Whether for a chilly day, Meatless Monday or craving exotic spices of the Far East, Slow Cooker Spicy Madras Vegetable Curry with Coconut Milk will liven up your dining table. Hearty and filling, you’ll love the flavors, aromas and textures of this recipe.
We are rolling into the comfort food season and for me that often signals installing my slow cooker on the counter top for the winter. One of my lifetime favorite comfort foods is curry and it’s a perfect partner with a slow cooker. Hours of exotic spices simmering will produce an alluring, fragrant dish to warm even the coldest of days.
My youngest memories of curry were of a chicken curry sporting a bright yellow tone severed over white (enriched I’m sure) rice with loads of condiments to sprinkle on top. Peanuts, shredded coconut, dried onions, chutneys, relish, and raisins created a wonderland of flavors and textures.
Shortly out of college I was working with a high tech company and moved to Singapore. When living in Singapore I had my real education about curry. Singapore was divided equally between Indian, Malaysian and Chinese cultures, with the Malay and Indian cuisines each boasting multiple types of curries. I realized curry powder as I had known it was a dumbed down version of a spice flavor without the depth one finds in traditional curries, which each have their own spice blend to make the curry flavoring.
Exploring curry on the food scene became my raison d’etre and whether at the hawker centers trying every food stall or the finer restaurants, I tried all the curry I could find. I brought home local curry recipes and friends have continued to bring me curry powders when traveling to Asia.
The reality is that most of us don’t have extra time to whip together curry powder from scratch, and that’s ok. There are classic blends available at many stores to enjoy a deeply flavorful curry. Madras Curry Powder originated in India and is a hotter variety of curry powder using chili powder as a key ingredient. It makes a very warming dish which I love in a vegetable curry.
Coconut milk is often used in curries providing a silky, smooth, cooling aspect to the blended flavors. I used a sweetened coconut milk finding a bit of sugar or sweetness is a wonderful offset to the spicy, savory flavors. A mix of sweet potatoes, cauliflower, bell pepper, onion, garbanzo beans and more make a hearty and filling dish.
Additional spices are added to the curry to bolster the flavor and spicy flavor signature. Should you prefer a more tame curry, decrease the Madras Curry Powder by half. Adding a bit of yogurt to the serving will lessen the heat too (traditionally dairy yogurt is the trick though I have read non-dairy yogurt also works).
A wonderful accompaniment for this curry recipe is homemade Quick Fresh Peach Chutney.
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