This is one of the easiest suppers to make, but somehow, however much I know this, it always surprises me. Not in the cooking, so much as in the eating: I can't believe, each time anew, how deep and textured and full-throttle, in a sweet, comforting way, this tastes, when all I've done is a bit of shopping and some light stirring.
Obviously it helps if you can use some of the convenience stuff I list: the ready-peeled, cubed squash and sweet potato, and the mango I get at the supermarket make this a breeze. But if you can't find them, no matter: add a few drained canned chick-peas and perhaps, for sour-sweet edge, some pineapple that's been in its own juice, not syrup. As for coconut milk, I often use the whole can rather than the mere half below; it really depends on whether I feel like eating out of a deep bowl, soupily, or a shallow one.
Photo by Lis Parsons.
Recipe posted by Nigella