Wednesday, 17 June 2015

PLANTAIN CURRY WITH LEMON & THYME RICE


Hopefully you've seen my previous post where I review the North African spice paste by 'spiced!'. If not, you can check it out here for more of an introduction to the brand.

For this curry recipe, I used the Caribbean spice paste. With the sweet undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg in the mix, I thought it would be perfect paired with sweet plantain. To contrast all the sweetness though, I added some scotch bonnet peppers to give it some heat. The lemon and thyme rice has that kick of acidity. Put it all together and you've got a mind-numbingly exciting taste explosion. All I can say is that this curry has become an instant favourite.

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Ingredients
- 1 ripe plantain (diced)
- 2 tbsp coconut flour (or corn flour)
- 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1/2 red onion (chopped)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
- 3 tbsp spiced! Caribbean Spice Paste
- 1 tin coconut milk
- 1-2 scotch bonnet peppers (halved)
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas or beans
- salt to taste
- spring onions (chopped; to garnish)
- coconut chips (optional)

For the lemon & thyme rice:
- golden basmati rice
- pinch of turmeric
- juice and zest of 2 lemons
- 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme

Start by coating the diced plantain in coconut flour or corn flour.

Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan and add the chopped red onion, yellow bell pepper and coated plantain, along with the Caribbean spice paste. Stir continuously for a minute or so to cook off the spices and brown the plantain a little.

Add the tin of coconut milk and when it comes to a boil, add the scotch bonnet pepper and chickpeas/beans. Season with salt.

Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes. The coconut flour should help thicken the curry slightly. 

Finish with a generous handful of chopped spring onions. For some extra crunch, you can also add a handful of coconut chips. I used Nudie Snacks coconut chips.

To make the lemon & thyme rice, cook rice as normal and add the turmeric, lemon juice/zest and thyme.




8 comments:

  1. Looks delicious.
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  2. omg... i just died and went to haven. please gimme small
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  3. Looks good! When will be able to cook like this ehn?Anyways just found your blog! Love!

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  4. OMG that looks so freaking yum!!!

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    1. It is extreeemely yum! Thanks Berry! :)

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