This is based on the classic Mildreds Green bean and sweet potato curry. An intriguing dish which is surprisingly easy to pull off with aplomb. This will always pack a piquant punch at dinner parties, or make a wonderful winter warmer in front of the tv (or with valentines coming up, a way to impress that lucky someone?)
We often partner it with a simple pea pilaf – it adds a flash of colour and is fragrant without being overpowering, though the curry has more than enough flavour to serve with plain rice if you prefer. We also like to serve it with Garlic Rotis (recipe in our cookbook) and Tomato and Coconut Sambal (again, recipe in our cookbook). The rotis require alarmingly little effort to prepare and the mild, fresh flavours of the sambal bring a lovely acidic punch to the plate.
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SRI LANKAN SWEET POTATO AND CASHEW NUT CURRY
SERVES 6 –8
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut
into 4-cm (1.5-inch) chunks
1 large onion, diced
5-cm (2-inch) piece of fresh root ginger,
peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 green chillies, trimmed and chopped
12 fresh or frozen curry leaves
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
4 x 400ml (14fl oz) cans coconut cream
100g (3Voz) creamed coconut
1 tablespoon caster sugar
300g (10oz) basmati rice, washed
thoroughly and strained
400ml (14fl oz) boiling water
250g (8oz) roasted cashew nuts, to garnish
Garlic Rotis (cookbook)
Tomato & Coconut Sambal (cookbook)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Drizzle a little vegetable oil on to the base of a roasting tin. Add the sweet potato pieces, season with salt and mix together thoroughly. Roast for 15 minutes, until cooked through. Set aside.
Blend the onion, ginger, garlic and chillies together in a food processor to form a smooth paste.
Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan, add the curry leaves and fry quickly for 10–15 seconds, being careful not to burn them. Add the curry paste and fry for 6–8 minutes over a medium heat until toasted and fragrant. Add the turmeric, cinnamon and curry powder, season with salt and fry for a further 2–3 minutes, then stir in the coconut cream, creamed coconut and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the curry has thickened and reduced.
Now, cook the rice. Place the basmati in a saucepan, cover with the boiling water, bring back to the boil and simmer, covered, for 10–12 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the rice is tender.
Meanwhile, stir the cooked sweet potato into the curry and cook for a further 6–8 minutes until heated through. Spoon the curry into bowls, garnish with roasted cashew nuts and serve with the rice, Garlic Rotis and Tomato & Coconut Sambal.