Want to know something that bothers me about British English?
I actually hate how they call ANY Indian dish a curry.
How inaccurate is that?
Curry is a spice.
A spice Indians don’t use in their cooking.
There you have it.
When Sebastian and I were in London, we went to an Indian borough to eat one night. As we walked down the street, the restaurant workers were calling to potential customers saying, “Hungry for a curry tonight?”
I wanted to stop in the middle of the street and have a ‘be true to yourself and your food-culture identity’ conversation, but alas, I didn’t.
We went in to a restaurant, ate the most bland ‘Indian’ meal of my life and then realized why these British Indians could call their food a curry.
It wasn’t really Indian at all. It was British-ized and appropriately called by another name, a curry.
Anyways, tonight I made a curry.
An unauthentic, super simple Indian-ish dish.
Surprisingly, it was good enough to share with you!
Easy Vegetable Coconut Curry
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 Tbsp. curry paste (I used korma)
About 2-3 lbs of whatever veggies you need to use up
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
Fresh cilantro to garnish
- Prepare your veggies into bite sized pieces. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan and fry the onions and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add the curry paste and continue to fry for another minute.
- Stir in the vegetables and fry for 2-3 minutes before adding the tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked. Garnish and serve with rice or naan.
I can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
What is your favorite Indian recipe?
Do you call it a curry, too?