As a cold front hit the south island it brought snow to Dunedin, a good 4 inch’s or so and it’s not officially winter yet. I was feeling a little cold so I decided that it was a perfect day for a nice curry.
As I didn’t have any meat in the fridge or on hand to defrost I decided it was going to be a chunky vegetable red curry. With soft melt in your mouth chunks of pumpkin, flavour bursting cauliflower and carrots you can’t beat anything like this!
This is a great affordable dish to make, with most ingredients already in the cupboard at home it is perfect mild curry fit for anyone meat lover or vegetarian. With only a mild spice flavour it is a perfect curry for kids or people who don’t like as much heat.
Seasonal Vegetable Curry
Cumin & Black Sesame steamed Rice
2 onions, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. canola oil
4 1/2 tbsp. red curry paste
1 tsp. mild curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 head cauliflower, large florets
1/2 small pumpkin, large dice
3 carrots, large chunky slice
1 ltr. vegetable stock
1 can coconut cream
2 tsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. corn flour = 3 tbsp. water
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. fresh coriander, ripped
150 gm plain unsweetened yoghurt
Cumin and Black Sesame Rice
2 tsp. black sesame seeds
2 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted
- In a Large pot, heat oil over a very low heat.
- Add onions and sweat without colouring for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add curry paste, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, curry powder to the onions. Cook for 5 minutes stirring well, the mix with become very aromatic.
- Add prepared vegetables and stir coating the vegetables in the curry paste.
- Add stock and coconut cream stir well and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 30 minutes add fish sauce and check the seasoning adjust it to suit.
- Make a slurry of corn flour and water, add this to your slow simmering vegetables. Stir in gently.
- Simmer for another 30 minutes, only stir occasionally you don’t want to break up the vegetables too much, while this is cooking it would be a good time to steam your rice.
- Pour curry into serving bowl, top with fresh coriander and dollops of yoghurt. Sprinkle steamed rice with the toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.
- Serve, enjoy how it is or serve with nanas, or hot flat bread.
Serves: 6-7 people, perfect when frozen and re-heated for lunch or a fast dinner.
This is a great curry to have even though it doesn’t contain any meat it is defiantly a stomach fuller, hearty chunks of naturally sweet pumpkin and carrot with flavour packed cauliflower. This curry was sure a hit for lunch today and possibly dinner tonight also, there was a lot left over.
Cut Cauliflower into large florets.
Cut pumpkin in half.
Cut into large chunky dice.
Slice chunky rings of carrot.
Sweat finely diced onion in oil.
Add curry paste, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes.
Stir through vegetables.
Add stock, fish sauce and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add corn flour slurry and stir well, simmer for a further 30 minutes.
Combine toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.
Sprinkle over steamed rice.
Sprinkle with fresh coriander and dollops of plain yoghurt.
Serve Curry in a large bowl alongside cumin and black sesame rice so everyone can help themselves.