Mild venison curry

By Julie Marr
Serves 6

2 cups each sliced carrot, onion and celery

1 red capsicum - sliced

1 green capsicum - sliced

2 cups quartered yellow squash - optional

3 cups water

1.2kg venison - diced

cooking spray

4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

½ teaspoon chilli powder - or to taste

2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons beef stock powder

1 cup sultanas

2 cups peeled, diced apple

4 heaped tablespoons cornflour

2 teaspoons imitation coconut essence

2x 375ml can evaporated milk - light evaporated milk may be substituted

rice, potatoes or pasta - to serve


1 Place half of the carrots, onion, celery, capsicum and squash in a microwave-safe dish, add 1½ cups of water and microwave on high for 8 minutes. Drain the liquid, retaining 1 cup of stock, and set this aside. Repeat the process for the remaining vegetables, draining the liquid and setting a second cup of stock aside.

2 Coat a large, heavy-based saucepan with the cooking spray and brown the venison for 5 minutes using a high heat. You may find it easier to brown the meat in two batches. Drain and discard any excess liquid from the meat.

3 Place all of the meat into the frypan, reduce the temperature to a medium heat and add the ginger to the venison. Cook for 1 minute.

4 Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika, chilli and salt to the venison. Stir well for 1 minute.

5 Dissolve the stock powder in the stock water retained from the vegetables. Add this, together with the sultanas and apples, to the venison. Cook for 2 minutes.

6 Add the vegetables, stirring to combine, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

7 Blend the cornflour with a little of the evaporated milk and set aside. Add the remainder of the evaporated milk and coconut essence to the frypan, stirring to combine with the vegetables.

8 Increase the heat to medium and add the cornflour and evaporated milk mix. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Do not allow it to bubble for too long or the evaporated milk will spatter.

9 Serve with steamed or boiled rice, boiled chat potatoes or pasta.