Sunday, July 22, 2007

Masaman curry

It's been a while since the last recipe... Last time it was a Lebanese recipe, this time it's a Thai one (to celebrate Jó's half Thai-ness! :))

So, Masaman curry:
  • It's tasty
  • It's pretty easy to cook
  • So try it!
I got the recipe from this page, though I've made some minor changes to it. I've only done this with chicken, though the recipe calls for beef, and I'm sure lamb would work well too.

Ingredients (for four meals):
  • 2 tbsp Masaman curry paste (which you can buy from Mai Thai near Hlemmur, and store in a freezer)
  • A cup of coconut milk
  • One pound of meat cut into 1 inch cubes
  • A couple of large potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • An onion, cut in 8 chunks
  • 1/2 cup of cashews (peanuts should work too)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Also, I've added 1/2 tbsp of tamarind powder, 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon and some bay leaves, but you don't have to add those.

Heat up the coconut milk and curry paste over med/low heat for five minutes or so, and mix well. Add the meat, and some water (enough to cover up all the meat) and the spices / salt / sugar.

Stew for half an hour or so, then add the potatoes, onion and cashews. Cover and simmer for another half hour, adding water if necessary. When the potatoes are soft enough, you're done!

Note that the flavors in the meal take some time to come together, so you should cook this meal one day before serving it, and reheat a day later. Serve with rice, and enjoy!

There's a good recipe for a cucumber salad on that same page I linked to, you can look it up. Oh, and you should serve this with Rambutans and Longans for dessert, to complete the Thai experience :).


The Thor said...

Very nice :D

Love Thai food, most Thai places in Reykjavik are a bit too generic European/American. However Na Na Thai close to Skeifan is probably the most authentic in my view.

Djaddi said...

Na Na Thai's pretty good, I also liked Krua Thai (by the harbor). And Mai Thai is seriously good for getting all the Thai ingredients!
However my wife's Thai aunt is coming here today, and her mom is visiting in a couple of weeks, so I'm sure we'll have plenty of good Thai food this month :D

Bea said...

In your list of ingredients you have "1 pound of meat". The best choice of meat to have in Gang Masaman is beef. Not chicken and not lamb

SLK said...

Can I come visit you two and have you cook for me? ;)

Djaddi said...

Thanks for the tip Bea :).

Steph, sure, come on in, Jó's aunt has already taught me three more Thai meals :)

Alda said...

Mmm. Gotta try that.