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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Aubergine, butter beans and pea curry

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Canned chopped tomatoes are one of my favourite store cupboard essential. There's always at least 4 tins sitting patiently in the larder, waiting for me to use them. Pasta sauce, salsas, curries are some of my fave ways of cooking with them and today, it's the day of the quick curry!
Feel free to use the basic curry base with whatever ingredients you like and on this occasion, i've chosen to use aubergine, butter beans and pea. I've previously used sweet potatoes, spinach, chickpeas for a delicious and easy dish too! 
So what's your favourite store cupboard essential?
Ingredients (Inspired from Love Food Eat)
1 big thumb of ginger
3 cloves of garlic
1 shallot
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 tablespoon of tumeric
1 tin of canned chopped tomatoes
1/2 tin of coconut milk
1 aubergine (chopped into big chunks)
1 tin of butter beans
1 cup of frozen peas (thawed)
2 tablespoon of oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Coriander to garnish

Method
1) Place ginger, garlic, shallot, curry powder, tumeric and chopped tomatoes into a blender. Blend them all up into a smooth paste.
2) Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot and cook the paste for a few minutes until fragrant.
3) Add coconut milk and aubergine. Simmer until aubergine is soft.
4) Add butter beans and cook for about 1 min.
5) Finally add the peas and cook for a further 2 mins.
6) Season to taste. Garnish with coriander and serve.

25 comments:

  1. mine would be... creamed sweetcorn :D

    Yummy yummy yummy .. I have curry in my tummy :P

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    1. I wouldn't mind having some of those too, if only i could find it! Maybe I should lug a few cans back when i next make a trip back to SG! haha

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  2. This looks incredibly good. I keep tins of tomatoes too. and coconut milk or cream.

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    1. Thanks Maureen. Looks like you have the essential to make a nice curry too!

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  3. that is one gorgeous curry! aubergines couldnt have looked better!

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  4. I like one-pot curry of veggies. In such cases, I usually don't miss the meat!

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  5. I haven't had curry in a long time! You've had me craving for some now! My favourite store essential is coconut milk because I use it for savouries and desserts :) Love the ornate little bowl you used...so pretty. And your curry looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Fern. I hope you made some to satisfy your craving! :)

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  6. It looks so gorgeous! I want a curry! Now! (Sadly I don't have the courage to make one tonight...)
    I have so many store essentials, my kitchen will explode one day! Frankly, Japanese soy sauce I buy in 1 liter bottles is something I couldn't survive without even for one day. I buy now the low-sodium because I tend to use it too much.

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    1. Thanks Sissi! 1 litre bottle of soy sauce! Woah! That's a lot! How long do you take to finish a bottle? Low sodium definitely sounds like a good idea! ;)

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    2. I think we buy a bottle every three weeks... We cook a lot of Japanese and some vaguely Asian stir-fries which also include soy sauce. I also tend to replace salt in some European dishes by soy sauce.

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  7. I don't see butter beans in many recipes. I love butter beans! Great combination of vegetables and flavors! Have a great week!

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    1. Butter beans has been making an appearance in our home recently. It's a great ingredient to use! Hope your week has been going well MJ!

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  8. Oh I remember this recipe one from Chinmayie's site! How scrumptious this curry looks! I love eggplant in curry. It soaks up all the yummy flavors and I don't need any meat as long as I have enough eggplant pieces in it. Your version looks as delicious as Chimayie's. I LOVE your styling Sylvia!

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    1. Thanks Nami! Yes, this is one dish where I don't miss having meat much!

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  9. Woww.. looks super tempting and perfect.. lovely step by step pictures..

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  10. Beautiful dish, and beautiful photography!

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  11. That looks incredible, amazing photos!

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