Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spicy Ratatouille Curry (Throwback Thursday)

Picture from 2011
I love vegetables and ratatouille is a dish that really knows how to give a big bang for your vegetable buck.   It incorporates a lot of my favorite vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers.   This is my curried version of this classic french dish.  

Note:  Throwback Thursday is a new series where I take some of my original posts here on  Curry and Comfort and redo them so I can take better photos.

1 medium eggplant (aubergine) cubed
2 medium zucchini (courgettes) cubed
1/2 lb  mushrooms sliced
1 large red bell pepper
1 large leek sliced (optional)
10-15 curry leaves
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves garlic grated or minced
1 inch ginger grated
1-2 tsp curry powder
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 Tbs of chili powder/cayenne powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
sprinkle of sugar (optional)
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup coconut milk (or cow's milk)

Slice and cube the veggies into bite size pieces.  Note: You can salt and sprinkle some turmeric on the eggplant and allow to sit a few minutes for extra flavor.

To start making your curry, you will need to get a very large pan or wok.  Heat it on med-high heat and add 2 Tbs of canola oil.  When the oil is heated add curry leaves, cinnamon stick, cumin, fenugreek and mustard seeds. Then fry ingredients for about 30-45 seconds until fragrant.  Careful not to burn the seeds or they will become bitter.  Next add the onion, garlic, ginger, chilies and a little salt. Fry until onions begin to soften.
Next add the cut up veggies and saute for several minutes. Then add your dry spices, salt and mix well.  Add water, diced tomatoes  and cook until vegetables are cooked to your desired tenderness.

Finally add the milk (of your choice) and taste for salt and seasoning and simmer for a few more minutes.  Serve with rice and other curries like lentils.

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  1. Oh, how I love ratatouille! And now I have a delicious new version to try :)

  2. That sounds really good, love curries!

  3. Ooooo...a curry version...what a tasty idea. I love this recipe.

  4. Me loves!! Love the heat, the veggies, everything about this!

  5. I really loved how this curry turned out for me. This dish will be a regular on my culinary playlist. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. Hope you try and enjoy the dish too. : )

  6. lovely combination of flavors..nice presentation..
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  7. Mmmm ratatouille is definitely one of the most satisfying of dishes :)
    Your photos look wonderful! And love the idea of throwback Thursday, so many old posts get lost in the archives :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Ratatouille Curry?? Love the meshing of French and Indian flavors here! Always need more veggies in my life; Such a neat recipe Ramona :D


  9. I always like your dishes Ramona - really nutritious with different kinds of ingredients in each dish. Nice version of Ratatouille!

  10. OMG! Brilliant!!! Ratatouille is on the top of my favorite meals list, but looks like I have been missing out! I need to curry-up and make it your way! :-D

  11. You hit this one over the fence. Vibrant colors awesome flavor. Winner!!!!

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