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Massaman curry

Massaman curry

With aubergine, butternut and lentil

Curry ingredients

  1. 1 onion, finely chopped
  2. 2 aubergines, approx 600 g, chopped into 1-2 cm cubes
  3. 650 g butternut squash, approx 600 g, peeled and chopped into roughly 3cm cubes
  4. 100 g red lentils, rinsed and drained
  5. 500 g vegetable stock
  6. 400 ml can organic coconut milk
  7. 1 tsp ground cumin
  8. 2 tsp ground coriander
  9. 1 tsp ground turmeric
  10. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp sea salt

Ingredients for the infused cooking oil

  1. 80 ml liquid coconut oil
  2. 12 cloves
  3. 4 star anise
  4. 1 tsp dried chilli flakes

Curry paste ingredients

  1. 20 g unsalted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  2. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. 4 cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  4. 2 red chillies, seeds in, finely chopped
  5. 1 banana shallot, or small red onion, finely chopped
  6. 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, finely chopped
  7. juice of 1 lime
  8. 25 g red miso paste
  9. 1/2 tsp sea salt

Serving ingredients

  1. steamed or boiled Jasmine rice
  2. 10g fresh coriander, finely chopped
  3. 10 g unsalted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Pictured ingredients to make massaman curry
Pictured ingredients to make massaman curry

Method to make the Massaman curry:

  1. First make the infused oil. Pour the liquid coconut oil into a large pan or wok and place over a high heat. As soon as the oil begins to shimmer, remove from the heat and add the star anise, cloves and dried chilli flakes. They will immediately begin to bubble and fizz. Stir to combine then leave to cool and infuse for at least thirty minutes before straining the oil through a muslin cloth or fine sieve. Set this strained infused oil to one side.
  2. For the curry paste, place the peanuts, lime juice, miso paste, garlic, ginger, chilli, shallot, lemongrass, cinnamon and sea salt into a blender or pestle and mortar and grind or process until the ingredients are blended into a paste.
  3. Clean the wok, place over medium heat and pour in 2 tablespoons of the infused oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the aubergines, along with the remaining oil and stir in three tablespoons of the curry paste (the remaining curry paste can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge). Stir fry for five minutes, then add the cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and cinnamon. Stir to combine, then add the butternut squash, lentils, vegetable stock, sea salt and the coconut milk. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat enough to maintain a gentle simmer and cook for 35-40 minutes, stirring every so often, or until the aubergine is completely soft.
  4. Remove the curry from the heat and serve immediately, accompanied by jasmine rice and scattered with some finely chopped fresh coriander and chopped peanuts.

Pictured ingredients to make massaman curry
Pictured ingredients to make massaman curry

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Recipe & photo from Steve Dent AKA The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen