I don’t know what it is this year, holidays are sneaking up on me before I realize but between being busy with Maisie and my not seeming to be able to get my act together, they are passing by without much fanfare here in the Cook Lisa Cook house. This year for Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, we did…well nothing special. Instead of going to one of the big celebrations Maisie chose to spend the day doing what she loves best, playing and doing gymnastics with one of her besties. Since we were home, and it was a holiday, a delicious dinner was a must. As it worked out I was contacted by Foodie Blogroll and Thai Kitchen and asked to make a dish using some of the Thai Kitchen’s products. If you follow this blog at all, you know that we’re huge curry lovers so that’s the direction I chose to go and thanks to the package from Thai Kitchen and my stocked pantry I had everything I needed in the house.
Though there seem to be a lot of ingredients in my Massaman Curry, it’s simple to prepare and came out creamy delicious with a nice bit of heat, a perfect Chinese New Year or any day comfort food meal.
新年快樂 , Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!
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- 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin bite-sized pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
- 2 medium carrots, roll cut into chunks
- 2 TBS. coconut oil, or oil of your choice
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 4 TBS fresh grated ginger
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Thai red chilis, sliced, use more or less depending on your heat tolerance
- 1/2 cup Cheaters Chicken Soup or low sodium chicken stock
- 1 TBS. lemongrass powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 cup ground, unsalted dry-roasted cashews
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. tamarind paste
- 3/4 tsp. shrimp paste (available by the jar at Asian stores)
- 2 TBS. Thai Kitchen fish sauce
- 1 TBS. coconut palm sugar, Whey Low Gold or brown sugar
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 14 ounce cans Thai Kitchen coconut milk
- 3-4 mini baby bell peppers, mix of red, yellow & orange, thinly sliced
- 2 medium plum tomatoes, sliced lengthwise into 8 wedges each
- 1/3 cup whole unsalted dry roasted cashews
- fresh cilantro
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil and then the onion, ginger, garlic and chili. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes to release the fragrance.
Add the chicken stock, lemongrass, turmeric, ground cashews, coriander, cumin, white pepper, cardamom, tamarind paste, shrimp paste, fish sauce, palm sugar and bay leaves. Stir with each addition and bring to a light boil.
Add the coconut milk, potatoes & carrots. Stir and bring back up to a boil. Reduce heat until you get a good simmer. Simmer uncovered 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes & carrots are tender. Add the chicken, red pepper and tomato during last 10-15 minutes of cooking.
Taste test the curry, adding more fish sauce for increased flavor/saltiness, more chili if you want it spicier. If too sour, add a little more sugar. If too salty or sweet add more tamarind. If too spicy, add more coconut milk.
Stir in the whole cashews. Serve over rice and add fresh cilantro if desired..
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