Vegetable curry

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
5 cloves garlic
120g whole, peeled tomatoes (with puree) roughly chopped
125ml whole milk yoghurt
625ml water
2 tsp salt
6 small red new potatoes (about 280g), quartered
1 1/2 heaping cups small cauliflower florets (about 225g)
175g fresh green beans, cut into 2.5cm pieces
220g canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 jalapeno, or more to taste, in one piece
2 tsp curry powder
1 medium yellow onion, diced
One 8-cm chunk fresh ginger, peeled
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1 tsp whole cloves
10 cardamom pods
8 whole allspice
One 8-cm long cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 bay leaf
Serving suggestion: Basmati rice and chutney
1) In a small food processor (mini-chopper), combine the garlic and ginger and puree into a paste. Set aside.

2) Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf and cook, stirring constantly, until toasted and fragrant and the cinnamon stick unfurls, about 30 seconds. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic-ginger paste, curry powder, and jalapeno and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 1 minute.

2) Add the tomato and yoghurt and cook, stirring, until they separate from the oil and there is a distinctive sizzling sound, as the sauce fries in the oil, about 7 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring, for about 1 minute more.

3) Add the water, salt, and potatoes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower, green beans, and chickpeas, bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has thickened, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with rice and chutney.

Cook's Note: You may add or substitute any number of vegetables as you like in this recipe. Okra or any sort of sturdy green, such as kale, would be welcome additions.

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