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Arabic curry

By Roviochickinz, member

Posted: January 31st, 2012

This recipe was made with the Recipe Maker to create a customized Thai curry with your choice of curry paste, meats, vegetables, and garnishes. For a complete meal, serve with steamed jasmine rice or rice noodles. Created Using: Thai Curry
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1 13.5- to 14-oz. can coconut milk
1/4 cup green curry paste
1 cup lower-salt chicken broth, or homemade chicken or vegetable broth
2 Tbs. light brown sugar or light brown palm sugar; more as needed
1 tsp. fish sauce; more as needed
3 stalks fresh lemongrass, trimmed, bruised, and cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces
6 whole fresh or thawed frozen wild lime leaves (or substitute 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest)
3 1/8-inch-thick slices fresh ginger or galangal
1/3 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 lb. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into bite-size pieces
1/3 lb. firm white fish (such as sea bass or halibut), cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup bite-size asparagus pieces
3/4 cup sliced kabocha squash (1/4-inch-thick bite-size slices)
3/4 cup bite-size pineapple chunks
3/4 cup bite-size Japanese or Chinese eggplant pieces
lime wedges, for garnish
cucumber strips or wedges, for garnish
fresh red chiles, cut into 1/8-inch strips or sliced into rings, for garnish
1 Tbs. thinly sliced fresh or thawed frozen wild lime leaves, more for garnish
a drizzle of coconut milk, for garnish

Shake the can of coconut milk or stir it well (this creates a consistent thickness, since the fat often solidifies at the top of the can).

In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan or wok over medium heat, simmer 1/2 cup of the coconut milk, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. It will get very thick and shiny and may or may not separate; either is fine.

Add the curry paste, whisk well, and cook, continuing to whisk, for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, sugar, fish sauce, and remaining coconut milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

Add the kabocha squash, eggplant, lemongrass pieces, whole lime leaves, and ginger slices and continue to simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary. After 2 minutes, add the shrimp, tofu, and asparagus and continue to simmer. After another minute, add the fish and simmer for 1 minute more. Add the pineapple and simmer until everything is tender and cooked through, about 1 minute more.

Remove the curry from the heat. Season to taste with more sugar and fish sauce, and add the slivered lime leaves. Transfer to a serving bowl (or serve right out of the pot). Remove the lemongrass pieces, whole lime leaves, and ginger slices or tell your guests to eat around them. Garnish with the lime wedges, cucumber, red chiles, slivered lime leaves, and coconut milk.

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