Sri Lankan green bean curry

Sri Lankan green bean curry
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  • easy
  • 2
  • 30 minutes, plus straining time if making the curry leaf oil

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Begin by making the curry leaf oil, as this will take a few hours to strain. Place the curry leaves and vegetable oil in a blender and blitz at a high speed for several minutes until the oil turns green. Pour the contents of the blender into a muslin cloth hung over a bowl and leave to strain
2
Add a dash of vegetable oil to a saucepan and fry the shallots, garlic, chillies, cinnamon and sprig of curry leaves for 5 minutes until soft. Add the diced tomato and cook for a further 5 minutes
3
Add the green beans, chilli flakes, cumin, turmeric and pepper and cook gently for 5 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer for a few more minutes. If you'd like a drier curry with a thicker sauce, simply add less coconut milk
4
Season to taste, then transfer to a serving bowl. Top with crispy shallots, extra curry leaves (ideally fried in a little oil until crisp) and finish with a drizzle of the curry leaf oil
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