Alrighty, so here is the first surprisingly easy recipe. This is going to be a pretty neat little series, I think (hope).
I’m starting with by absolute favourite Thai dish ever – Massaman Curry. For those of you who are new to Thai, I’d say this is their version of Korma. For those of you who eat some Thai but have knowledge that ceases at Green Curry, then this is similar, but nuttier.
In any case, it is a delicious coconutty, peanutty and super fragrant potato curry that goes with most meat and vegetarian options…and best of all, its not as hard as you think to make one. I first had it in Memphis with a blinking STEAK on top of it.
You will need:
– Shrimp (or whatever you want to use instead of Shrimp. Chicken, Beef, Tofu…anything. Or nothing)
– 1/2 Medium Potato, diced. per person.
– 1 Onion, chopped finely
– 1 Garlic Clove, crushed and sliced thinly
– 1tbsp Massaman Curry Paste
-1 Red or Yellow Pepper, chopped
– 2 tins of Coconut Milk
– Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Waterchestnuts…it’s up to you)
– Fish Oil (I actually use Olive Oil, but Fish Oil is more traditional)
I’ll keep this next bit quick, because recipes are so boring.
1. Cook the shrimp, garlic and onion in some oil. I added a bit of chilli because I like my curry HOT, but if you like them mild, don’t bother. Make sure the shrimp has gone pink all over (about 3minutes) and then cook until the onions are tender.
2. Remove these from the pan and cook the Massaman Curry Paste in 1 teaspoon of oil until has softened. Put the Shrimp mixture back into the pan.
3. Add the coconut milk and stir until the Massaman Curry Paste has dissolved into the milk.
4. Stir in the potatoes and ensure that they are covered by the curry. Cook under a cover until the potatoes are soft throughout.
5. Add in the rest of your Veg (its best if its crunchy) and cook until it’s at the texture you like.
6. Serve with Rice and sprinkle peanuts on top. Mmm.
p.s. tune in for the next Surprisingly Easy Recipe – something with 4 sausages, coming up whenever I can be bothered cooking the 4 sausages in my fridge.