As a kid growing up on the islands, I can’t remember mom ever making curry corn. And while it’s quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago and some of the other islands of the Caribbean today, I only started hearing about it about this dish a few years now. While in Trinidad a few days ago my neighbor gave me a sample of her version to try and while it was very tasty, it wasn’t ‘my’ version. Which I’m about to share with you today (filmed/documented back in August of this year). Yes, those of you requesting more vegetarian / vegan recipes will luv this one.
2-3 tablespoon veg oil
1/2 onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoon curry powder (your fave)
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (green one if possible)
4 sprigs thyme
2 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
6-8 cherry tomatoes
1 1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the curry powder you use, as some curry powder blends may contain flour as a filler.
If you’re familiar with the traditional recipe for making curry corn you’ll notice some differences in my version. Since I’m using sweet corm I prefer to slightly grill them to bring out even more sweetness and to add a subtle smoky undertone to the dish. You’ll also notice that I didn’t go heavy with the ‘curry’ as I wanted the curry to compliment the flavors of the herbs and corn. Finally I added some diced tomatoes… before you freak out – yes you can add tomatoes to a curry (very natural) as it’s acidity helps to balance the overall flavor of the curry dish.
Since it was summertime I decided to use the burner on my propane grill to cook the curry outside. Start by grilling the corn for about 5 minutes to give them a slight char. As they grill, heat your pot (one with a lid) on a medium flame and add the vegetable oil. Then add the onion and garlic and drop the heat to as low as it will go. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the scallions, thyme, parsley (reserve 1/2) and sliced scotch bonnet pepper (add as much as you can handle) and cook on low for a further 2-3 minutes.
Now crank-up the heat and add the coconut milk… bring to a boil.
Cut the grilled corn into 1 inch pieces and add to the pot. Add the salt and mix well to coat the pieces of corn with that rich coconut curry base.
Add the tomatoes (optional), cover (lid) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer when it comes to a boil and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Since I’ used sweet corn, the cooking time is much less than if using traditional Caribbean corn which is a bit more tough.
Do remember to stir a couple times so every piece of corn gets coated with that tasty curry goodness. Taste for salt, adjust and you’re done.
Since I didn’t have Sado Beni (culantro) nor cilantro, I saved some of the chopped parsley to top it when I turned off the stove. While curry corn may sound a bit strange to many of you, I assure you it’s one of the best vegetarian/vegan dishes you’ll ever have. As a side dish or as a snack when hosting friends.. do give this recipe a try.
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