Plant Based Meals

Vegetarian Turmeric Curry

This is a delicious curry, warming and tasty.  Perfect for a winters dinner!

 

INGREDIENTS 

 

1/2 pumpkin, skin removed and flesh cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 red onion

2cm x 4cm piece of fresh turmeric, grated

4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 lemongrass stalk, use white end only, grated on microplane

6 kaffir lime leaves, discard stem and finely slice

1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 can coconut cream

1 can chickpeas, including brine

2 capsicums, sliced into strips

200g green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces

1 courgette, chopped

 

Topping :

1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped

2-3 tablespoons crispy shallots

 

To Serve :

Rice (a healthy option is wild rice or brown rice) 

 

 

METHOD

 

Heat oven to 180C

 

Place pumpkin and cauliflower pieces on a roasting tray, add olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is cooked.  Remove from the oven when done.

 

While the vegetables are roasting, heat the coconut oil in a pan, add onion and sauté gently for 2 minutes.  Add the turmeric, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and 1/2 of the chilli.  Stir for a minute to release the fragrance.

 

Add the roasted vegetables and stir for a further minute.  Add the coconut cream, chickpeas and brine and bring to a gentle simmer.  Add capsicum, beans and courgette and cook for a further 5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked to your liking.

 

Mix together the coriander and crispy shallots in a small bowl, fold in the remaining chilli.

 

Put the curry in a large serving bowl or patter and top with the crispy topping.

Serve with rice.

 

 

Although there are many delicious vegetables in this above curry, I am going to give you a little information about CAULIFLOWER!

CAULIFLOWER is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fibre and B-Vitamins.  It provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against heart disease some cancers.  The fibre is important because it feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut that helps to reduce inflammation and promotes good digestive health.  Cauliflower contains high amounts of vitamin C,  which acts as an antioxidant to boost the immune system.