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Curried Vegetable Pot Pie

March 15, 2010

Curried Vegetable potpie

Thanks to an idea from Martha, I did indeed make curried vegetable pot pie for dinner on Friday.  It was really simple, or would have been, if I hadn’t decided that I wanted to toast and grind my own spices.  But that’s how I roll.  I did buy the puff pastry dough, however, because I’m not that crazy.  Plus, it gave me an excuse to wander the aisles at Picard (where I also picked up some completely non-local and non-seasonal frozen sour cherries and wild blueberries – all this drab winter produce is starting to get to me, I think). 

But back to the pot pie.  I cleaned and chopped leeks, carrots, apples, and potatoes and sautéed them in butter with my homemade curry seasoning,* plus ground turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and cayenne pepper.  Salt goes without saying, right?  Meanwhile, I whipped up a quick béchamel sauce and seasoned it with more of the homemade curry spice and turmeric.  There was a smashed garlic clove and a bay leaf in there, too.  Once the vegetables were nearly tender, I added a couple of handfuls of frozen peas and poured the curry béchamel over it all.  This colorful mixture was then transferred to a pie dish and draped with a round of puff pastry.  I cut a few vents in the top and into the oven it went.  When the puff pastry was nicely browned (and puffed, bien sûr)  dinner was served.

Early in the grinding process

*I toasted fenugreek, coriander, cumin, and brown mustard seeds in a dry pan on the stove (the same one I later cooked the vegetables in).  When they cooled, I went at them with the mortar and pestle.  The smell was absolutely heavenly, and I don’t think I’ll ever buy premade curry powder again.

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

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5 Comments
  1. March 16, 2010 12:49 am

    I can attest to the absolute deliciousness of this dish! Thank you 🙂

  2. March 16, 2010 12:05 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t make your own puff pastry. We can no longer be friends (says the girl who bought and ate an entire box of Monoprix macarons last night, and fully intend to buy the other flavours today). Also, toasting spices is pretty much the best smell ever. 🙂

  3. March 16, 2010 7:30 pm

    purpleceline – Thank YOU! 🙂

    Hannah – Ha! And yes, it is. p.s. If you click that Picard link, you’ll see a post a friend of mine wrote about it where she clearly was allowed to take pictures (or managed to remain surreptitious enough not to get yelled at).

  4. March 16, 2010 10:49 pm

    Hmm. I’ll have to learn stealth, it seems!

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