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Vegetable Curry- Marsala Spiced

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Vegetable Curry- Marsala Spiced

Post  Errata on Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:07 pm

Vegetable curry
Ingredients
For the masala spice blend
5 cardamom pods
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
12 whole black peppercorns
½ tsp fennel seeds
3 cloves
For the curry
3 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
4cm/1½in fresh root ginger, peeled, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 large red chilli, seeds and pith removed, finely chopped, preferably
Snub nose or Rio Grande varieties
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, cut into 1cm/¼in dice
2 pinches sea salt
150g/5oz button mushrooms, quartered
1 medium courgette, cut into 2cm/¾in dice
1 small aubergine, cut into 2cm/¾in dice
½ cauliflower, cut into small florets
440ml/16fl oz coconut milk
100ml/4fl oz hot water
3 large plum tomatoes, seeds removed and cut into 2cm/¾in dice
small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
½ lime, juice only
Preparation method
1. For the masala spice blend, toast all the spices in a small dry frying
pan over a very low heat for 10 minutes, shaking the pan from time
to time. This will release the natural oils from the spices. Be very
careful not to burn the spices or they will become bitter.
2. Grind the toasted spices with a pestle and mortar or in a coffee
grinder until you have a fine powder, then set aside.
3. For the curry, heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat and
gently fry the ginger, garlic and chilli for two minutes.
4. Add the bay leaf, onion, sea salt and the masala spice blend and
cook gently for a further five minutes. (This slow cooking will convert
the natural starches into sugars so sweetening and maximising the
flavours.)
5. Increase the heat to medium and add the mushrooms, courgette,
aubergine and cauliflower. Cover and simmer gently for five minutes,
stirring from time to time.
6. Meanwhile, warm the coconut milk in a small pan with the hot water
and stir until blended.
7. Add the coconut milk and water to the vegetables, bring to a gentle
simmer and cook for six minutes, stirring from time to time.
8. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for five more minutes, then add the
coriander and lime juice.
9. Serve the curry with steamed basmati rice and naan bread, or just
with good French bread.

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