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Quick & easy creamy meat-free korma recipe
Creamy sweet potato curry
This is a wonderful meat-free Indian-inspired dish. It takes only minutes to make and is SO very tasty. The secret ingredient is, believe it or not, ordinary Carnation evaporated milk.
Let me tell you the story
When I lived in Yorkshire, we ate curry at least two or three times a week. Once a week, it was always from the local Indian takeout and I particularly loved their korma. Usually, I was the one delegated to fetch the curry (it was about a mile away) which I really didn't mind - the place had an open kitchen and I'd watch carefully so that I could make the dishes at home. To my surprise, the secret ingredient in the korma was Carnation milk. I've used it ever since.
Store cupboard ingredients
I always have the following in my pantry - the korma paste, the milk and naan bread. This means that I can whip up a tasty curry at anytime. I can vary the fresh ingredients (although I considered the cilantro to be essential) depending on what's in the fridge. Even better, those three essential ingredients are available online so I can shop from my laptop.
Quick and easy
This meal takes about fifteen minutes in total to make but only about five minutes of that is actual preparation time. The quantities I've given below will feed two hungry (or greedy in our case) adults.
The ingredients you'll need
- 1 sweet potato - peeled and cubed
- 1 small yellow squash - peeled and cubed
- 1 medium onion - peeled and chopped
- 1 carrot - scraped and sliced
- 1 inch ginger root - peeled and finely chopped
- Half cup korma paste
- 1 cup Carnation milk
- Handful fresh cilantro - roughly chopped
- 1 tomato
- 1 plum
- Few cilantro leaves
- Chappati or naan bread
How to make this delicious, quick dish
- Heat the oil in a frying pan / skillet. When warmed through add the sweet potato and squash. Cook on a high heat for one minute then reduce the heat to medium/low.
- Add the onions and ginger, stir and cover. Allow these to cook until the sweet potato is tender - about 7 minutes.
- Add the sliced carrots and stir in the korma paste. Cook gently for one minute, then stir in the evaporated milk; continuing to stir until the paste and milk are well combined.
- Cook gently for a further 4 - 5 minutes.While the korma is simmering, cut the tomato and plum into wedges and heat the Indian bread.
- Serve the korma garnished with lots of cilantro with the plum / tomato side salad and the bread.
Here's the secret ingredient! I like to buy this bulk pack. It works out to be more economical and it's good to know that I have it in stock for whenever a curry-craving comes along.
Korma is a mild and creamy dish which makes it ideal as a 'beginner's curry'.
It isn't remotely hot - but it's a wonderfully delicate and flavorful blend.
You'll only need to use a fraction of the contents of this jar to make the meal above and the rest will keep in the fridge seemingly forever - although it doesn't get the chance here!
When I'm placing an order for Indian foods at Amazon,it's only sensible for me to order the side dishes I need too. These are absolutely delicious.
Sometimes we can buy vacuum-packed naan in our local supermarket - but not always. So I keep a few of these in the freezer. They are quick to heat and are delicious.
Curry - such a popular food
Curry is the most popular food in England today.Actually,I should refer to it as 'Indian-inspired' food as many people from India wouldn't recognise it as such. (Although there is no such word as 'curry' in India or Pakistan)
Indeed, many of England's most popular 'curry' dishes were actually developed in the UK. Others have been adapted from traditional dishes to suit the British taste.
This is somewhat akin to Chinese food in the United States evolving to suit the American favourite flavours.
Read more about this phenomenon
- England's most popular food
What is the most popular food in England? Is it fish & chips? Or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is no. They are popular but not as much as this...
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