simple one pot curry

Wed 10th, Oct, 2012

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Oooh yeah,  a little Surfer Boy Too Easy Recipe today ladies, we like those now don’t we…?

I have been making this for like ever, it’s tasty, you can throw it in your slow cooker / crockpot and leave it in there while you head down the beach and it feeds those super hungry surfer boys quite nicely without any fussing around when you get back.

I wish I could tell you that I had this when eating curry while in India, but sadly I cannot, the one and only time I went to India was when passing through Mumbai when a particularly nasty epidemic was going around the World and not only were we not allowed to get off of the plane but men in white Ghostbuster style suits came on and sprayed us with chemicals.  That was nice.



No, my dabbling with curry, other than those I have had in Thailand, Hong Kong and China, a different flavour altogether (and I have a crockpot beauty in that mode soon) has been, as any good English girl will tell you, from my local curry house deep in the heart of the English countryside and normally after about 10pm on the way home from the pub.


Hello Mrs Beach Cottage are there any things you miss about your new life in Australia?  Yes indeedy there is, the pubs, the good old BBC and a decent curry house.

Mrs Beach Cottage, do you miss the weather?

No certainly, I do not.


So I love curry but I do not love curry full of colourings and MSG, which I find is in a lot of the curries here and so I, since being Down Under, have dabbled a lot with different curries in my crock pot / slow cooker

I also do love me a cottage that is wafting a lovely heart-warming curry smell from the kitchen, alluding to all that pass and those that live here, that indeed someone has been working very hard chopping and stirring and blending, but when in reality that person threw in a few simple things, turned on the workhorse that sits in the corner on her own quite happily and went off to read blogs.


No,w I have had lovely feedback on my other curry, which is my no-brainer, comfort food, do it with my eyes shut and think of England ooops I mean Australia curry, this one is just as good, but different…nicely different and I am lurving it more every time I cook it in my slow cooker (when I first used to make this it was always on the hob) and surprisingly the Beach Cottage Kiddos really love this one, I thought it might be too hot for them when they were littlies but it’s not (though see notes below).

This uses, wait for it, a jar of curry paste, long gone are the days when I dragged myself around the Indian supermarkets that were in my local town in England and made my own pastes – one baby, no pressure and all that, so the jarred pastes are well and truly good enough for me…sometimes I still do my own but not often…do look out on the back of the jars of this though for anything in the ingredients list that you might not like the look of, like an e-number, I buy Pataks where the ingredients do not have scary names.




Beach Cottage Recipe

Surfer Boy Curry

easy chicken Rogan Josh


4 chicken breasts chopped into chunky bite sized pieces

2 onions chopped

1/2 red chilli finely chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 cup chicken stock

1/2 jar Rogan Josh paste

1/2 cup red lentils

1 x 400g tin tomatoes

2 tbsp vinegar

salt and pepper

to serve : lemons & yoghurt

1. place all ingredients in crockpot

2. cook on high 4-5 hours or low all day

beach cottage rogan josh recipe notes serve over rice and lovely with a few poppadoms (I buy the little packs that you quickly fry)  * a few spoonfuls of yoghurt on top make this a dream  **you may need to adjust the liquid to more or less depending on how long you are leaving it, if leaving it all day you will probably need more stock (my new crockpot cooks hotter unfortunately than my old one hence I would add more stock here if cooking all day), on the other hand you may need to leave the lid ajar at the end of cooking if you want it a bit thicker.  * I up the chilli for my portion in this but my kiddos don’t like it hot  ** if you love garlic like me throw a few more cloves in ** I use my rice cooker with this – pop your rice cooker on before you go out too and when you come home all you need is a few veggies and to serve from these two little beauties on your counter, love that




I hope you like it, I am putting together a little something for my favourite things to throw in the crockpot – more info will be available in the Beach Cottage Club,  so if you haven’t subscribed shoot me your email address in the box below

See you soon Beach Cottage lovelies




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17 Responses to “simple one pot curry”

  1. Selby says:

    Yum! Looks delicious I’d love a bowl- its cold n grey this morning so I’d happily have some yummy hot nosh warming the house n the soul:)

  2. lg says:

    nom nom nom nom nom

  3. Why yes, we DO love a good surfer-boy-too-easy-bc-recipe around here. Not a surfer in sight but this will be fantastic for one of our mid-week get home late and everyone is grumpy meals. xx

  4. HRH Sarah says:

    Agggh, I wish the people in this house would eat curry!!!! That looks so good, Sarah- I think I will have to make it for just moi.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Did you use tinned lentils Sarah? DO I just x3 all the ingredients if I want to make for 12 people?

    • Julie says:

      Hi no 5 is me Julie – love your blog!

    • sarah says:

      oh sorry no just dried red lentils, serves 4 – 5 depending on your appetites so for 12 you would at least double (but with a few more lentils and an extra chicken breast it would do 12 probs with accompaniments like poppadoms naan etc)

      I will change edit the recipe x

  6. Stacey (harrimar) says:

    Hi Sarah, Yum!! Going to have to try this one! Haven’t been back to England for over two years, but did notice that a lot of pubs are closing down and emerging as curry houses! No need to stagger quite as far now! ; )
    S x

  7. Neen says:

    OMG another BC curry recipe…….you are too kind. My kiddos LUUUUUUURVE your chicken curry so this one will be in competition for the best ever meal ( don’t tell them it’s THE easiest recipe EVER). Yum yum yum !!!!!

  8. Thanks Sarah- this one looks really fab!!

    Perfect for summer- and a beer or two on the balcony!

    Can I ask hon, where did you get those divine bowls that are popping up in all your recent photos?
    They are totally divine and just enough of a burst of colour…I have a sister in law who would love them- I’m thinking all things Christmas – as I’ve just posted all out sea mail to ol’Blightly two weeks ago…hope you made that boat too- air mail is crazy expensive isn’t it!

    Melissa x

  9. Julie says:

    Thank you!

  10. alison says:

    You’re right, Pataks curry pastes are so nice.


  11. Heather says:

    I love a yummy curry, having been raised in sunny South Africa which has the largest Indian population outside of India! It’s large Cape Malay population makes me a huge fan of Malaysian curries, with their special twist on spices. But, my all time fave has to be the curry from my home city, Durban. It takes a lot to beat that quintessential taste of home!

    I have never had a curry made in a crockpot before, but I’m liking the idea of embracing this fuss-free tried-and-tested cooking method. What size crockpot do you use? I’d love it if you could post a picture for us time-challenged foodies. :) Hx

    • sarah says:

      Hi Heather, I am not sure the size of mine it’s the larger of the sizes you get in the shops, I will try to get a picture of it next time I do a crock recipe.

      I didn’t know that SA had an Indian populate :-) x

  12. Jacqui says:

    Hi Sarah, this sounds divine – I will have to get me a crockpot and start trying all these yummy recipes! Did you know you can cook the poppadoms in the microwave? No oil or frying needed…Just put three or so onto some paper towel and zap until they’re all puffed up. Can’t remember how long it takes, perhaps 30 seconds? Cheers!