A fruitful number this. Some grated coconut (packet desiccated is fine too), fresh coriander leaves and little chunks of ripe mango can be served alongside. Poppadums wouldn’t go amiss either. Look out for Alphonso mangoes, available from April to June. Slice into one of these blondes and you’ll find thick, ochre-orange flesh that’ll slip down, with a nectar and flavour as heady as it is bright.
Put the garlic, ginger and onions in a processor and process to a paste, adding a drop of water if necessary. Fry the chillies and cardamom pods in the oil in a frying pan until the chillies blister, then throw in the curry leaves (if using) and fry for a further 20 seconds or so. Add the onion paste and
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