For when your husband comes home with a random cauliflower. It is a longish list of ingredients, but it is very very good.
- 1 small to medium cauliflower
- 100g creamed coconut
- 2 tsp salt
- 100g tomatoes
- 2.5cm cube of fresh ginger
- 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 2.5cm cinnamon stick
- 1 medium onion
- 2 hot green chillies
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 6 curry leaves
- 2 medium potatoes
- 4 eggs (optional – leave these out for a vegan version)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
Prepare all the ingredients.
- Boil the potatoes, then cool, peel and chop them into 2cm dice.
- Separate the cauliflower into small florets, about 2cm across at the top. Cook the florets for a minute in boiling water, then drain and rinse in cold water.
- Pour 500ml boiling water onto the creamed coconut, and stir so it is all melted in.
- Peel and chop the tomatoes.
- chop the ginger and garlic, and put them into a small blender with a spoonful of water, and blend until smooth.
- Finely chop the onion
- Finely chop the chilli peppers
- Boil, cool and peel the eggs and cut in half.
Next, start assembling the dish.
- In a wok or large deep frying pan, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the fenugreek seeds and then the cinnamon stick.
- After a couple of seconds, add the chopped onion, and turn the heat to medium, stirring and cooking for a couple of minutes.
- Add the ginger and garlic mixture, and the chopped chilli peppers. Cook for another minute.
- Add the tomatoes, turmeric and curry leaves. Cook for another couple of minutes.
- Add about a third of the coconut milk, turn the heat to low, and simmer. As the sauce reduces, keep an eye and stir from time to time so it doesn’t stick.
- Add the potatoes, cauliflower, 1.5 tsp salt, another third of the coconut milk, stir and bring to a simmer.
- Add the rest of the coconut milk and the lemon juice, stir and then put the eggs in carefully, spooning the sauce over the eggs. Cover and simmer for a few more minutes.
- Sprinkle with garam masala before serving.
This is good with flat breads such as chapati or roti.