Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Get Cozy with Curry!


If cozy was a taste, this would be it! This curry/ ginger dish warms you from the inside out. In fact, small beads of perspiration always form on MIke's forehead when he eats this to watch, unless you are out at a fine indian restaurant.

As usual, I am offering more of a formula than a recipe can substitute, add, adjust, or omit. Just remember to start with the aromatics: onion, garlic, spices, then add the harder vegetables such as carrots, potato, squash.  Add quick cooking vegetables near the end: cauliflower, peas, broccoli.
When we understand the formula of a dish, we can cook from our memory, intuition and senses. 

a glug of olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
3 or more cloves of garlic
knob of fresh ginger
curry powder or curry paste, to taste
carrots, peeled and sliced
sweet potato, peeled and diced
vegetable broth or hot water
cauliflower, cut into flowerets
canned coconut milk
chickpeas - cooked or canned, rinsed
frozen green peas
pinch or two of salt


Add a glug of olive oil to a large, heavy pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes
Grate about an inch of peeled, fresh ginger into the pot (you can keep a knob of fresh ginger in the freezer and just peel and grate it as you need it!).
Add the curry powder or paste (if some family members like it mild and others like it hot - just add enough for the mild bunch and you can add more at the end of the recipe after you have removed the mild portion.) As far as how much curry? Add a tbsp - taste then add some more. Remember, you can always add some more, but you can't take some out!

(At this point you can transfer it to a slow cooker, or keep cooking on the stovetop.)

Add the carrot and sweet potato and just enough broth to almost cover the vegetables. Cook until they are almost soft.
Add the cauliflower and enough coconut milk to make it look like a stew....but not a soup.
Add chickpeas, peas and raisins.

Season with salt, taste...season.
You may want to add some more raisins on top.
Chutney is nice on the side...yummmm!

Serve on rice - Jasmine Rice is nice!

The boys love when I take photos of them for this blog!
Lauchlin put extra raisins on top of his curry.

Bella says : "I refuse to enter this house unless there is meat cooking on that stove!"
Its going to be a cold night Bella!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Edie! We love curry and make some type of curry at least once a week.. lately, it's been red lentil curry.. sooo good!
    Thanks for this!