Keralan Coconut Curry with Sorrel Courgette Raita
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Spicy coconut bathed veg with fluffy naans and cooling courgette raita will transport you to the beaches of south India.
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894 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150g yogurt
  • 1 courgette
  • 35g cashews
  • 300g carrots
  • A head of broccoli
  • A handful of sorrel
  • A handful of coriander
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1 lime
From your kitchen
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 50 ml water
You'll need
  • Grater
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Small food blender
  • Pan with a lid
  • Small bowl
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Sift the flour into a bowl with 1 tsp baking powder. Add 1 tbsp oil, half the pot of yogurt and 50ml water. Stir to make a dough, then knead for 8-10 mins. Pop back in the bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rest while you make the curry.

  • 2.

    Coarsely grate the courgette. Tip into a sieve, toss with a pinch of salt and set over a bowl to drain. Tip the cashews into a pan. Toast over a medium heat for 3-4 mins till golden. Tip into a small bowl and turn the heat off.

  • 3.

    Peel and slice the carrots. Separate the broccoli into small florets and slice the stalk thinly. Peel and halve the onion. Roughly chop one half. Thickly slice the other half.

  • 4.

    Peel and grate the ginger and garlic. Halve the chilli. Remove the seeds if you prefer. Chop the coriander stalks (keep the leaves for later). Put the ginger, garlic, chopped onion, chilli and coriander stalks into a small food blender. Whizz to make a rough curry paste. No processor? Finely chop or grate all the paste ingredients and mix together.

  • 5.

    Heat a pan with ½ tbsp oil and add the sliced onion and curry paste. Cook for 5 mins till the onion is just softened. Stir in 1 tsp curry powder, the coconut milk, and carrots. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 5 mins. Add the broccoli, cover and simmer for 6-8 mins or till all the veg are just cooked. Add a splash of water if needed.

  • 6.

    Squeeze any excess water from the courgette using your hands. Shred the sorrel leaves. Zest half the lime. Mix together in a bowl with the remaining yogurt to make a raita. Cut the rest of the lime into wedges.

  • 7.

    Heat a frying pan. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and press into flat naan breads. Cook each naan for a few mins on each side till golden brown. Serve the curry in bowls, topped with the toasted cashews, coriander leaves and a lime wedge each. Serve the naans and raita on the side.

  • Tip

    Pulse it
    No food processor? Just chop or grate all the curry paste ingredients finely. Mix together. It might be slightly chunkier but just as delicious.