A Note From the Chef
Growing up in the UK, a lot of of our food is deeply influenced by Indian cuisine, as we have a such rich Indian cultural heritage. We are so lucky to have access to so many incredible, traditional, multigenerational Indian restaurants in the UK today. When living in London, my friends and I would frequent Brick Lane most weeks to enjoy the array of wonderful Indian foods and restaurants available.
My take on the gorgeous Goan vegetable curry uses Táche pistachio milk, in place of coconut milk, which still gives the curry that unctuous, creamy richness. Blooming the spices in the oil before adding any other ingredients helps to release their flavor. Blooming is a technique where you take one or more spices and heat them up in oil to release and amplify the flavor of the spice.
This dish is so comforting and has flavor profiles from many different cultures, but mainly lends itself to a South Indian Goan fish curry, of which I have enjoyed many times over. You could certainly add in fish if you wanted to. But I wanted to make this vegetarian for everyone to enjoy. I used spinach as my chosen vegetable but cauliflower, zucchini, or any leafy green like kale or collard greens would work here.
The richness of this curry is complimented so well by a swirl of tangy, salty labneh. You could salt the labneh with some sea salt and it would still have that beautiful, salty punch needed. However— adding the preserved lemon as the salty element really adds an uncompromising depth of flavor. You can find preserved lemon in most stores these days but if not, you can make them really easily at home. There are lots of recipes online.
I hope that you enjoy!
About Chloe Lucas-Walsh
Chloe lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 3 cats. She is a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, writer, art director and creative. She loves to constantly cook, eat, travel, write, and learn about other cultures. She's a natural wine fanatic, enjoys drinking very dirty vodka martinis, lives for long leisurely brunches with friends, and hosts weekly dinner parties out of her home. See was Chloe is cooking up next @chloecooks___