Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Back to Blogging – with Curry!

I’m back from a much needed blogging break, and I’m sharing a delicious meal that Andy and I made a week or so ago. We didn’t follow a recipe, so if you’d like to recreate, just follow the steps – it’s really easy!! This is a red Thai curry and was easily the best thing we’ve ever made together. It was so tasty and a lot more fun than just ordering it at a restaurant. It took us a while to make it, but I’m sure it will go faster the second time we try to make it. Also, my stove is in a very awkward position, so only one person can use it at a time.

First, we chopped everything we needed: yellow bell pepper, green bell pepper, a hot pepper, eggplant, tofu for me, chicken for Andy, and we got out a whole lot of spices!


I pressed the tofu and sprinkled them lightly with flour. I sautéed them with olive oil until they were nice and crispy. Andy chopped up a chicken breast and cooked the pieces until they were fully cooked as well.


We set the tofu and chicken aside and sautéed the veggies until they were cooked, but the peppers were still crispy.


Next up was the curry sauce. Things got a little crazy with my wok, so I don’t have many pictures. I sautéed some store-bought red curry paste with olive oil until it deepened in color. This cooked very quickly, so I recommend starting on low heat. I slowly added 1 1/2 cans of light coconut milk (plus some water – it was pretty thick) to the paste. This tasted good, but store-bought red curry paste definitely needs some help, and it isn’t spicy at all. We added red pepper flakes, lots of lime juice, sriracha sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, and a couple drops of sesame oil. After it simmered for a few minutes, it was getting seriously delicous!!


After we meticulously adjusted the sauce to taste, in went the veggies!


It was pretty hard at this point not to stick my head in the wok and eat everything inside.


Just to be extra indulgent, we popped frozen Trader Joe’s garlic naan in the oven. Perfect for sauce dipping!


The finished product!! Somewhere deep down there is a small mound of brown basmati rice, topped with the curry, tofu, basil leaves, and crushed peanuts.


This was sooo amazing! Pretty involved, but totally worth every minute…and even though it takes a while, it’s still really easy! Definitely keep another lime on hand to add more lime juice – it tasted so good. The basil and peanuts were wonderful too…the toppings definitely brought it up to restaurant quality curry…yum!!



  1. I recently started using curry paste for the first time and love how easily it gives so much flavor!

  2. this meal looks amazing! beautiful presentation too. oh and i just love TJ's Naan!