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Thai pumpkin curry

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Vegetarian mains

Thai pumpkin curry

Main Serves 4 1h
A vegan dish which stands alone as a midweek main course, or as a side dish that's good with meat or fish. Eat with heaps of jasmine rice. Bruise the lemongrass by bashing it with a rolling pin to release the aromatic flavour. If you don't fancy making the Thai curry paste, you can buy it ready made.

Ingredients

for the Thai curry paste

  • 1 small red or white onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, minced
  • 2 red chillies
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (if not vegetarian use thai fish sauce)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk

for the curry

  • 2 tbsp oil for frying, e.g. vegetable or sunflower
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 tbsp Thai curry paste
  • 1kg pumpkin or squash flesh, diced
  • 350ml coconut milk
  • 200ml veg stock
  • zest of ½ lime
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
  • handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Method

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 40 min

To make the curry paste

  • Step 1

    blitz all the ingredients except the coconut milk in a food processor for a minute or two to combine.
  • Step 2

    Add the coconut milk and blitz again until you have a smooth paste (add a little more coconut milk or water to thin a little if necessary).

For the curry

  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large pan or wok. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the curry paste and pumpkin or squash. Fry gently for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Step 2

    Add the coconut milk, stock, lime zest and lemongrass.
  • Step 3

    Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender, stirring every now and then. Season with to taste.
  • Step 4

    Add the chopped coriander leaves, stir and serve with rice.

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