked, wash and drain it. Mix it with the cabbage and potatoes before introducing the chopped tomatoes. And tossing it all together.

Serve the dish immediately, whilst still hot.

12 Responses to “Christmas leftovers of roast potatoes? Meet bubble and squeak’s sexy, Indian-spiced cousin.”

  1. Ganga108 December 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Really nice twist and a great use for left over potatoes.


    • Deena Kakaya December 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Thank you, it feels fresh and fragrant x

  2. Johnny Hepburn December 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Got to try this! When I buy in mustard seeds, that is. Hopefully tomorrow if I make it to the International store on time.

    • Deena Kakaya December 27, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      It’s great to hear that you will try it, please let me know what you think xx

  3. Deb December 27, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    The recipe for “leftovers” sounds scrumptious! Savory cabbage and spices to flavor the potatoes is a meal in itself!

    • Deena Kakaya December 27, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Hi Deb! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas. Indeed this dish is filling; the aroma of coconut, light spices and tomatoes freshen this dish up well xx

  4. Joanne December 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen potatoes thrown into pasta like that! Carb heaven!

    • Deena Kakaya December 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Thanks Joanne! This one certainly kept us going for a while x

  5. annelifaiers December 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    What a lovely idea 🙂 I made bubble and squeak on boxing day morning with my left over sprouts and roast potatoes and it was yummy but I now wish I had added some spices too as thats a great way to start the day.Next year… xx

    • Deena Kakaya December 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Hello Anneli, it’s so nice to hear from you, I hope that you had a very lovely Christmas! I love bubble and squeak and I enjoyed this dish so much that I may roast some spuds especially to have this dish…when I can face them again 😉 xx

  6. Amie December 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Nice twist on this dish. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deena Kakaya December 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      Hi Annie, I’m glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by! X

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