Sunny Sri Lankan Curry

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This recipe is such a goody. It's a great dish to make in the winter as it warms you up really well but it's also a great dish to make in the summer because it's so colourful, flavourful and fresh. This is definitely a curry that could make it into your regular recipe repertoire because it really is, downright delicious.

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For the curry

<item-todo-done>1 tsp vegetable oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp coconut oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp turmeric<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp curry powder<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp black mustard seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp tomato purée<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Salt & pepper to taste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ lime<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>100g baby spinach<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 small butternut squash - about 400g<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>20g cashews<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 garlic cloves large<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 banana shallots<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>5cm piece of fresh ginger<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 green chilli<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 red bell pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 orange bell pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>15 curry leaves optional<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>200ml reduced-fat coconut milk<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>10g desiccated coconut<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done>10g coriander leaves<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Preheat oven to 180°C l Baking tray lined with baking parchment l Small baking tray l Fine grater or microplane l Large saucepan or wok

First, prep the squash and cashews

  • Trim and peel the butternut squash, halve it and scoop out the seeds
  • Cut the squash into 2.5cm cubes
  • Spread the cubes over the lined baking tray, drizzle over the vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper
  • Put the tray in the oven and roast for 30 minutes until tender
  • Toast the cashews in the oven on the small baking tray for the last 5–8 minutes until golden, then roughly chop

Now, prep the rest of your ingredients

  • Peel and finely dice the shallots
  • Peel and grate the garlic
  • Peel the ginger by scraping off the skin with a spoon, then grate
  • Rip the stem from the chilli, cut it in half lengthways and remove the seeds if you prefer, then finely slice
  • Trim, halve, core and dice the peppers

Time to cook the curry

  • Heat the coconut oil in the large saucepan or wok over a medium heat
  • Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes
  • Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir for 1 minute
  • Add the turmeric, curry powder, mustard seeds, tomato purée and curry leaves (if using) and stir for 30 seconds
  • Add the peppers and stir for 1 minute
  • Pour the coconut milk, water and half the desiccated coconut into the pan (reserve the rest to sprinkle over the curry at the end)
  • Stir to combine, turn up the heat and simmer for 4–5 minutes

Finish the curry

  • Add the spinach and stir to wilt
  • Add the roasted butternut squash cubes and fold them into the curry
  • Squeeze the juice from the lime into the pan and fold it into the sauce

Time to serve

  • Taste the curry, season to perfection with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the cashews, coriander leaves (if using) and remaining desiccated coconut and serve immediately
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