250g beetroot (peeled and cut in to matchsticks)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder or paste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon pounded Maldive fish
2 green chilli, sliced
1 big red onion, chopped
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 small piece of cinnamon stick
Salt to taste
- Mix the beetroot with the curry powders, put to one side.
- Temper the onion, green chilli, curry leaves, Maldive fish then add the beetroot mixture.
- Mix all together, add the water, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Then add the coconut milk, check the seasoning, simmer and remove from the heat.
This was one of my favourite vegetable dishes when I was small! I was very choosy about what I ate with rice, but I loved this one because the beetroot turned the rice red.
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