Thursday, 15 December 2011

Creamy Vegetable Curry - a random recipe

it's odd that I don't make more curry... I have, in this last year made more curry than ever before but it is still amazing that it's not regularly on my list of things to cook as I completely love it... not only does it taste so good and so much better than anything shop or take-away bought but, after you have all the essential ingredients in your store cupboard, which then seem to last forever, it is so easy to do... no more complicated than a stew in fact but packs far more of a punch!... plus it's so thoroughly un-Christmas I find it a perfect antidote to the cloying sweetness of what's to come...

... plus I was recently fortunate enough to bag myself a jar of this incredibly hot Sweet and Hot Lemon Pickle made by the lovely Kavey from Kavey Eats... (well I think it's actually made by her Mamta, which who i'm sure is just as lovely) which i've used in place of the Mango Chutney called for in the recipe.

... this is my entry for this months Random Recipes and true to my word I took this cookbook down to the charity shop, along with some other, never-used books and the dear old lady was very pleased to receive them... I left with a lovely feeling of charity, knowing that whomever bought this book would be slimmer and more practical because of it...

Creamy Vegetable Curry - page 136 of Practical Low Fat (available in the Louth branch of the British Heart Foundation...)

2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion - sliced
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground ginger - I used fresh, grated
1 tsp chopped fresh red chilli
2 garlic cloves - finely crushed
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tin of coconut milk
1 small cauliflower - broken into florets
2 carrots - sliced
1 potato - diced
1 tin of chickpeas
150ml thick natural yoghurt - I used 2 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp mango chutney
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

- heat the oil in a heavy pan and fry the onions until soft, then add all the spices, garlic and ginger and fry for a further minute

- add the tomatoes and coconut mil and stir well

- add the veg then cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes

- add the yoghurt or cream cheese

serve with whatever takes your fancy, eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. The joy of curries is that there are so many variations. A bit like stews . . .doh! I think people are put off by them because they think they take hours to cook . . . and clearly some are better the day after. But a speedy veg curry is a thing of beauty. (I'd add some hard boiled eggs too!)

  2. Hola encantada,llego desde muy lejos conociendo tu blog y me ha encantado,menudas recetas tan ricas!!Me quedo de seguidora,chao
    un saludo

  3. Funny must have been on the same wave length just finished a great lentil curry made by my son-in-law, will have to pass this great little recipe on to him so he can make it for me!! I love men who cook.

  4. Curry is, without doubt, the food of the gods. Splendid!

  5. Nope, I made the pickle all by myself, but using a recipe from mum's site, Mamta's Kitchen! :)

    Was it too hot for ya? It's bloomin' hot so it's too hot for many folks! :)

    If you did like it and want to make more, I blogged it a while back:

    x x x

  6. Dom; do you make your own curry powder sometimes? If not, you should - it is so much better than anything you can buy, and you can adjust the recipe to suit your tastes (and it makes the house smell lovely for several days afterwards!)

  7. My daughter loves to make curry Domm especially a nice veggie one

  8. I am a curry fiend and this looks great Dom! I have given a few cookbooks away as it happens, but not the one that I made my RR from! I am now all set to receive some new ones....hopefully from Santa if I have been good!

  9. I'd love to go buy your donated cookbook, but it would be a bit costly for me given that I live in the US of A. On the other hand, I don't use my curry, hardly ever. Why? Who knows.

  10. Oooo yum! that looks delicious!
    I love veg curry made with coconut milk - always put a few sprouts in ours ;-) got the idea from Ranis restaurant, OH's favourite eating place when we met.


  11. Yum!
    Ah, I bet it's not still in the Louth branch of the British Heart Foundation any more! Curries are so perfect at this time of year - it's the combination of the easiness in the run up to Christmas, the spices to clear the pies, and the cosy warmth. Had it 3 times last week (2 x homemade, 1 x naughty takeaway).

  12. Mmm! I love cauliflower with curry! It's funny. I always had cauliflower in that bland cream sauce growing up (sorry, Mom!), but the more I look around the more I find awesome recipes that do so much more with it! Yours included!

    And I love the idea of making my own curry powder, but lack the imagination to settle on measurements and the exact spices!

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  14. I so love the laides who help out in the charity shops ..... my son is helping out in our local Oxfam at the moment (the old ladies love him!!!) and they call themselves "the lovlies"!!!

    Yummy curry - looks great.

  15. Just the right time for a healthier meal. I definitely make curries regularly - in fact at certain times of my life it's taken an effort to remember to cook anything else.

  16. This look very good. I like it that you combine your own spices instead of using the very conveniant instant curry powder.

  17. Great looking curry. I love making curries, playing with the spices and waithg for the flavours to develop on your Tongue. GG

  18. This looks great. I love vegetable curries :) Great idea for random recipes this month especially as it's near Christmas and we are in the spirit of giving and sharing :)

  19. My favorite food.... of all time

  20. I adore curries.. I even made a tilapia curry just a few days ago. I will admit, though, I've never had a vegetable curry... it looks and sounds delicious!

  21. Great looking curry, feel like something spicy tonight so this will do the trick nicely, thanks! I have my random recipe, just need to put it together tomorrow then kindly donate the book in town straight after :-) x

  22. Love curry, love coconut milk - will be making something very similar tomorrow.

    Oh Dom, this is really bad, but time is running out and I don't know if I'm going to manage to enter RR again this month - just too much sorting out of the big C word to do without sorting through all my books too. Haven't quite given up, but suspect I might not make it :(

  23. Looks tasty - a winter warmer for when the weather's horrid. That said, I think your cookbook shelf is possibly breathing a sigh of relief now that Practical Low Fat has gone... And I'm sure there's some sort of appropriateness in donating a low fat cook book to the Heart Foundation!


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