Curried peas and carrots

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Peas and carrots are a standard dish in most people’s cooking repertoire. Here they are raised to new levels with spicing. I use a small green bird’s eye chili but a serrano would also be fine. You can make this flavourful curry as hot as you wish.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

 

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups chopped onions

1 teaspoon finely chopped green chili, seeds removed if preferred

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger

1 teaspoon cumin powder

¼ teaspoon coriander powder

¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne, or more to taste

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

½ cup water

1 small tomato, chopped

1 cup diced carrots

2 cups peas, fresh or frozen

Salt to taste

 

METHOD

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 20 minutes. Add green chili, garlic and ginger. Sauté for 2 minutes longer or until softened. Add cumin, coriander, chili powder and cumin seeds and sauté for 2 minutes to release flavours.

Add water and tomato and continue to cook on low 3 minutes longer or until spices no longer taste raw. Water should bubble slightly. Add carrots, cover skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add peas and cook a few minutes longer or until tender. Add salt to taste. Serve with the lamb.