Tomato, spinach and coconut curry

I admit it, I’m a tomato freak but you have to try this bright and beautiful curry to join me in this tomato-related ecstasy. It’s so flavourful and so good for you, and so moreish. It’s everything. Tomatoes are everything. The end.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 large ripe tomatoes – please no bullets here, you absolutely have to have nice juicy red tomatoes.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 fat fresh clove of garlic, chopped or crushed, or a level teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon of red chilli paste or chilli flakes
  • 1 tin of coconut milk – you need the full fat one for this.
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh washed spinach
  • Sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato purée
  • Optional: 50g ground almonds

You need a large lidded frying pan.

Sorry if the ingreds aren’t in order – my brain isn’t either (it’s full of tomato)

Instructions

In a large frying pan heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Now add the onion, garlic and chilli and gently cook for about 5 mins til the onion is soft but not brown. Meanwhile be chopping the tomatoes into large random chunks, then throw them in with the onions etc. Cook for a few mins with the lid off, stirring now and then, then put the lid on and cook for another 8-10 mins til the toms soften and squidge.

Now add your coconut milk, tomato purée, sea salt to taste (toms need salt aplenty) and spinach and give it a good stir. If using ground almonds add them now.

Simmer ’til the spinach wilts but stays bright, it won’t take long. You must taste your cooking for seasoning as you go along and adjust to your preference – maybe more salt or more chilli or a bit more tomato purée will enrich or brighten the taste. Never follow a recipe blindly.

Sometimes I add some ground almonds to this, sometimes I don’t – up to you.

Serve with wholegrain rice: To cook whole grain rice successfully and easily, cover it to 15mm over the top level of the rice with boiling water and microwave it on high for 15 mins or until the rice is fluffy.

 

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Nutrition Info

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a pokey antioxidant. Antioxidants are like bouncers at a night club, they go around finding stray electrons that are busy causing trouble in your body, and find them a love partner so they can both stay in and cuddle on the sofa.

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

Laurie Colwin
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