Sri Lankan Apple Curry Recipe (vegan and gluten free)
Apple Curry Ingredients
- 4 large Ambrosia apples each cut into quarters lengthwise and then halved across (8 pieces per apple)
- 3 tbsp oil (I like using coconut oil)
- 2-3 chopped green chilies
- 3 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 sliced medium onion
- 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 2 tbsp roasted/black Sri Lankan curry powder (you can use generic curry powder if you prefer)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar ( I use date sugar at home but you can use any sugar you prefer)
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2/3 cup water
Using a large pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add in the sliced onions, chopped green chilies, finely chopped garlic and mustard seeds. Listen to those mustard seeds pop and enjoy that aroma! As the onions soften add in the curry powder, turmeric and chilli powder. You want to give it all a good stir for about 30 seconds.
Now comes the time to toss in those delicious Ambrosia apple! Sprinkle the salt and half the sugar before you stir everything to ensure that the apples are nicely coated with the spices.
Continue to cook in medium heat uncovered for about 10 minutes. I like to stir things to ensure that one set of apple chunks don’t get mushy. You will notice that the apples are starting to soften ever so slightly. Toss in the bay leaves and pour the coconut milk. Stir and then close the lid and let is simmer for 5 minutes.
Now you get to open the lid after 5 minutes and do a quick taste test. Do you need more salt? How about some additional sweetness (you still have half that sugar left). I like my curries on the thicker side so I may add the water or I may opt to omit it. It really depends on how much curry you’d like.
If you’re adding a few more items, ensure you give it a good stir and let it cook for a few more minutes. Similar to many curries, you can layer in additional ingredients or continue to cook for a bit longer if you want the apples to get softer. If you like a crunch like me, perhaps don’t cook it for much longer (especially if you plan to re-heat the dish). This Sri Lankan apple curry gets more flavourful as the days go by so it’s a great dish to pre-cook for parties. I’ve managed to hold on to it for a week but I tend to sneak in a chunk here and there each time I open the fridge (yes it tastes good cold too) so it usually only lasts 3 or 4 days.
Serve your apple curry with white rice (or roti). I’ve even had it with cauliflower rice! We usually have a couple other meat and vegetable curries and may have a sambol or chutney to go along as well. I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear if you make it!
Additional Tips for Your Vegan Apple Curry
- As I mentioned earlier, traditionally this curry is made with green apples but I truly loved the tangy sweetness that Ambrosia apples bring to this curry. I like cutting each apple into 8 pieces (quartered lengthwise and then each piece halved) but you can cut them into smaller or bigger chunks. Smaller means that it would cook/soften quicker.
- If you are hard pressed to find roasted Sri Lankan curry powder, you can use the generic ones found at stores BUT you may want to add some black pepper and coriander powder to give it a bit of depth
- I like to keep the core of the apple because I find that it helps the apple chunks keep their shape and prevents it from getting “mushy” but you can take the core and seeds out if you prefer (especially when using Ambrosia apples because they are quite sturdy)
- I like crisper apples in my curry and so I only cook it for about 5 minutes in the end (especially if I’m making a large batch and plan to warm the dish a couple times). However, if you prefer softer apples in your curry, you can cook it for about 8 minutes
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