Mixed Vegetable Curry     

DescriptionPerhaps this is not so much a recipe, but general advice on making better curries, or at least, things I have found make the curries I cook better.
Curry TypeVegetable
Sourcembhpfpj@meehpd.ee.man.ac.uk (Paul Floyd)
Time to prepare40
Time to cook30
No. of servings2 large servings
Ingredients1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped finely
butter or ghee
Vegetables as available: e.g.
Courgette, Mushrooms, Carrot, Celery, Potato
(Carrots, Potatoes should be par-boiled)
Red Lentils
Curry powder. I make my own - will post recipe if requested.
1 medium tin of tomatoes.
1 tablespoon tomato puree.

Coriander leaf, cut finely.
Creamed coconut. Tinned is best, then the butter blocks.
I find dessicated unsatisfactory. Havent tried real
coconut - too fiddly.
InstructionsFry the onion, garlic (pressed) and ginger in a large frying pan with a knob of butter or ghee (vegans could use vegetable oil). Cook until softened but not brown. Make a paste of the curry powder by adding water, and add the paste to the onions. Simmer for about 10 minutes, adding more water if needed. Meanwhile, chop the vegatables into small pieces (and half cook any that need longer cooking times). Heat the
vegetables in a large saucepan with another knob of ghee/butter.

At the same time, add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree to the onion/curry mix, and also add the coconut and/or coriander.
Add the lentils to the vegetables. Preheat the oven to Gas 4. Allow the sauce in the frying pan to simmer, and keep stirring the vegetables in the saucepan, for about 10 minutes. If you dont stir the vegetables, then the lentils will become permanently fixed to the saucepan. Add more butter/ghee if necessary. Mix the sauce and the vegetables in the sacepan, then pour into a casserole dish. Put into the oven for about 30 minutes. While that is cooking, prepare the rice/poppadoms/naan bread etc.

I think the crucial factor is: dont boil a curry!!!
NotesWashing up: 1 large saucepan, 1 large frying pan, 1 casserole dish, 1 saucepan for part-cooking "hard" vegetables plus pan(s) for rice & poppadoms
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