Sweet and spicy Indonesian Rendang curry with smokey aubergine and sweet potato. This is a very versatile dish, the sweet potato can be substituted for a variety of different root vegetables such as parsnips, white potatoes or squashes. This is a Hannah's Bitchin' Kitchen absolute favourite, ultimate flavour and ultimate comfort food.
1/2 cup Shredded / desiccated coconut
1 inch piece fresh ginger root
1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric root
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp lemongrass paste or 1 lemongrass stick
4 dried or fresh red chillies
1 large White onion
1 medium Sweet potato
1 large Aubergine
1 tin of Chickpeas
1 can of coconut milk
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 kaffir lime leaves
2 star anise
1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave
1 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp garam masala powder
Squeeze of lemon juice
Few fresh coriander leaves
In a frying pan, dry fry the shredded / desiccated coconut until golden brown and toasted. Set aside and save some for the garnish later.
In a blender (I use the bullet blender) add the ginger and turmeric root, lemongrass, garlic and red chillies. Add a splash of water and blend into a paste.
In a heavy bottom frying pan or casserole dish, heat a little coconut oil and fry the white onion until translucent. Add the minced garlic and the spice paste and fry on a medium heat until aromatic. Tip in the sweet potato and aubergine and saute until the vegetables start to soften.
Add the coconut milk and the toasted coconut and give everything a good stir to incorporate all the spice paste. Add in the chickpeas, kaffir lime leaves, star anise, maple syrup, soy sauce and garam masala and cook on a low to medium to heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potatoes are soft. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh coriander leaves and a little toasted coconut.
Serve with rice or pitas / flatbreads and a dollop of vegan yoghurt. We served this with thai fragrant rice cooked with turmeric, cashews and peas.
I hope you enjoyed his recipe, looking for something similar? Try my super tasty Red Thai Sweet Potato & Mango Curry.