Rosamund Grant of ‘Bambaya’ Africo-Caribbean restaurant says there are several names such as metagee, sancoche, oildown and oileen, for the variety of mixed vegetable Caribbean one-pot meals. A similar Hindu dish called aviyal is popular in Malaysia and southern India. Some of the vegetables used are common to both. Choose from yam, sweet potato, potato, plantain or green bananas, eddoes, raw mango, pumpkin, aubergine, okra, beans.
1/2 lb (750 g) mixed vegetables
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 green chillies, deseeded and diced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 tablespoons desiccated coconut lh teaspoon sea salt
1 pint (600 ml) thin-medium coconut milk
Chop the vegetables into large pieces and layer in a lightly-oiled heavy saucepan, placing the hardest vegetables at the bottom, and sprinkling each layer with the mixed garlic, chillies, cumin seeds, coconut and sea salt. Pour over the coconut milk and simmer for one hour or until the vegetables are cooked.
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