Cooked a really great spaghetti bolognese tonight. I've always enjoyed doing spag bol, but this was a particularly good one, so here's the recipe:
1 lb minced beef
1 large red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped.
1 thumb-size piece of ginger, grated.
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped.
1 onion, finely chopped.
1 bunch fresh coriander (cilantro in north america, apparently)
A few fresh tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes, but pick whatever is fresh and firm)
Tomatoe puree or a jar of ragu/dolmio/etc.
1 tin red kidney beans.
2 tablespoons coriander seeds.
1 teaspoon fennel seeds.
1 teaspoon cumin seeds.
1 teaspoon dried mint.
In a pestle and mortar grind together the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and about 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Try and make sure there aren't any large pieces of coriander seeds left as they stick in your throat!
Chop the fresh coriander about half way up to separate into stalk and leaves. Chop both parts up roughly but keep separate.
Heat a large pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the minced beef. Stir until all the beef has turned brown. Add the onions and stir for two minutes. Add the chilli and stir for 1 minute. Add the ginger and garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Add in the ground up coriander/cumin/fennel mix.
Add the tomatoes and puree/sauce. Add the dried mint, and add seasoning to taste. Stir.
Add the kidney beans but don't stir them in just yet. Add the coriander stalks. Cover with a lid, and shake the pan gently.
Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring the kidney beans in after 20 minutes.
A couple of minutes before serving, add most of the rest of the fresh coriander, keeping some aside for garnish.
Serve on a bed of fresh spaghetti. Store bought fresh pasta is fine, but toss it in a little olive oil before serving.
[Meta: Are there other geeks who like to cook? I am pretty much alone in this at $workplace, but find that cooking is a bit like programming so I'm curious to find like-minded geeks]