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Chillies In Butternut And Sweet Potato Curry

Asked by Bcma9tl1. Answered on 30th April 2020

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Just a bit confused...what type of red chiles does Nigella use in the Sweet Potato Curry? Are they dried chiles?

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Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry
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Nigella's Butternut And Sweet Potato Curry (from AT MY TABLE) has a home-made fresh curry paste that includes red chiles. As the availability of chiles varies between countries, no particular type has been mentioned but they should be fresh and not dried chiles.

The type of chile we would suggest for this curry is a medium chile, such as a fresno pepper or a red jalapeno or red serrano pepper. You could also use the Dutch red finger chile peppers. Smaller chiles such as Thai bird's eye are much hotter and should only be used if you want a very spicy sauce. We would prefer to avoid very hot peppers such as scotch bonnet and habanero as their heat can overpower the other flavours in the sauce.

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