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Vegetable Curry

The spices in this vegetable curry lend incredible flavor, and it comes together in about 30 minutes. Serve over rice or with naan to soak up the juices.

Serves 4

1 medium carrot, peeled and cut on a bias

1/3 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces on a bias

1/3 cup peas

¾ cup small cauliflower florets

2 tablespoon mustard (or olive) oil

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon minced ginger

3 very large garlic cloves, minced

¾ cup yellow onion, finely-diced

½ vine-ripened tomato, puréed with an immersion blender (or ¼ cup canned tomato purée)

1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

1/3 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1/3 teaspoon garam masala

1 ½ teaspoons fenugreek powder

1 vine-ripened tomato, cut into quarters

1 cup water

4 tablespoons ghee, optional

1. Blanch carrot, green beans, peas, and cauliflower in salted water until just tender. Refresh in ice water and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil and cumin seeds in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook for one minute.

3. Add chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for one more minute.

4. Add chopped onion and continue cooking five minutes, or until tender and starting to brown.

5. Add puréed tomato and cook over low heat until all liquid has evaporated, about one minute.

6. Add the spices, vegetables, quartered tomato, and water, and cook over medium-heat three minutes, or until everything is fragrant and well combined.

7. Adjust seasoning to taste and finish with a little ghee, if desired.