Have you ever been to Sri Lanka? It is an absolutely magical place ✨. From food to culture, to nature, to wild animals – there is something there for everyone. I fell in love with this island for several reasons but of course also because of the food. And today, I wanted to bring a small piece of that to the blog with this Sri Lankan Cashew Curry 🥰️.
I don’t know why but curries are the epitome of comfort food for me. Perhaps because they kind of are? They are super versatile and can be made with meat, vegetarian (vegan), or with fish. That obviously makes curries super versatile. In addition, they are quickly prepared. You can usually add all the veggies and coconut milk and have a delicious meal in between 20 – 30 minutes max.
Now, what is the key to a good curry? When I studied in London, I had the privilege of learning from the best. The key is to gently fry off the onions, garlic, and ginger and then add the spices. They need to become fragrant and almost roast a little before the rest of the ingredients follow. The quality of spices also plays a major role here. Look out for spices that are bright in color and smell intense. Perhaps you may even find them at a local ethnic market or spice merchant.
Why is this Sri Lankan Cashew Curry good for you?
If you have been with me for a while, you know that cashews are my go to in order to create creamy, dairy-free alternatives. Cashew trees are native to Brazil, but grow in most tropical, warm climates nowadays. Cashews are the seed from said cashew tree. They sit on top of the cashew, a tropical fruit which is almost bitter as it is so full of vitamin C. Even though cashews are often-times compared and used synonymously with tree nuts, really, they are a seed. Cashews contain quite a bit of protein, as well as copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, selenium, and thiamine – to name a few. They also contain unsaturated fats, which have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease.
Copper is an essential mineral for our bodies. Together with iron it enables our bodies to form red blood cells. It also maintains healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and supports the immune system. Enough copper in the diet may help to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Cashews are also a great source of antioxidants. They contain carotenoids and polyphenols, which have been associated with their anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as reduction in oxidative cell damage. Cashew’s high magnesium content is, again, super beneficial to these positive contributors against heart disease, as it helps with supporting nerve signalling, as well as muscle contractions. Not too bad for a small mighty nut!
How can I adjust this Sri Lankan Cashew Curry to my Dietary Requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo. If you are serving it with rice, you may have to swap in paleo-friendly rice (e.g. cauliflower or butternut squash rice) as grains are prohibited on a paleo diet. Due to the cashews used, this recipe is unfortunately not nut-free.
Other Comfort Food Recipes on the Blog
So much comfort on the blog for you!! I love healthy comfort food, especially in the winter time when there is nothing better than curling up with something hot and delicious on the sofa in order to watch a movie 😉:
- Vegan Penne alla Vodka
- Creamy Lemon Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Red Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup
- Chinese Sweet and Sour (Sauce)
- Kohlrabi Casserole with Tomatoes and Sage
And that is it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoyed this excursion to Sri Lanka and the gorgeous flavors that are coming with it. P.S. I am aware that this recipe contains a lot less veggies than my usual main meals – you could easily add peas to this (simply add them to the last 7 minutes of cooking) or serve with a side salad. As always, I love hearing from you – so please let me know how you are liking the recipe, by either commenting and/or rating the recipe. Happy Curry-making 🥰.