Easy Vegetable Curry
Even if you are not a vegetarian a vegetable curry is both warm and filling. This meal can be served at any time of the year and you can vary the vegetable according to the seasonal variations.
Five a DayA vegetable curry is an easy way to eat your five vegetables for the day; in fact it is very easy to eat ten with these types of vegetable dishes.
Pulses and BeansAdding pulses and beans to the curry will make a very warming winter recipe and is easy to do. Simmer lentils in stock until cooked or simply add a can of baked beans in tomato sauce in the final stages or cooking or even a can of chickpeas for variety. Not only will it make the meal go further but will add bulk and interest for vegetable eaters.
Recipe for Vegetable CurryServes four or can be adapted for more portions
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 carrots washed and chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 red pepper deseeded and chopped
- 1 Green pepper deseeded and chopped
- 1 large potato peeled and chopped into one inch cubes
- 1 courgette halved lengthways and sliced
- 200 g closed cup mushrooms dried and quartered
- 1 tablespoon of coriander
- 1/2 tablespoon of cumin
- 1/2 a teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- Stock made with a vegetable stock cube
To PreparePreheat oven to 200 degrees C or gas mark 6
Slice the butternut squash in half lengthways without peeling. Remove the seeds and place on a baking sheet on the middle of the over for 45 minutes.
In a deep pan add the oil and when hot add the onion and fry until soft but not brown.
Add the garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli and fry until sizzling.
Add the carrot, peppers and potato and cook until slightly soft and coated with the curry paste.
Add the can of tomatoes and a little stock and simmer for twenty minutes.
Scoop the cooked flesh from the butternut squash and add to the curry as well as the courgette and the mushrooms. Add more stock if needed. The squash will thicken the curry so you should not need to add any form of thickener such as gravy granules or cornflour.
Serve with fluffy white rice or brown wild rice.