Parsnip Curry

One of my fellow allotmenteers was moaning about not knowing what to do with all his parsnips, so I suggested parsnip curry. Apparently he’d never thought of this, but I assured him it’s very tasty. And it is.

This hit and miss recipe serves two hearty eaters or four polite ones:

• Around five large parsnips, peeled and cubed – if they are very woody, remove the hard core by slicing the parsnips in quarters lengthways and cutting diagonally across the right angle to remove the woody bit
• 2 chopped onions
• 1 tablespoon oil
• Garam masala (garam means hot, masala means blend, and garam masala is the standard mix of hot spices used in many Southern Indian curries)
• Chilli flakes or powder (if you like a mild curry, leave them out entirely, but we like the extra kick from some pure chilli flavour)
• Vegetable stock
• Coconut milk or cooking coconut (sold as a brick of coconut solids that you slice in specialist Indian stores)
• Chopped nuts

Choose a big saucepan and fry the onions in the oil until golden, before adding the spices to taste and cooking for one minute. Because parsnips are sweet and coconut milk is mild, you may want more curry flavouring than you would use for an ordinary curry.

Add parsnips, and enough stock to cover them, stir and bring to a boil before lowering the temperature and adding about a cup of coconut milk or an inch of coconut solids and then simmering for 20 to 30 minutes until the parsnips are tender and the sauce has thickened.

We garnish it with toasted cashews and eat it with naan bread, but it’s just as good garnished with thinly sliced pepper and served with plain white rice. If you have leftovers, you can add some extra water and liquidise them to make a tasty spicy parsnip soup!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Blogger Jo said...

Sounds delicious. I don't have any trouble wondering what to do with parsnips, my daughter would eat them by the plateful if I let her.

January 28, 2010 at 4:25 AM  
OpenID said...

I love curry...and this is a recipe for me to all I have to do is manage to grow some parsnips this year.....any tips????

January 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, to grow good parsnips is like growing good carrots - you need fine soil and it has to go at least as deep as the roots will go. Instead of digging like mad, we built a raised bed for our parsnips and filled it with sifted soil and compost. That worked very well for us, and also meant they were easier to lift when the snow\frost came along.

February 3, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Ondine said...

Excellent suggestion! Just got parsnips in my CSA box- and am throwing them into a kale/red pepper/summer squash curry.

August 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

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