This is one of my favourite comfort foods in winter as it is full of essential vitamins to help with the ﬂu season as well as it being able warm you up from the cold outside. It is also rich in Vitamin C which is great for the immune system.
1 Red Onion sliced
Few cloves Garlic (optional extra to help ﬁght colds and ﬂu)1 teaspoon Turmeric (optional extra for anti inﬂammatory properties -particularly good for winter)
1 Tin plum tomatoes
1/2 large Aubergine diced
1- 1 1/ 2 Courgettes sliced
2 Carrots sliced
2 Knorr Vegetable Stock Pots
2 dessert spoons of Soy Sauce
Salt and pepper
Self raising ﬂour
Pinch of salt
Dash of water (enough to form a dough)
In order to make dumplings, typically half and half ﬂour and suet as per packet instructions; the more suet the ﬂuﬃer they will be.
- Sauté the onion (and garlic/turmeric) in oil until soft.
- Next add the vegetables and fry for a few minutes
- Now add the tin of tomatoes, stock cubes and soy sauce.
- Add hot water to cover- typically the same volume as the tin
- Bring to a boil and then place the lid on and let simmer on a lower heat, stirring occasionally for 30/40 mins. *note, the longer you allow the stew to cook, the more intense the ﬂavour. Alternatively you can put the stew in the oven.
- Prepare dumplings and add for the remaining 15/20 mins with the lid on.
- If adding tofu, add for ﬁnal ten minutes until heated through.
- Season to taste
Serve with rice
Why not try butternut Squash or Pumpkin in the stew for a vitamin A boost or a sprinkling of chilli for a ﬂu-ﬁghting kick!