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Beet, Tomato and Coconut Curry

Beet, Tomato and Coconut Curry 2.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Sep 22, 2015

Curry fans, here's an unusual vegetable combo that's zingy, fragrant and a feast for the eyes, thanks to Indian and Thai flavors.

Choose the green chili pepper according to the amount of heat you like: Serrano generally provides more heat.

Serve with quinoa or brown rice.

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Tested size: 2-3 servings

  • 1 large onion
  • 5 small vine-ripened tomatoes (14 to 16 ounces total)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • One 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 4 small raw beets (10 to 11 ounces total, trimmed)
  • 1 small jalapeño or serrano chile pepper (see headnote)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon solid coconut oil
  • Handful cilantro stems
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low-fat coconut milk


Cut the onion in half, then into very thin half-moon slices. Cut the tomato into small dice. Mince the garlic. Peel and grate enough ginger to yield 2 teaspoons. Scrub the beets well (or peel them), then cut them into small dice. Stem and seed the chili pepper, then cut it lengthwise into very thin strips.

Melt the oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Stir in the onion to coat; cook for about 6 minutes, stirring often, until golden and softened.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop the cilantro (tender leaves and stems). Squeeze juice from the lemon half into a small bowl (at least 2 tablespoons).

Reduce the heat to medium; stir in the garlic and fresh ginger; cook for 2 minutes, then add the jalapeño or serrano chili pepper, ground ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, plus the tomatoes and the water. As soon as the mixture starts to bubble at the edges, add the beets, stirring to incorporate. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the beets are fork-tender.

Uncover and stir in the coconut milk, cilantro and lemon juice; cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes (for the flavors to meld). Fish out and discard the whole spices before serving, if desired, or at least tell your fellow diners to be on the lookout for them.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “The Detox Kitchen Bible: 200 Recipes for Glorious Health -- All Free From Wheat, Dairy and Refined Sugar,” by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 3): 160

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 95mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 23g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 13g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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