||40 mins, slow cooker cooking
Yacon curry for the slow cooker. I'd grown Yacon for the first time, and come autumn had no idea what to do with it. This is the recipe that came together and is pretty good. Tame enough that the kids ate without complaint too.
Yacon has a very mild flavour of its own, you can eat it raw in salads and such, and works well with little cooking in stir frys and the like. In the slow cooker I was a little concerned it might break down into mush, but it didnít, they kept their shape and texture well and add a subtle slightly nutty flavour to the curry.
@ 1lb Yacon, peeled and cut into batons.
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
Ĺ teaspoon dried red chillies
1 small fresh chilli, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can lentils, or about 300g dry
1 pint, 600 ml vegetable stock
3 carrots, cut into small pieces
400g new potatoes, peeled and cut small (tinned is fine)
1 teaspoon sugar
6 eggs, hardboiled
150g frozen peas
1 small pot double cream
salt and pepper
small bunch fresh coriander, torn into pieces to garnish
Preheat the slow cooker if necessary.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion, fry softly, stirring for five minutes or until softened and just turning golden.
Stir in the spices, dried chillies and garlic and fry for two minutes. Add the tomatoes, sugar and seasoning and bring to the boil.
Place the vegetables and potato into the slow cooker. Then pour the onion and spices over.
Add the stock to the frying pan and bring to a simmer, this is to ensure you get all the spices and flavours from the pan. Pour into the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
When almost ready to serve, cooked the boiled eggs, shell, cut in half and add to the slow cooker, along with the peas and the cream. Cover and cook on low for another 15 minutes or so.
Serve with rice, and sprinkle the fresh coriander over the top.
You can add other ingredients to this to bulk it out as you wish. I've added green beans and the like as we have had them to hand.
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