Eddoe & Coconut Curry, Lay The Table
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Eddoe & Coconut Curry

Eddoe & Coconut Curry, Lay The Table

My local supermarket has gone all exotic lately, stocking more unusual vegetables than the bog-standard potatoes, carrots and cabbages. Id never heard of dudhi, cassava, chayote, and this one, eddoes (also called avri). The latter is a root vegetable, used in Indian and Caribbean food. Apparently you can treat it like a potato (peel it, boil it, mash it, chip it) or use it as a veggie ingredient  in curries. Thats what Ive decided to do.

Now let me be honest here: at the risk of offending eddoe lovers the world over, I thought it was alright and just that: alright! Eaten without the curry, the flesh is very bland and rather slimy. With the curry, its a good vehicle for the sauce. Would I try it again? Hmm, er, no. Not as long as there are King Eddies on the shelves!

Serves 2 (or 4, as an accompaniment)

4 eddoes, peeled
1 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
2 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
1 tsp hot curry powder (shop-bought is fine)
1 tin coconut milk

1. In a large pan of salted water, boil the eddoes until tender when pierced with a knife, approx. 10 mins. Drain and cool, then chop into thick slices.

2. Make the curry by heating the ghee/oil in a frying pan, then gently cooking the onions, garlic, ginger and chillies for around 10 mins, until soft. Add the curry powder and cook for a further 1-2 mins. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Cook for 8-10 mins until the coconut milk has thickened. Add the eddoe slices and stir through. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 2-3 mins, until the eddoes are heated through.

3. Serve with naan bread or chapatis as a vegetarian main course, or with a meat course of your choice, as an accompaniment.

Eddoe & Coconut Curry, Lay The Table


Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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