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What you need:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

300g basmati rice
25g butter
1 large onion , finely sliced
1 bay leaf
3 cardamom pods
small cinnamon stick
1 tsp turmeric
4 skinless chicken breasts , cut into large chunks
4 tbsp curry paste
85g raisins
850ml chicken stock
chopped coriander and toasted flaked almonds to garnish

what you do:

Soak the rice in warm water, then wash in cold until the water runs clear. Heat butter in a saucepan and cook the onions with the bay leaf and other whole spices for 10 mins. Sprinkle in the turmeric, then add chicken and curry paste and cook until aromatic.

Stir the rice into the pan with the raisins, then pour over the stock. Place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and bring to a hard boil, then lower the heat to a minimum and cook the rice for another 5 mins. Turn off the heat and leave for 10 mins. Stir well, mixing through half the coriander.

To serve, scatter over the rest of the coriander and the almonds.

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What you need:

1 1/2 fillet steak, cut into thick strips
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1 Onion, cut into thick wedges
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 inch piece of Ginger, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 tbsp Curry paste
1/2 tsp salt

What you do:

Cut the red and green peppers into about 1 inch chunks.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the cumin and fennel seeds for about 2 minutes or until they begin to splutter.

Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chilli, and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the curry paste and salt and fry for a further 3-4 minutes.

Add the peppers and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the beef strips and continue to fry for 10-12 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Serve with warm naan bread.

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