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Sep 13, 2008

Carrots in Coconut Milk with Turmeric


Some twenty years ago, my Auntie Tini made an appealing salad that included carrots and turmeric.  It was served cold and had a bit of acid zing to it but I remember almost nothing else.*  From that inexact inspiration comes this completely different recipe for carrots in coconut milk with turmeric.  I've made it twice now and hope you might try:

Carrots in Coconut Milk with Turmeric

Ingredients (more or less)

2 lbs. carrots
2/3 lb. green zucchini (yes, I know it's yellow squash in the photo)
1 lb. firm tomatoes (like romas) or else cherry or grape tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
1-1/2 tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
salt to taste

And optionally

1 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. ground cardamom

Preparation and cooking

Cut carrots and zucchini into sticks, and cut tomatoes into manageable chunks, erring on the larger side.

Place all ingredients except the zucchini and tomatoes into a pot and bring to a simmer, and let carrots cook for a few minutes.

Add zucchini and let simmer for a few minutes more, until the zucchini begins to soften.

Add tomatoes and let simmer until warmed through.

Serve with rice (or naan or a similar moist eastern bread).

Note: the hope is that when you're done, the zucchini is cooked through, the carrots are firm (neither soft nor crunchy), and the tomatoes have not fallen apart.  The first time I made this, I used the full complement of ingredients listed.  The second time, I didn't use any of the optionals.  I suggest you try the simpler recipe first, then taste.


*When my Indonesian-restaurant-owning Auntie Tini (not related by blood, but the wife of my godfather Nurdjaman) made this for my family back in ~'88, I really liked it and asked what was in it.  But I didn't understand half of what she said, nor did I remember half of what I understood. All that stuck with me was that turmeric plus carrots = good, an idea that sat for twenty years before I got around to doing anything with it.

Repeated story
: I meet something yummy in a restaurant (or in someone's home, or in a magazine), I don't know (or have access to) half the ingredients, so when I get home I make something inspired by the original but fairly much different.  Tell me this hasn't happened to you.

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