Monday, May 5, 2014

Massaman Beef Curry



Having never been to Thailand I don't really know what Thai food should taste like but I have eaten a ton of Thai food in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. My favourite is Pad Thai with Massaman Beef being a close second.
A couple of our friends recently came back from a trip to Thailand and brought me some packaged curry pastes. I normally like to try and make my own pastes but find that it is too expensive and time consuming to try and track down all the ingredients especially when you can buy a a prepackaged paste that is packed with flavour.
This is pretty much just a meat and potato stew on rice. The coconut milk and bright flavours from the cilantro really make this a dish that you keep going back for. I added some spinach and pepper to get some veggies in my life. This could be a good slow cooker meal or you can rush it out in around an hour.

Ingredients:

  • cubed beef (I actually chopped up a couple steak that were on sale)
  • a few cubed yellow potatos
  • 1 package Blue Elephant yellow curry paste
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 Thai chili peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  • l/2 bag of spinach
  • 1 large handful of cilantro
  • 2 squeezed lime
  • 3 cloves carlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • cooked rice (to serve with)
  • 1 cup beef broth

 Directions:

  1. Heat a pan to medium and add the meat. Brown the exterior of the meat.
  2. In a food processor blend the garlic, chili, ginger, and lime juice.
  3. Add the mix to the meat.
  4. Pour in the broth and turn the heat to low.
  5. Add the potatoes.
  6. Mix in the paste and peanuts.
  7. