Baby corn and potato curry in smoky Mexican chipotle chilli and dark chocolate

14 May

Baby corn and potato curry in smoky Mexican chipotle chilli and dark chocolate


Baby corn and potato curry in smoky Mexican chipotle chilli and dark chocolateMy parents were on face time whilst I was making this curry today. My little sweetie had been running around in his spider costume, “I’m not Aarav, I’m spider Aarav” and insisting that I play with him instead of cooking, not dad…mumma. He knows. “It’s nice to see Rakesh at home and in the kitchen too, wow” commented my dad. They know it doesn’t happen all the time. So my husband turned the phone towards  me, showing that I was grating chocolate into the curry, “Look at what your daughter is doing”. My mum let out her idiosyncratic youthful and quiet giggle and my dad thought it was really interesting. Interesting, rather than any ode to the ridiculous butchering of a simple curry.

I did live my childhood without limits in my mind. I’m sure that if I had told my folks I wanted to become a Bollywood actress they would have said something about me having to learn how to dance rather than see my 5ft1 inch frame as an eliminating clause. I remember wanting to write a novel and my husband (before our marriage when I was a teen) asked me why not.  There was no reason not. I know kids are supposed to do things when there’s a time but I saw that my little one wanted to talk and he started naming animals and objects at ten months, why not?

So then when did the limits come in (to my mind)? Was it when they gave me predicted grades at school and deliberately undercooked them to ‘motivate’ me? Apparently they never predicted straight A’s as that would have made me complacent, apparently. Or was it when my manager spent an hour and half telling me the things that I needed to do better or wasn’t very good at because there was no point in telling me about the 95% (as he stated) of stuff I did right? Or was it when the health visitors and nursery nurses told me that my child would probably never be an eater. Or was it the people who told me that mainly celebrity folk get published in the magazines. When did it become about what is ‘realistic’. What can we afford? Even that’s a limit isn’t it? Where is a realistic place to find a new house?

I say, be the child that lets the mind float into wants and ventures. Like this curry.

Baby corn and potato curry in smoky Mexican chipotle chilli and dark chocolate

Have you seen how dark and deep that colour is? The chipotle and red pepper give smoky accents to the vegetarian curry and then you feel this deep, lightly bitter sweetness that’s quite embracing. You will smell whole spices and they add warmth, but don’t overpower the recipe. It is not a quiet curry that hides in the middle of a week of ‘I just ate’. No. This curry is for those times when you want to carry forwards.


350g baby corn, slit into quarter lengths

450g potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 cloves of garlic, roasted in their skins

2 cloves

1 small stick of cinnamon

1 tsp. cumin seeds

Salt to taste

45g chipotle chilli paste

20g dark chocolate

500ml water

3 red peppers, roasted

1 tsp. coriander powder

1 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. amchur powder or a squeeze of lemon juice

One onion, thinly sliced

¼ tsp. turmeric

4-5 curry leaves

2 tbsp. cooking oil


  1. Blitz the (skinned) garlic and red peppers to a puree and leave it to a side
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric and curry leaves and allow the seeds to sizzle before introducing the onion and salt. Sauté the onion until it has softened before mixing in the baby corn and the potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle in the cumin powder, coriander powder and the amchur powder. Mix it all well and then add the water and roasted red pepper mix and bring the curry to a simmer.
  4. Stir in the chipotle chilli paste and then grate in the dark chocolate.
  5. Cover the curry and simmer it until the potatoes are cooked.
  6. Serve with rice or better, buttery chappati.

28 Responses to “Baby corn and potato curry in smoky Mexican chipotle chilli and dark chocolate”

  1. simplyvegetarian777 May 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Aweosme! So out of the box curry :). Loved the colors and flavors…mor elite Mexican mole:).

    • Deena Kakaya May 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks Sonal! I’m quite surprised at how well these flavours work together z

  2. Katie @ Whole Nourishment May 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Oh my goodness, how we limit ourselves with our beliefs. But only to realize, as you have, that our beliefs are only distorted reflections based on our fears and insecurities rather than reality itself. I think about this so much, thanks for bringing it up Deena! 🙂 And I absolutely love this curried mole you’ve come up with using chipotle and chocolate. Delicious!!

    • Deena Kakaya May 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Katie, how are you? It’s lovely to hear from you. It’s sad that authoritative figures somehow shape our beliefs in the name of what is proper or protocol. But why should we let it define us? It takes a very bold and self assured person to refute it, albeit silently by actions rather than words. Makes me feel a greater sense of responsibility as a parent. I think I was lucky to be academic so I didn’t have as many put downs, but you know what? Some of my less academic or smart cousins or connections are thriving and perhaps more successful because they have an unshaken self belief.

