By Helen Groves

I picked up a bag of lovely organic veg for only £10 from the Joyful Roots pop-up at Sugarpie Honeybuns café and made this Katsu Curry with it. You can use any vegetables you like and it’s also great with tofu. 


For the sauce:
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 small banana, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Coconut oil (or whatever oil you prefer to cook with)
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp garum masala
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp chilli powder (or more if you like it hot!)
1 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp soy sauce
400g veg stock

For the veg:
1 small aubergine cut into 2.5cm cubes
1 large courgette cut into 2.5cm cubes
1 red pepper cut into 2.5cm cubes
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp gram (chickpea) flour mixed with 4 tbsp water
and tsp salt until it’s the consistency of double cream
70g panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Sesame oil

To serve:
Fresh coriander


1. Preheat oven to 180C or gas mark 5. Line a large tray with baking paper.

2. Put flour, gram flour paste and panko breadcrumbs into three separate shallow bowls. 

3. Cut up veg and then dip each piece into first the flour, then the gram flour paste and lastly the breadcrumbs. Place on the tray and sprinkle well with sesame oil. Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes, turning the veg halfway through.

4. Make the sauce. Fry the onion on a low heat until transparent before adding garlic, carrot and banana and cooking for a further five minutes. Add the spices and cook for a minute or so before adding the stock, soy sauce and tomato purée. Simmer until everything is soft. Blend until smooth with a stick blender or food processor.

Serve the vegetables and sauce with rice and some fresh coriander. 

This curry is great with warm sake or a chilled Riesling. Happy Eating!

Joyful Roots is one part of wider community initiative, Black Butterfly, who also run wellbeing and mental health therapy programmes. In the coming year, they will be expanding to offer creative arts projects, cultural education programmes, enterprise hubs, fitness clubs, roller-skating events, a new youth-led project and music programmes.
You can find them at, on Facebook
@blackbutterflyuk and Instagram @blk_butterfly

Read more about the Joyful Roots project here Community Enterprise Sparks Joy within the Town and the Kitchen

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