324. Keralan Veggie Curry, Poppadoms, Rice & Minty Yoghurt (Jamie's 15 Minute Meals, page 228)
I've never grilled cauliflower before. It seemed kind of strange, but what the heck, so did adding pineapple to curry, and I was game to try that. So I put my rice on to boil with about 10 whole cloves and a half a lemon. I decided to use coconut oil in place of rapeseed oil for the curry. It's supposed to be healthy, and the flavour worked in this situation. So while my rice & cauliflower were cooking, I added the oil to a large soup pot with mustard & fenugreek seeds, ground turmeric & dried curry leaves. The next step called for blitzing the aromatics in the food processor. Well, apparently I was just not quick enough to be able to do that before the seeds started burning. So I removed the pot from the heat while I prepared the garlic, chile, green onions, ginger & cilantro stalks. The spices looked awfully dark but they didn't smell too bad, so I turned the burner back on and added the aromatics.
At this point the rice looked done so I turned it and the cauliflower off. I added the wet ingredients to the curry: tomatoes, canned chick peas, canned pineapple (with juice), and coconut milk (but I used plain soy milk instead). Then I went in with the cauliflower pieces and covered with a lid to boil for a few minutes, while I made my minted yogurt. Luckily I had some fresh mint to work with, so I used a pestle & mortar to grind it up. I added plain Greek yogurt & lemon juice, and seasoned with salt. I didn't set a timer but I probably made this in under half an hour. No way it was 15 minutes though.
After I removed the curry from the heat, I added lemon juice & salt to season, and decorated with cilantro leaves. I layered up a plate with rice, curry & yogurt and dug right in. I was really pleased and surprised with how well the flavours went together! I mean, cloves, mint, & pineapple on top of the Keralan curry flavours that I've used in the past....it was delicious. I love discovering new flavour combinations. I even fed a bowl to my son when he came in and he enjoyed it as well. I love that he is branching out a bit. Now the other two, forget about it. They wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. :p However, I have a portion today for lunch and I am really looking forward to it!
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