A bowl of this rich, satisfying, vegan stew hits the spot on a cold winter’s night.
Curried Vegetable Stew
(adapted for the Sun Oven from Ellie Krieger’s Comfort Food Fix)
1 onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 piece (1 1/2-inch long) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup light coconut milk
1 cinnamon stick
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 head cauliflower broken into 1 1/2-inch florets (about 3 cups)
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 larges carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
grated zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15-ounce) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
5 cups baby spinach leaves
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Set Sun Oven out to preheat.
Place the onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder, and cayenne in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add the coconut oil and process until a smooth puree has formed. Transfer the curry puree to a Dutch oven over medium heat and cook, stirring often for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and continue cooking and stirring until the mixture darkens; about 5 more minutes. Add the broth, coconut milk, cinnamon, pepper, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. Cover and transfer to the Sun Oven. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick (can be prepared up to this point then finished stovetop just before serving).
Transfer the Dutch oven to the stove over medium heat. Stir in the zest, lime juice, chickpeas, and spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted; about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Ladle into bowls or serve over rice. Garnish each serving with cilantro.