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This curry paste makes double what you need (it's difficult to process small amounts), so freeze the rest.

You'll need

750 gm butternut pumpkin, cut into wedges 1½ cups (firmly packed) coriander leaves, plus extra to serve 6 coriander roots, scrubbed 4 kaffir lime leaves, shredded 4 red shallots, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cm piece of ginger (10 gm), finely chopped 2 small red chillies, finely chopped, or to taste 2 lemongrass stalks (white part only), finely chopped 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil 500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk 500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock 250 gm cherry tomatoes, halved 50 ml fish sauce ½ bunch snake beans, cut into 5cm lengths 3 limes, juice only (or to taste), plus extra wedges to serve 1 tbsp caster sugar, or to taste 140 gm dry medium rice stick noodles To serve: fried shallots

Method

  • 01
  • Steam pumpkin over a saucepan of boiling water until tender (10-15 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, process coriander leaves and roots, lime leaves, shallot, garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass, and half the vegetable oil in a food processor until very finely chopped.
  • 03
  • Heat remaining vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add half the curry paste, stir continuously until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add coconut milk and stock, bring to the boil, add tomato and fish sauce, reduce heat to medium, simmer until tomato breaks down (5-7 minutes). Add snake beans and steamed pumpkin, simmer until just tender (4-5 minutes), season to taste with lime juice and caster sugar (curry should taste hot, sour, salty and sweet).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add noodles and cook until just tender (3-4 minutes), drain, add curry and serve immediately with fried shallots, extra coriander and lime wedges.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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