Wednesday 2 May 2012

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Aubergine and Green Bean Curry

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If you follow this blog then you will have noticed that I have been trying quite a few recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg Everyday cookbook. The Aubergine and Green Bean Curry is the latest one I have tried and once again it confirms to me what a great cookbook this is.

I had seven friends round for dinner on Monday and rather than just making one huge curry I made three different ones, a Chana Dhal, Muttar Paneer and the Aubergine and Green Bean one. I think they all went down equally well and different people had different favourites.


Now the original recipe can be found here, but below is my adaptation. I stuck with the ingredients and measurement, but only made one portion of curry paste (rather than making double and freezing half). The more important change I made though was the aubergine prep. The thought of frying five large aubergines in batches, as suggested in the original recipe, filled me with dread. I knew I'd be bored before I even got into the real cooking, so after chopping them I simply put them in the oven and roasted them instead. Easy-peasy, little effort and I'm sure just as good.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Aubergine and Green Bean Curry (serves 6-8)

5 large aubergines (eggplants)
olive oil for drizzling
400ml coconut milk
300ml good quality tomato passata
300g green beans, topped and tailed 

For the curry paste:
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 shallots, roughly chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped
2 hearts of lemongrass, chopped
2-3 green chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric

For the raita:
3 tsp mango chutney
8 tbsp plain yogurt
fresh coriander (cilantro), to garnish

Optional: Some crushed toasted cashew nuts or almonds to serve.

Preheat your oven to 190C/Gas 5/375F.

Cut the aubergines in half lengthways and divide each half into four again. Then cut all the long strips in half, so that you get 16 wedges from each aubergine.

Spread them out into a single layer on a large baking tray (I had two trays full), drizzle generously with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and roast for 30 minute, until starting to brown.

Whilst the aubergines are roasting, put the garlic, shallots, ginger, lemon grass, chillies, ground coriander, ground cumin and turmeric in a food processor. Add a tablespoon or so of water and blitz until you have a smooth paste.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a large saucepan and fry the curry paste for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously.

Add the roast aubergines and stir until they are well covered with the paste.

Add the coconut milk and tomato passata, stir until well combined and bring to a simmer.

Add the green beans and continue to simmer for 15 minutes or so. You want the beans to be tender but still have a little bit. The aubergines will break apart a bit, but it just adds to the richness and texture of the sauce.

Serve with rice and/or chapatis.

If you like top with some toasted cashew nuts or almonds. It adds a lovely bit of sweetness and crunch.

Combine the mango chutney and yoghurt in a small serving bowl. Sprinkle with some chopped coriander and serve alongside the curry.



ExpatCentral said...

Thanks for this, and the photos! It looks delicious.

I have to return my copy to the library this weekend, crap it all - the hubby and I are going to have to buy it so our RC Everyday doesn't get lonely!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely recipe - fabulous flavors with those delicious spices
Mary x