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S. H. Fernando Jr.'s Cashew Nut Curry

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Perhaps the most unusual curry in S.H. Fernando Jr.'s guide to Sri Lankan cuisine, Rice & Curry, is made of an ingredient more often found in a bowl of mixed nuts than in a steamy pot of coconut milk and chiles. Cashew Nut Curry is a wonderfully rich vegetarian curry, with soft, fatty cashews floating in creamy coconut milk spiced with curry leaves, lemongrass, coriander, and just enough chile heat.

What Worked: Never thought of nuts as a curry ingredient? Give it a shot; this is a fascinating dish.

What Didn't: All clear.

Suggested Tweaks: This recipe has us wondering what other nuts can be stirred into the curry equation.

Reprinted with permission from Rice & Curry by S.H. Fernando Jr.. Copyright © 2011. Published by Hippocrene Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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