Embrace the onset of autumn with this fragrant vegan curry that is perfect for an easy week-night supper. Creamy and comforting, it’s perfect with basmati rice or served alongside roast chicken. Whether you eat the chilli garnish depends on how brave you are feeling! For those who cannot imagine curry without a beer, Bottle Apostle provide some ingenious pairings.
Ingredients (Serves 1–2)
- A big bunch of kale, spines removed
- ½ cup of coconut milk (the thick cream only)
- A handful of pine nuts
- A handful of sultanas
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½–1 tsp chilli powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2–3 fresh mild red chillies
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- 1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
- Grind the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and mustard seeds to a fine powder using a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar. Set aside.
- Melt 2 tsp of coconut oil in a heavy medium-sized pan, then fry the garlic, pine nuts, chilli powder and turmeric for a few minutes on a medium heat.
- Add the kale and the sultanas, turn the heat down to low, put a lid on and sweat the kale for a few minutes.
- Add half a cup of water, the maple syrup and the coconut milk and stir through. Next add the ground coconut mixture and stir through again, then simmer for about five minutes.
- Meanwhile heat up ½ cup of coconut oil in a small frying pan and fry the ginger sticks until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.
- Tip out most of the hot oil into a ceramic bowl (you can use it again) and put the pan back on the heat. Add the mustard seeds and chillies and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Put the kale into a bowl or on plates, tip the fried mustard seeds, chillies and oil over the top and garnish with the fried ginger.
Beer pairings from Bottle Apostle
Beers go well with this wonderful curry, our local Primrose Hill beer experts Bottle Apostle recommend…
- Partizan Lemongrass Saison (3.8%, 330ml, £2.50)
- Five Points XPA (4%, 330ml, £2.10)
- Yeastie Boys Anticipation Japanese Rice Beer (5.4%, 330ml, £2.50)
Photo credit: Photo by Anna Paolozzi