Tasty Thai curry. August 26, 2009Posted by ourfriendben in recipes, wit and wisdom.
Tags: Thai cuisine, Thai curry, Thai curry recipe
Silence Dogood here. If you enjoy Thai cuisine as much as we do, but assume you could never, ever make a Thai dish yourself, I challenge you to try this super-easy curry. It’s so simple, and so flavorful, it’s really out of this world! Our friend Ben polished off his own plate, then blandly ate most of my plate too (“You don’t really want any more, right?”). Since I’m a vegetarian, this is a veggie-friendly version, but I think it would be every bit as yummy if you tossed in some boiled shrimp or diced cooked chicken.
Basic Thai Curry
1 small carton button mushrooms, washed, ends removed, sliced
1 carton cubed extra-firm tofu, rinsed and drained
1 large sweet onion (Vidalia, WallaWalla, Candy or 1015 type), peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into dice or strips
large handful or more of fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
can unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 package frozen unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon salt (we like Real Salt)
1 teaspoon dried Thai seasoning
1 teaspoon dried Thai curry powder
1 teaspoon dried lemon curry powder
extra-virgin olive oil
Heat olive oil in a deep, heavy Dutch oven or other pan (I love my LeCreuset). Add diced onion, salt, Thai red curry paste, and dried spices, and saute until onion clarifies, adding water or veggie stock as needed to prevent sticking. (As you can see, I’m a spice fanatic, but if you can’t find all these dried spices, just get a jar of red Thai curry paste from your local grocery and go with it. Your curry will still taste great!) Add mushrooms and cook until done, then add red bell pepper, coconut milk, frozen coconut, and basil. When basil wilts, add tofu cubes, and stir gently to mix well.
At this point, turn heat to low and cook plenty of rice in your rice cooker or on the stove. By the time the rice has cooked, your curry should be ready to serve. Make a big rice “nest” on each plate and spoon the curry into the nest. This should serve four, unless one of the four is OFB!
‘Til next time,