This is my take on curry made with whatever seasonal vegetables I have, coconut milk or coconut cream (depending on how decadent I’m feeling), some raisins and an apple for a bite of sweetness and warm spices that are perfect for a chilly day. About 5 years ago, I ate a coconut curry at the Drift Inn in Yachats, Oregon that had raisins and toasted coconut and pear. That dish has stuck with me ever since because of the balance of sweet and spicy that made it so comforting and it’s been an inspiration for my curry-making ever since. My version has more vegetables and I don’t use toasted coconut, though you certainly could throw some in at the end. I almost hesitate to call this curry because it doesn’t have actual curry powder in it, yet it has many of the spices that make up curry powder, so I figure that counts for something! Mostly it is something simple, inexpensive and unique that I wanted to share as autumn settles in. I think the vibrant color of the turmeric must work as a replacement for vitamin D for the day!
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
4 yukon gold or ozette fingerling potatoes, cut into half moons
4 medium carrots, cut into half moons
3 small zucchini and/or pattypan squash, cut into half moons
1 medium fuji apple, peeled and diced
1/4 tsp. chili flakes
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
1/3 cup thompson or golden raisins
1 can coconut milk or coconut cream
1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts (optional)
2-3 cups cooked rice or quinoa
Melt oil in a large frying pan. Sauté onions 5 minutes. Add potatoes, carrots, and zucchini and cook, covered, over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the apple and the spices (through salt) and the raisins and stir well. Cover and let cook 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk or cream (milk if you want a lighter dish, though I really suggest you go for it with the cream because it’s just that good) and cook, uncovered for another five minutes. Stir in the walnuts and taste to see if you need to adjust the spices. It might need more salt or you might like it a little spicier than I do. Poke a potato with a fork to see if it’s tender. If not, turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered for 5-10 more minutes until potatoes are tender.
Serve over rice or quinoa. Make sure to serve this dish piping hot.