Friday, January 8, 2010

Creamy coconut curry with aubergine and courgette

I actually learnt this one at Ballymaloe back in..........hmm when was I there??.....2008-ish......anyway.....I hadn;t made it since then. So as I was working late left instructions for Stokesy and came home to lovely dinner, my preferred recipe testing method.

The boy did good! And here's how you can recreate the magic at home...serves 2 greedy b*stards

  • 1 aubergine, cut into chunks
  • 1 courgette, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp black mustard seed, whole
  • 2 tsp fennel seed, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, ground
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp oil, sunflower/groundnut/rapeseed
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • lime wedges
  • fresh coriander, roughly chopped - we didn't have any in but would have been better with it

In a large frying pan dry fry the vegetables until browned. Remove and set aside.

Now heat your oil in the same pan, then add the spices, stirring while then toast gently for 15secs. Add the flour and keep stirring for 2 mins (you're making a kind-of roux to thicken the curry), it should be fairly dry and change colour slightly.

Add the coconut milk, tamarind and chilli. Heat through then add the aubergine and courgette back into the pan. Taste it and add more salt, lime juice or water so it's just right. Stokesy added about 1 tsp salt, juice of 1 lime and 150ml water.

Serve with rice and coriander over the top.......yum!

Tip: This would be really nice with big prawns added for 1 minute of cooking time at the end. The leftover coconut milk freezes really well