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Asian Spiced Veggie Burger Curry

This recipe is a South African / Indian influenced curry that uses ingredients that are typically available in South African supermarkets/groceries.

It was a finalist entry from the 2013 Fry's Vegetarian Curry Cook-off Competition.


Asian Spiced Veggie Burger Curry1 box meat free Asian spiced burgers, cubed
6 bitter gourd (karela)
30 ml oil
1 finely chopped onion
2 diced medium green chillies
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 piece crushed ginger
1 Tbsp masala
½ tsp each turmeric powder & jeera powder
1 can diced tomatoes
3 Tbsp tamarind juice
3 curry leaves

Cooking Instructions

  • Scrape out the bitter gourd. Slit the middle halfway and remove seeds. Rinse and leave to dry.
  • Heat the oil. Add the onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger. Fry for 2 minutes, then add the spices. Add the canned tomatoes and tamarind juice. Place the lid on the pot and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add the cubed Asian spiced burgers, curry leaves and salt to taste. Garnish with coriander.
  • Fill the bitter gourd with curry and tie with a piece of cotton to prevent it from sagging downwards. Place on a greased oven tray and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180°C.
  • Garnish with coriander, mint and spring onions. Serve with savoury rice.
Serves 3 people

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