      Glad like the recipe, good to venture away a bit 😉 x

  3. Elaine @ foodbod May 15, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    I love the wonderful rich colour ☺️

  4. Deena Kakaya May 15, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks Elaine, rich it is x

  5. kellie@foodtoglow May 15, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Holy mole’ that sounds fab, Deena. Dark chocolate does add a little something to any chilli.

    We come into the world without limits. It is others who impose them. Such a shame, but wonderful when we are brave enough to break through their hang-ups, prejudices and general negativity. Every day is a blessing. Feel – and act – blessed. I try to keep that as a personal motto. It sounds like it might in a way be yours, too.

    • Deena Kakaya May 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Kellie, you always say absolutely the right things to me, one of the reasons why I feel warmth when I read something from you. Yes, it has become my personal motto in very recent years and I blame youthful ignorance for living the first 30 years without it.

      I’ve also learned that chocolate does work in curry x

  6. Cheesy Biscuit May 15, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    The curry sounds great with those smoky, mole tones. And your post made me think of the quote, ‘the game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know where it will end.’ Reject what we’re told we are! And keep eating tasty fusion curries! 😉

    • Deena Kakaya May 15, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Karinna, it’s great to hear from and I’m so glad that you like this one and the story. We don’t know how it will end, so it’s important to be happy now and be grateful for the now right.


  7. Selma's Table May 15, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Deena, that is so true – and good on you for shaking off those shackles! I don’t know how you find the time to everything that you do and be such a wonderful mother – no limits I am guessing!! Love the sound of this – I am planning to make a keema today (yes, on the hottest day of the year so far!) and I might, just might try grating a little chocolate into it!

    • Deena Kakaya May 15, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Oh Selma, you know what? Just a second before I saw your comment I was talking to my neighbour about how I’m constantly feeling that in not doing enough or keeping my head above water! Glad it doesn’t always appear that way though!

      Oh, Keema with choc, please let me know if it’s as wonderful as I imagine .

      Lovely to see you on here again Selma xx

  8. Joanne May 15, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Way to think out of the box with this curry! The flavors sound so intriguing!

    • Deena Kakaya May 15, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks Joanne, I’m pretty pleasantly surprised x

  9. Food Ren (@RenBehan) May 16, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    It’s so true – we receive so many knocks in our life and are the target of other people’s limited beliefs and it’s very hard to shake some of them off. Love how this delicious, and usual recipe challenges closed minds!

  10. coconutcraze May 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Aaaamazing recipe! Chocolate in a curry!!! I cannot imagine that but I can totally accept it. I like the rich colour and want to taste it. So i am making it to get the real feel! yes!

    • Deena Kakaya May 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you is much for your generous words and I am delighted that you will be making this one, please of let me know how it goes x

  11. Deena Kakaya May 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Funny thing is that people who impose limits have a powerful belief that being ‘realistic’ or practical is in the proper way. Glad you like the curry x

  12. spiceinthecity May 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I love this post Deena and the look of that curry 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya May 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks Naina, it’s great to connect with you. Really glad you like this post and recipe xx

  13. Sally May 17, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Well said Deena – it’s taken nearly 5 decades for me to start to silence an internal voice which echoes limits imposed by others. Great post, ethos and recipe.

    • Deena Kakaya May 17, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      From what I have learned and all that I continue to learn, I want to say that I’m happy for you that you have been able to silence some of those limiting voices. Thank you for your generous words Sally x

  14. deelightfullyveg May 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    You had me bowled over just by mentioning chocolate in the recipe title and I was hooked on to read this recipe and its just amazing 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya May 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Oh thank you so much for your generous words, I highly recommend it 😉 x

  15. Sophie33 May 21, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I made your divine special curry & my hubby Peter & I both loved it so much! I really think that you are the curry queen! 🙂 xxx

    • Deena Kakaya May 21, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      That is a lovely title that I’m smiling at reading! Thank you so much Sophie x

  16. recipesfromapantry May 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    I am droooooooooooooooling over this at the moment. Love the addition of chipotle. I have one lovely bottle i got which i am using sparingly as I dont want it to run out. Would love to try this.

    • Deena Kakaya May 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Bintu, it is SO good, hope you love it as much as I do when you try it out x

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