Lee Vandervis shows how to make a pineapple curry.
The Dutch were involved in the spice trade several centuries ago and a love of spicy food and curries has remained in their cuisine, Lee says.
This curry is his favourite dish so he likes to make a large amount as it tastes better after being in the fridge overnight and it saves time to cook two day's worth. You can halve the recipe.
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 Tbsp coconut oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
4-6 small red chillies, finely chopped (dried will do)
a knob of shrimp paste the size of a walnut
a few splashes fish sauce
2 lumps palm sugar
3 tsp garam masala (he uses Gregg's)
2 x 240ml cans coconut cream
2 slightly under-ripe pineapples
a large handful of basil leaves for serving
Cook for a few moments, then add the two cans of coconut cream, stir through and bring to a simmer. Leave to cook while the shrimp paste and palm sugar dissolve.
Prepare the pineapples by cutting off the tops and bottoms and slicing off the skin. There is no need to remove the eyes. Cut into 2-3cm chunks, discarding the core.
Add the pineapple and any juice to the curry, stir and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Leave until ready to serve, then reheat if needed.
This is nice with with brown rice and roast pork or as a filling for pancakes.
- Lee likes to use coconut oil for the flavour but says olive oil or butter will do.
- If you use more shrimp paste it will have more of a savoury flavour. Shrimp paste is available from Asian grocery stores.
- Palm sugar comes in small rounded lumps and is available from Asian stores. If you don't have any, use a tablespoon of brown sugar.
- If your pineapples are very ripe, leave out the palm sugar.
- Make this when pineapples are cheap. It needs fresh pineapple as canned pineapple does not work well.
Thanks to Afife Harris and Centre City New World.