Curried Vegetables

Curried Vegetables

On a cold winter day, a bowl of curried veggies can really warm you up. There is something about curried dishes that always feel like comfort food to me. The flavor and fragrance of curry always warms me up.

This dish is really a simple one to make. I just sauteed some veggies, then added curry powder and let them all cook together until the veggies got tender. I wouldn’t call it a stew- there is no added liquid, sauce or gravy. Feel free to use the veggies you have around. I used what I have and what I like.

Curry is one of those flavors people seem to love or hate. I am a curry lover. Curry is a blend of spices, so it may vary from one recipe to the next. Depending on the ingredients used, curry can be mild (sweet) or hot. You can buy curry powder at most grocery stores, but the selection will be better at stores that carry international foods. I actually prefer to make my own curry powder. That way I can adjust the seasonings to my taste preference. A recipe for homemade curry powder follows the recipe for the curried veggies.

This dish can be a side dish, a main dish, served on its own or spooned over rice or pasta.

Here is the recipe. Hope you give it a try.

Curried Vegetables

3-4 T. oil – I like avocado oil

1 large onion, cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

2 ribs celery, trimmed and cut into chunks

2 c. chopped cabbage

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks

1 sweet red pepper, seeded and cut into chunks

1 sweet yellow pepper, seeded and cut into chunks

salt to taste

1-2 T. curry powder –recipe follows

1/4 t. cloves

Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion and saute until tender. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and cabbage and cook until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients and cook, covered, over low heat until all vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add more curry powder if you like. Serves 6-8.

Curry Powder

2 t. ground cumin

2 t. ground coriander

2 t. ground turmeric

1 t. nutmeg

1 t. salt

½ t. cinnamon

¼ t. cayenne pepper

¼ t. ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in a cool dry place.

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Soup

This may be one of my favorite soups yet. Creamy and flavorful it was a big hit at dinner last night. This recipe was inspired by what I had on hand and a dinner planned with friends. It started with this enormous cauliflower I had picked up at a produce market. I knew I wanted to use it. I had thought of just roasting it and having it as a side. I also knew we needed a soup for dinner. Ended up roasting the cauliflower anyway but using it as part of the soup.  Added other veggies for color as well as flavor. I also made sure to get it really smooth. I used an immersion blender but it could have been processed in a blender.  We topped it with croutons, but it could be served without, if you prefer.



Roasted Curry Cauliflower Soup

3 onions, peeled and sliced
1 large cauliflower, cut into flowerets
3 T. oil
6 c. stock- chicken or veggie- or more if needed
2 medium or 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can ( 13.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 c. half and half- or more coconut milk, if you prefer
2 T. curry powder
2 t. turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degree. Place onions in and cauliflower in roasting pan and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle on some salt and place in oven. Roast until veggies are turning golden brown, stirring occasionally. This will take about 20-30 minutes. Place cauliflower mixture in a crock pot and add the stock and other vegetables and cook on high for at least 4 hours. Add remaining ingredients and puree soup until smooth. Adjust seasonings. You can add more stock if soup is too thick. Serve as is or top with croutons when serving. Serves 6-8.

Curried Coconut Sauce

Curried Coconut Sauce

Curried Coconut Sauce

Since I had some leftover coconut milk from making peanut sauce the other day I wanted to use it in a sauce. I looked around my fridge and pantry to see what was available and came up with this sauce. I had some carrots and other veggies and added them to the mix along with some curry powder. I ended up having some of the sauce with roasted chicken. Very tasty.



Curried Coconut Sauce 

2 T. oil

1/2 c. chopped shallots

1 1/2 c. sliced carrots

1 c. chopped sweet pepper

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 qt. vegetable stock- or use whatever you have

1 1/2 c. coconut milk

2 tablespoons curry powder

salt to taste

Heat oil in a medium saucepan and saute the shallots until tender. Add the veggies and cook a few minutes more. Add the stock and cook on medium high heat until most of the liquid has cooked off. Add the coconut milk and curry powder and puree until smooth. Add salt, if needed.  Serve sauce with pasta, rice, meats or cooked veggies.

Chicken with Curried Coconut Sauce

Chicken with Curried Coconut Sauce

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