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  • Makes 4 cups

Cashews are blended with dates and seasoned sautéed onions to create a luscious, full-bodied vegan curry sauce in this hearty, warmly spiced korma, which takes just 30 minutes to come together. Serve curry over whole grains such as brown rice or whole wheat vegan naan.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 2 dates (any variety), pitted
  • 2 onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 6 oz. fresh green beans, cut into ½-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (¼-inch-thick slices)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Steamed grains or whole wheat naan

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine cashews, dates, and ½ cup warm water. Let soak 20 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan combine the next six ingredients (through bay leaf). Cook over medium 7 to 10 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  3. Meanwhile, place beans, carrots, and bell pepper in a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Add water to saucepan to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  4. Drain cashews and dates. Place in a blender. Add cooked onion mixture and the next four ingredients (through cayenne). Cover and blend to a paste, adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to reach desired consistency.
  5. Pour paste into saucepan. Add 1 cup water. Bring to boiling. Add steamed vegetables and peas. Cook 3 to 5 minutes more or until peas are tender. Season with salt. Stir in lime juice. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over steamed grains or with naan.
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Christina Andrews Allen2 months ago
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My very 1st vegan meal! Very satisfying and tasty

Emily2 months ago
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I’m not the recipe author, and I’ve never made this recipe. However, I avoid high-fat plant foods, so I was going to experiment with blending in some white beans to make a “creamy” sauce instead of using cashews. If you don’t mind high-fat plant foods, you might try substituting silken tofu or coconut milk.

Joy2 months ago
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Have you tried using the beans? Results?

Sally J Benjamin2 months ago
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Allergic to cashews what options could be used as a substitute?
Thank you for your advise. SB

Patsy Keim2 months ago
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Macadamia nuts, I’m alergic to cashews too.

Ann Lembo9 months ago
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I made this recipe for the first time yesterday. Delicious. Vegetable Korma was one of my favorite dishes before I became vegan and I have missed it, but had never made it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I also added just a few raw cashews to each dish before serving, which added some additional crunch and creaminess.

Manju Chaurasia9 months ago
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I have a suggestion : Fresh peas would be preferable and can be steamed along with with the beans and carrots.
Excellent healthy and tasty recipe. Thank you.

Ann Marie Gambino9 months ago
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I just made this wonderful recipe. Since I couldn’t find fresh green beans, I substitute broccoli and potatoes, excellent! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Loti9 months ago
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We loved this recipe. Definitely a good addition to the recipe box.

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