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Oriya Ghanta Tarkari

Vegetable curry with panch phoran, cumin, chilli and coriander

 

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

5 garlic cloves

2” ginger

3 tbsp ground almond

2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil

1 tbsp panch phoran

80gms white onion finely chopped

110gms tomatoes roughly chopped

1 tsp cumin powder

1 ½ tsp mild chilli powder

120gms potato peeled and diced

80gms carrots diced

80gms green beans trimmed and quartered

220gms cauliflower cut to florets

500mls water

Salt to taste

Coriander for garnish

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Method

  1. Add the garlic and ginger to a blender with a splash of water and blitz to a fine paste. Set aside
  2. Add the ground almonds with 40mls water to a blender and blend to a smooth paste and set aside
  3. In a heavy bottom non stick large sauce pan heat the ghee or oil over a low heat. Add the panch phoran and fry for 20 seconds. Add the onions and fry for 6 minutes as they begin to soften
  4. Add the garlic and ginger paste fry for 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 5 minutes soften with the back of the spoon
  5. At this stage add the cumin and chilli powder along with the potato and carrots. Turn the heat to a medium setting and fry for 4 minutes with the lid on. Stir halfway through
  6. Now add the green beans and cauliflower and fry for 5 minutes. Season to taste and add the water. Lower the heat and simmer for 12-14 minutes with a lid on. Add the almond paste and simmer for a further 3-4 minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve warm with rice or bread.

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