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January 7, 2023 | All, Chardonnay Recipe, Food & Wine, Winter Recipes | Fort Ross

2019 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay & Coconut, Cashew, and Squash Curry

Winter 2023 selections: Coconut, Cahsew, and Squash Curry

This easy, vegetarian curry is packed with flavor. Our 2019 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay, with it's superb creaminess, matches well with the rich nuttiness from the coconut and cashews. 

Recipe by Elaine Johnson via Sunset Magazine


1 1/2 qts. peeled, 1 1/2-in. chunks kabocha* or other orange-fleshed winter squash (from a 3-lb. squash)

 About 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided

 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

 1 onion, halved and cut into half-moons

 1 or 2 red or green serrano chiles, minced

 1 cinnamon stick (2 1/2 in.)

 20 fresh curry leaves* or 6 dried bay leaves

 1 teaspoon turmeric

 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

 1 can (14.5 oz.) coconut milk

 1 cup salted roasted cashews

 1 tablespoon lemon juice

 Steamed basmati rice


1. Sprinkle squash with 1/2 tsp. salt. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown half the squash in oil, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes; reduce heat if squash starts getting dark. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with 1 tbsp. oil and remaining squash.

2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp. oil in another large frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer half to the nonstick frying pan and reserve other half in a bowl.

3. Add chiles, cinnamon, and curry leaves to onion in pan. Cook, stirring often, until curry leaves are very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add turmeric, cumin, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.

4. Return squash to nonstick frying pan (with onion) and add coconut milk. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in cashews and lemon juice, and add more salt to taste. Top curry with reserved onion and serve with rice.

*Kabocha peels are edible. Find curry leaves in Indian markets.

Pair with our 2019 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay »

Why It Works 

This mild, slightly sweet curry harmonizes with the fruit flavors of our 2019 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay, while the creamy, nutty notes of coconut and cashew are amplified by the subtle oaky roundness of the wine.


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