Vegetable chettinad

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Serves 4.

225g mixed peppers
25g cauliflower
75g fine bean
75g carrot
60g peas
60g onion
1 can chopped tomatoes
30ml coconut oil
10ml olive oil
3g curry leaves
5g green chillies
10g garlic, peeled
10g ginger, peeled
25g tomato paste
3g hot chilli powder
4g ground turmeric
2g ground black pepper
3g ground coriander
2g cooking salt
210ml coconut milk
25ml cold water
1g fennel seeds
2g poppy seeds
1g coriander seeds
1g cumin seeds
4g chettinad spice mix

Adults need around 2000Kcal/8400kJ a day
Typical values per portion: Energy 375Kcal/1568kJ

  1. For the chettinad masala, combine the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, poppy seeds and cumin seeds in a pan, dry roast for 3 minutes, then grind.

  2. Peel, halve and finely chop the onion. Blend the tomatoes. Puree the garlic cloves and ginger. Trim the green chillies, deseed, and blend. Halve and core the peppers, cut to 2.5cm pieces. Trim the cauliflowers, cut into florets, blanch for 3 minutes in boiling water, then refresh. Top the carrots, peel, dice to 1.5cm, then blanch in boiling water for 5 mins, then refresh.

  3. Heat the coconut and olive oils in a pan on a medium heat. Add the curry leaves and once sizzling, add the onion. Once the onions are caramelised add the green chilli paste, then the ginger and garlic pastes, cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add the blended tomatoes, the tomato paste, chilli powder, turmeric, black pepper, ground coriander, salt and chettinad spice mix.

  5. Cook the masala out for 8 minutes until it splits at the edge. Then add all the vegetables together, coat well in the sauce, then add the coconut milk and water as needed, mix gently.

  6. Cook for a final 3-5 minutes until the vegetables are cooked, then remove from the heat and serve.