Spice mad: Dan Toombs and his family
Korma crazy Dan Toombs spiced up his life by feeding his family CURRY every day for a year.
Father-of-three Dan, 47, began making his own Indian treats after forking out a fortune on takeaways.
He set himself the challenge of making 365 curry dishes in a row - including a Christmas Day banquet of spicy turkey with Bombay potatoes.
Sales boss Dan said: "The children took a while to get used to Indian food every day but grew to love it. On Christmas Day I put Indian spices under the skin of the turkey and cooked it with Bombay potatoes and a broccoli curry. It was a great success and the turkey leftovers lasted for days." California-born Dan, who lives with wife Caroline, 40, and children Katy, 15, Joe, 13, and Jennifer, nine, in Northallerton, North Yorks, claims his recipes are much healthier than takeaway versions - and his family have stayed trim throughout the year.
He said: "It's a misconception that curry is unhealthy. When cooked in a restaurant with lots of oil and butter, maybe, but cooked at home it's very good for you."
At first Dan used cook books but was disappointed with the results. He realised the British takeaway food he loved was very different from traditional Indian meals.
Now he has created 500 recipes using ingredients from local independent shops and based on meals from takeaways.
Dan has launched a blog named The Curry Guy and has gained 30,000 Twitter followers. He has also published a book, How to make British Indian restaurant style meals. He said: "Through my blog I have been given recipes from all over the world and been invited to cook with chefs at a few restaurants, so I am very grateful.
"The kids have begun to cook, too. We make a batch of sauce which makes several curries and during the week dinner takes no time at all. And I have saved lots of money not going to restaurants. We still eat Indian food three or four times a week."
His favourite dishes are rogan josh and jalfrezi. Dan said: "They are very simple to make and very tasty."
He added: "I've not been to India. I just love the food, but I'd love to go one day."
Dan's recipes are free to view on his website www.greatcurryrecipies.net.
Yum: Chicken Jalfrezi
MONDAY: Rabbit vindaloo with boiled white rice and lime.
TUESDAY: Goan coley fish with green chilli chutney served with green salad.
WEDNESDAY:Yellow squash veggie curry with stir-fried cabbage.
THURSDAY: Indian duck curry with a tamarind sauce served with boiled rice or homemade naan.
FRIDAY: Kidney bean curry served with coriander - with a starter of homemade bhajis.
SATURDAY: Chicken jalfrezi with boiled rice or homemade naan.
SUNDAY: Masoor dhal - a red lentil dish served with coriander.
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