Purple Curry


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Purple Curry

Beets (or beetroot as we tend to call it here in Australia) is one of my all time favourite veg. I just can’t get enough of it’s intensely regal colour and earth flavour. My son Fergal isn’t a fan so far but I’m hoping to convince him when he’s a bit older with this curry!

enough for 2
1 bunch beets
1 can coconut milk (400g / 14oz)
450g (1lb) chicken thigh fillets, sliced
up to 1 jar Thai red curry paste
baby spinach or cauliflower rice, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Remove beet stalks and scrub them well. Cut into quarters or smaller if your beets are large. Place in a roasting tray and cover with foil. Bake until tender, about 1 hour.

2. Bring coconut milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add chicken and simmer gently until just cooked through. Will take 5-10 minutes.

3. Add a few tablespoons curry paste. Stir and taste and keep adding until you’re happy with the flavour and intensity.

4. Add cooked beets and bring back to a simmer. Serve curry on a bed of cauliflower rice or baby spinach.


vegan / vegetarian – replace the chicken with firm tofu, seitan, cooked chickpeas or roasted cashew nuts, or a combo of any of these.

no thai curry paste? – replace with another curry paste or 2-4 teaspoons curry powder or skip it and have a super mild ‘curry’.

different veg – replace beets with other root veg such as carrots, sweet potato or parsnip, adjust the cooking time accordingly.

short on time – use pre cooked or canned beets, you’ll need about 300g (10oz) cooked beets.

chilli lovers – serve extra curry paste or some finely sliced red chilli at the table for everyone to add as they like.

carb lovers / more substantial
– serve with steamed rice or noodles cooked according to the packet.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

beets – will keep for weeks wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge. Or longer once roasted.

coconut milk, curry paste – pantry.

chicken thigh fillets – freeze them.

baby spinach – either use for another meal or freeze them (will wilt when defrosted).

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