Thursday, May 22, 2008

Curry Cashew Carrots

curry cashew carrots

Thank you all so much for your congratulations yesterday! I had a great birthday! And there are more celebrations to come - we're having a party on Saturday, in honor of the Eurovision Song Contest (Sweden's in the semi-final tonight - vote for us!) and then a birthday party for my family on Sunday. (That's when I'll actually make a cake - a pretty exciting one, actually.)

Something I'm always on the lookout for is fun side dishes. Something that can be served as part of a buffet is always nice. This carrot dish, found in a large food magazine (Ica Buffé) is tasty enough to serve on its own, as a lovely bowl of golden comfort on a hot day, but it's also really nice with barbecued meat or chicken. And, as with most of my food, it's really easy to make.

Curry Cashew Carrots
Serves 4-6, or more if it's part of a larger spread

1 kg carrots
olive oil
1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric (optional)
300 ml orange juice
100 g cashews, toasted and coarsely chopped
1-2 tbsp fresh basil, shredded

Peel the carrots and halve them lengthwise. Cut into smaller pieces, about 2-3 cm. Fry in a splash of olive oil in a deep skillet for a few minutes. Add the curry and turmeric and fry for a few more minutes.

Add the orange juice and lower the heat. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the carrots are soft, and the orange juice has reduced to a sticky syrup. (Turn the heat up if the liquid hasn't evaporated.)

Arrange on a large platter or in a bowl, and scatter with cashew nuts and basil. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Recipe in Swedish:
Currymorötter med cashewnötter


glamah16 said...

I need to cchupon all the Euro Vision goings ons. You seem like the best hostess with great dishes.

Anonymous said...

Conratulations! Sweden in final of Eurovision! My Ukraine too :)

Anonymous said...

Your salad looks great and must taste superrrr.(while crunching carrots)
Haha, what about my Romania?(speaking of Eurovision)

Anne said...

Ooh, both Ukraine and Romania are very good as well. My personal favorite, I have to admit.. it's the Pirates from Latvia. :)

Honeybee said...

Mmmh, that looks good. I'm always looking for new ways to cook carrots. They keep so well and are therefore a staple in my fridge!

Jeanne said...

Oh yum! And I love the colours in the photo too...

As for Eurovision, my favourites were the Latvians too!! Very disappointed that they did not win as I didn't rate the Russian guy very highly. Still mystified why anybody voted for the bizarre Spanish entry, and feel desperately sorry for the UK guy because he was really quite good - it's just that it's become traditional NOT to vote for the UK, whatever they sing!