A veggie dinner party dish which stands alone as a vegan main course or as a complex side dish perfect served with spiced roast meat or fish
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 3 tablespoon Thai yellow curry paste
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 3 large stalks fresh lemongrass, bashed with the back of a knife
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
- 1 piece pumpkin or a small squash , about 1kg
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 400 ml can reduced-fat coconut milk
- 400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 limes
- large handful mint leaves
- naan bread, to serve
- Heat the oil in a sauté pan, then gently fry the curry paste with the onions, lemongrass, cardamom and mustard seed for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Stir the pumpkin or squash into the pan and coat in the paste, then pour in the stock and coconut milk. Bring everything to a simmer, add the chickpeas, then cook for about 10 minutes until the pumpkin is tender. The curry can now be cooled and frozen for up to 1 month.
- Squeeze the juice of one lime into the curry, then cut the other lime into wedges to serve alongside. Just before serving, tear over mint leaves, then bring to the table with the lime wedges and warm naan breads.