Levi's spicy root vegetable stew is full of flavour. Make it really special by serving with a sweet and fiery mango and coconut relish.
2 tbsp sunflower oil, or groundnut oil
3 onions, peeled, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed to a paste with the edge of a knife
4cm/1½in piece fresh root ginger, peeled, finely chopped or grated
1 Scotch bonnet chilli, seeds removed, chopped
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp ground turmeric
1½ tsp ground coriander
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
300g/10½oz carrots, peeled, cut into equal-sized pieces
300g/10½oz parsnips, peeled, cut into equal-sized pieces
300g/10½oz sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into equal-sized pieces
400g/14oz small waxy potatoes, halved lengthways
1 litre/1¾ pints vegetable stock, or water
2 fresh bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato purée
pinch soft dark brown sugar
75g/2½oz cashew nuts, crushed, plus extra, chopped, to serve
100g/3½oz French beans, trimmed, cut in half
200g/7oz baby spinach leaves, washed
4 tbsp double cream
1 lime, juice only
75g/2½oz desiccated coconut, just covered with boiling water and set aside to soak for 30 minutes
½ tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp caster sugar
½ tbsp rum
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, stones removed, julienned
2 red chillies, cut in half, seeds removed, very finely sliced
1-2 limes, juice only
handful fresh mint leaves
For the hot hot roots, heat the oil in a casserole over a medium heat and add the onions. Fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown, stirring well to ensure they don't burn. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly, then add the spices and cook for a further minute, or until fragrant.
Stir in the carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and potatoes and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, or until softened and golden-brown. Add the vegetable stock (or water), bay leaves, tomato purée, soft dark brown sugar and crushed cashew nuts and stir to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender, adding extra stock if the mixture becomes too dry. (The sauce should be thick enough to just coat the vegetables.)
Add the beans and spinach, cook for a further three minutes, or until the beans are just tender, then stir in the cream. Add half the lime juice and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, adding more lime juice, to taste, as necessary
Meanwhile, for the mango and coconut relish, transfer the soaked coconut to a food processor (squeeze the coconut to remove any excess water). Add the mustard seeds, caster sugar, rum and salt and blend to a coarse paste.
Layer the mango slices with spoonfuls of the coconut paste onto a serving plate, squeezing over the lime juice and a sprinkle of chilli between each layer. Sprinkle the mint over the top of the relish. (If you're preparing the relish ahead of time, add the mint just before serving.)
Serve the hot hot roots scattered with chopped cashew nuts, and spoon the relish alongside.
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