Mild Peanut and Coconut Milk Curry

This delicious recipe is brought to you by our friend Helen at The Big Wide World and Me. Cooking from humble kitchen, Helen’s passionate about cutting food waste & creating simple yet yummy recipes for everyone to indulge in! Check out her blog and Instagram (@thebigwideworldandme) to see more…

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Ingredients: Serves 6

  •  1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  •  1 Tbsp olive oil
  •  1 tin/400ml chopped tomatoes
  •  2 Tbsp tomato puree
  •  1 Tbsp cornflour
  •  large handful/30g basil, chopped
  •  squeeze of lemon juice
  •  (optional) 1 tsp maple syrup
  •  salt and pepper
  •  450g carrots, chopped into rounds
  •  3 medium courgettes, chopped into half moons
  •  2 tins/800ml coconut milk
  •  1 Tbsp ground turmeric
  •  1 Tbsp ground coriander
  •  2 Tbsp garlic powder (or substitute for cloves)
  •  ¾ cup/155g moong dal (dried yellow split peas)
  •  1 tin/400g chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  •  ½ cup/130g peanut butter
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Method

1.      Heat the olive in a large saucepan on a low heat and then gently sauté the onion for 5 minutes.

2.     Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, cornflour, basil, lemon juice, maple (if using) and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.

3.     Next add the carrots and courgettes, followed by the coconut milk, turmeric, coriander, garlic powder and moong dal. Bring up to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes – until the moong dal and vegetables are tender and ready to eat. Stir regularly during cooking to stop the dal sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4.     Add the chickpeas and peanut butter and stir through, until combined and piping hot.

5.     Serve with rice. If you’re feeling fancy, you could sprinkle some crushed roasted peanuts on top!

DEEPAK RAVINDRAN