Today we are having a culinary geography lesson and the subject is: Sri Lanka. An island of just over 20 million people, Sri Lanka sits off the southern coast of India and is known as 'The Pearl of the Indian Ocean'. Until 1972 it was actually called Ceylon (hence the tea!) and it’s particularly well known for its tasty spices. We had a word with our friends down at Seasoned Pioneers when we decided to create this recipe and they sent us this incredible fruity spice blend to transport you to sunnier climes. Enjoy!
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Sri Lankan Curry Powder
Vegetable Stock Powder(ContainsCelery)
Water for the Rice
Water for the Sauce
Halve, peel and thinly slice the onion. Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). Peel the ginger using the edge of a spoon and then grate. Trim the green beans and chop into 3 pieces. Peel the sweet potato and chop into 1cm cubes, then roughly chop the coriander (stalks and all).
Pour the water for the rice (see ingredients for amount) into a saucepan and bring to the boil. When boiling, add 0.25 tsp of salt, stir in the rice, lower the heat to medium and pop a lid on the pan. Leave to cook for 10 mins, then remove the pan from the heat (still covered) and leave to the side for another 10 mins or until ready to serve (the rice will continue to cook in its own steam).
Heat a drizzle of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, 4-5 mins, stirring occasionally, then stir in the Sri Lankan curry powder, garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the coconut milk, water (see ingredients for amount), peanut butter, stock powder and sweet potato, stirring well to combine. Bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid (or some tin foil) and cook until the sweet potato is just cooked, 10-15 mins. Stir every few minutes. Add the green beans and continue to cook, with the lid on, until the beans are tender, 4-5 mins.
Meanwhile, zest and halve your lime. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat (no oil!) Once hot, add the cashews and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly toasted, 1-2 mins. TIP: Watch them like a hawk as they can burn easily.
Once the bean are cooked through, remove the pan from the heat and add a squeeze of lime juice to the curry. Stir through three-quarters of your coriander. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. TIP: Add a splash of water if it's a bit thick. Fluff up the rice with a fork and stir in the lime zest. Share the rice between your bowls and top with your sweet potato curry. Scatter over the cashews and the remaining coriander. Enjoy!