Sri Lankan-Inspired Cashew Curry

1 1/2 Cups Whole, Raw Cashews*, Optionally Soaked for 2 Hours

1 Tablespoon Olive or Coconut Oil

1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced

3 - 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Inch Fresh Ginger, Peeled and Minced

1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock or Water

2 - 3 Tablespoons Madras Curry Powder

1 Large Sweet Potato or 2 Medium, Peeled and Chopped

2 Medium Zucchinis, Halved Lengthwise and Chopped

1 14-Ounce Can Light Coconut Milk

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

2 Cups Frozen Peas

Salt and Black Pepper, to Taste

Cooked Rice, Quinoa, or Couscous to Serve (Optional)

*For a lower-fat (and lower-cost) alternative, substitute 2 - 3 cups cooked white kidney beans.

Rinse and thoroughly drain you cashews if soaking (or beans, if canned); Set aside.

In a large sauce pot over medium heat, warm the oil before adding in the diced onion. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning, until soften and translucent; about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger, and continue to saute for 8 - 10 minutes longer, so that everything is very lightly caramelized and highly aromatic. De-glaze with the vegetable stock or water, being certain to scrape up any tasty brown bits that may be clinging to the bottom of the pot.

Follow that addition with the cashews or beans, curry powder (to taste- I find it's very mild and go with 3 tablespoons, but if preparing this for children, they may prefer the lesser amount), sweet potatoes, zucchinis, coconut milk, and soy sauce. Stir well to incorporate, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender. Turn off the heat, and incorporate the peas, straight out of the freezer. No need to thaw, as they'll immediately come up to temperature once they hit the hot curry. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately! (It does reheat beautifully though- Just save in an air-tight container once fully cooled, and bring it back up to a simmer on the stove when you're ready to eat. Add more water if necessary to thin out the stew.)

Serves 4 - 5 Solo; 6 - 7 with a Grain Accompaniment

©Hannah Kaminsky