Vegan Pumpkin Cauliflower Rice Curry
- 430 g pumpkin or butternut squash
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp turmeric coconut oil (I like Coconut Merchant Coconut Oil)
- 1 medium (500g) cauliflower
- 8 (87g) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 400 ml coconut milk (I like Coconut Merchant Coconut Milk)
- 1 cup stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 - 2 small (4 - 6g) red chillis
- 1 medium (90g) red onion
- 1 heaped tbsp (25g) fresh ginger, grated
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 heaped tsp ground turmeric (I like CM Naturals Turmeric)
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
- 10 g fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Small handful of fresh, chopped parsley or coriander
- 2 tbsp coconut yoghurt (I like COYO Natural)
- Preheat the oven to 180C (fan assisted) or 200C / 400F.
- Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Peel and slice into thick wedges. No need to peel if using Hokkaido like I did. Place on a baking tray and toss with 1 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the curry paste. Dry fry the mustard and coriander seeds in a pan on a low heat for 1 minute. Add to a blender, along with the onion, garlic, lemongrass, chilli and tomatoes. Blitz till fine or leave chunkier if that's how you prefer it. Option to use a pestle and mortar and remove the tomato skins if you like.
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the blitzed curry paste plus the spices (ground coriander, cumin and turmeric) and gentle saute on a medium/ low heat until the onion is translucent (approx 2 minutes.)
- Add the stock, coconut milk, season and simmer for 15 minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
- Remove the leaves and stalk from the cauliflower. Blitz the florets in a food processor using the S blade until they resemble a rice consistency. Pour into the coconut milk sauce, stir and remove from the heat. Do not cook the cauliflower.
- Remove the pumpkin from the baking tray temporarily. Fill the tray with cauliflower rice curry. Place the pumpkin back on top. Add the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. Cover with tin foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the tin foil and gently stir the cauliflower rice and place back in the oven for 30 minutes or until all the juices have absorbed into the cauliflower.
- Season to taste and serve with a squeeze of lime, chopped fresh parsley or coriander and coconut yoghurt.