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Gordon's Vegetable Curry Recipe

Gordon takes on Jo Brand with a curry cook-off in the F Word kitchen, serving up this spicy vegetable curry

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 banana shallot, peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 long red chillies, deseeded and finely diced
  • ½ aubergine diced
  • 1 small celeriac, peeled and diced
  • 3 - 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced
  • ½ large cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • ½ head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 large courgette, diced
  • 3 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 medium bunch coriander, chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • About 250ml Greek-style natural yoghurt

For the madras curry paste

  • 2½ tbsp coriander seed, dry-roasted and ground
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed, dry roasted and ground
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. For the curry paste: In a hot frying pan, dry roast the coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Grind in a pestle and mortar with the mustard seeds, poppy seeds and peppercorns, when ground to a fine paste add the chilli powder, salt, turmeric, ginger and mix together well. Add the vinegar and oil and mix to a smooth paste. The paste will keep for up to one month if refrigerated in an airtight container.

2. For the curry: Heat the oil in a large pan and add the aubergine, shallot, garlic and chillies. Cook, stirring, for a minute or so until the garlic is fragrant. Add the celeriac and cardamom pods to the pan (remember to remove them before serving) fry for 1-2 minutes before adding the green pepper, cauliflower, broccoli and courgettes. Continue to stir over a high heat for a further 5 minutes.

3. Add 3 tbsp of the curry paste and stir to coat the vegetables, leave to cook out for a minute or two before adding the zest of a lemon and a handful of chopped coriander.

4. Tip in the tomatoes, and 100 ml of water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

5. Turn down the heat and stir in the yoghurt and another handful of coriander. Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.

6. Serve with rice.

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A selection of healthy recipes from the F Word are available in Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite, published by Quadrille

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