The Easiest Thai Curry Dish You’ll Make This Year
I was recently invited to a private cooking class, and we were informed that we would be cooking a Thai curry dish. I must say, I was a little hesitant about it at first. I’m not a huge fan of some of the common flavors in Thai cooking, including cilantro.
When we started the class, things didn’t get much better. I saw pineapple, and ginger …two other flavors I’m ashamed to say I have a hard time with. The good news, however, was that I trusted that each of the ingredients served a purpose in this dish. I was going to eat everything on my plate regardless of my preferences, because that was the only way to get the full experience of this Thai curry dish.
When we finally had the finished meal in front of us, I was ready. This plate was beautiful. A fluffy white rice was the base of bright pineapples, deep red curry, fresh chopped onion and a combination of spicy, citrus flavors that I could basically taste in the air.
In honor of trusting the ingredients, I wanted to give you guys a rendition of this plate that I made in my own kitchen. I incorporated a few new things and omitted others, but I learned that the beauty of a Thai curry dish is that you can really add in whatever you’d like. Heck, we even had red grapes in ours! Be brave and try something new.
Here is a super easy Thai curry dish to make at home:
- 2 cups cooked basmati rice
- ½ cup red curry paste
- 225 g firm tofu
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic
Here’s what you do:
- To ensure you get some nicely-textured tofu, remove the block from water and wrap it in a cheese cloth or thick paper towel. Place it between two plates, and put a weight on top. Turn it every twenty minutes, to ensure each side is rid of any excess water. Check out this crunchy tofu recipe that requires no deep-frying!
- In a saucepan, heat onion and garlic at medium heat with a splash of water. Cook until onions begin turning translucent.
- To this, add mushrooms, bell peppers and red curry paste.
- While this simmers and the paste begins coating the vegetables, begin to prepare your rice.
- Add coconut milk and fish sauce to skillet. As you stir, the sauce will become a lighter red, and the texture will become slightly creamier.
- Add in your prepared tofu, as well as your lime juice.
- Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes, and stir in your basil.
- Scoop some rice into a bowl, and top with your sauce.
Tip: Making your own red curry paste requires some extra time and ingredients, but you can also get a pre-made option from the store. There are lots of versions to choose from, so check the ingredients for the one that suits you best.
If you’re looking for a beverage that will compliment this dish well, consider this list of the best drinks for Thai dishes! Looking for a recipe that’s a little more suited to a night of football? Check out this chicken drumstick recipe that is sure to please everyone around the television!
Do you have a favorite Thai curry dish recipe? Comment below and lets trade recipes!0