09 April 2009


Last week I tweeted about my dinner of Thai Masaman curry and was asked for the recipe. So here we go!

I would love to pretend that I cooked it completely from scratch, grinding my own spices and making my own curry blend, (and perhaps milking a coconut?). But truth be told, I actually found this incredible brand of Thai curry spices when searching for practical stocking stuffers one year, and have been using the different blends ever since. The brand name is Maesri, and the blends come in small cans that hold enough spice for one dinner. Well, actually, for my family of four, we get two dinners out of one can of spices. This is how the can looks:

We get it at the quasi-local Asian market.

To make what turned out to be (IMHO) the perfect Masaman curry (feeds 6-8), you will need:

1 can Maesri masaman curry paste
4 chicken thighs
1 large Yukon Gold potato
5 green onions
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp tamarind paste (also from the local Asian market)
1 can coconut milk (full fat version, not the skinny stuff from Trader Joe's)
(ETA: the low fat coconut milk doesn't give a rich enough flavor, IMHO, and I end up using two cans of it rather than one of the full fat milk and one can of water)
water to fill coconut milk can

steamed Jasmin rice (4 cups water, 2 3/4 cups rice in rice cooker)

Cut the 4 chicken thighs into 1/2 inch x 2 inch strips, cut potato into 1/2 inch cubes and set aside, slice green onions thin and then cut the tops into 1 pieces. Set everything aside.

In a saute pan, combine curry paste, coconut milk, sugar and tamarind. Make sure to scrape the can of coconut milk for the sediment - that's the best part! Fill the can with water and swish it around to get the last of the sediment. Set water aside to use later. Stir the mixture in the pan until it is bubbling. At this point, if you taste it, it will be awful. It needs to cook more to bring out the flavor. Let simmer for about 7 minutes. Add chicken, potato and green onions. Stir. Add water from can. Stir mixture and simmer. Reduce heat (mixture should still be bubbling) and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until potato is soft. The mixture will become a little thicker. Now is the time to taste. If it is too sweet, add a bit more tamarind (but don't over-do - it's sour!). If it's not sweet enough, add a bit more sugar.

Serve over Jasmin rice. Enjoy!!

The curry leftovers keep really really well in the refrigerator, and actually taste even better after a day or two. We keep some and have it when no one feels like cooking!

In other news, I haven't heard from Lisa in Western MA about the book she won, so on next Tuesday (I'm waiting a week), I'll randomly choose a different name and someone else will get the Fiber Gathering book!

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Blogger (formerly) no-blog-rachel said...

Looks like a fab recipe - and quick for mid-week cooking too. Thanks for sharing!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Looks scrumptious! But don't try milking a coconut. The teats are so small that it's REALLY awkward.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous KT said...

I love these, use them all the time. Mmmmm.

8:00 AM  
Blogger JellyDonut said...

This recipe sounds divine. I'm wondering why you don't recommend the lower fat coconut milk. Just curious. I've used it before with no problems, but wouldn't want to have to feed this to the garbage disposal because I veered from the formula. Thanks for solving tonight's dinner dilemma.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

That sounds really good! I've been on the lookout for new recipes; I realized that part of my dislike for cooking is that I'm limited to the same few things day after day because the kids are not adventurous eaters. I'm now on a mission to find new things they'll eat. I had a recent victory with pulled pork with ginger barbecue sauce. :)

8:54 AM  
Blogger jacquieblackman said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try it.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thai + curry = YUM! Living where I do...not a Thai restaurant within a 100 mile radius...I've had to master whatever Thai dishes we want to eat. And curries are definitely a favorite! Thanks for sharing.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Maia said...

Funny! I bought that same paste recently. I was really good. Must get more!

1:40 PM  
OpenID emileeknits said...

Masaman curry is one of my favorite Thai dishes. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love Masaman from one of local restaurants, so I will have to give this a try. I have tried Curry but could never get it close enough to Masaman. Thanks for sharing.

7:38 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

my mouth is watering.

2:21 PM  

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