Easy, Everyday Curry
A couple of days ago, I had a friend and her daughter coming over for lunch, and wanted to make something that was hearty yet not too heavy. A perfect fall meal. My go-to dish whenever I’m in that kind of mood is to make a curry of some sort. It’s so versatile, easy and yummy. Best of all, I can use whatever I’ve got lying around in the house so it doesn’t require much planning. Before my friend arrived, I was kinda nervous about whether her daughter would like the curry or not. Turns out she did. Both my friend and her daughter ate a TON, AND even took home the leftovers. Winner! As with any curry, you can adjust the amount of spices according to your taste. I made this version, which is pretty mild, so if you want spicy, then simply add more cayenne.
- 5-6 medium white potatoes, cubed – or can substitute squash, sweet potato, turnips or rutabaga
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 yellow onions, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (1 inch) piece ginger root, peeled (frozen ginger is MUCH easier to work with)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 4 teaspoons curry powder
- 4 teaspoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspons Vegeta or 1 teaspoon chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 cups frozen peas
- Saute onions, garlic and potatoes in oil until onions are slightly translucent, around 2-3 minutes.
- Using a microplane, grate in the ginger and add the cumin, cayenne, curry powder and garam masala. Saute until the spices are lightly toasted, around 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes, coconut milk, and chickpeas, salt, sugar and Vegeta.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, stirring every few minutes. Cook until potatoes are tender and fork tender, around 30 minutes.
- When potatoes are almost cooked through, add ketchup and frozen peas. Cook for another 5 minutes, until peas have warmed through. Adjust seasonings as required.
- Voila! It’s that easy!
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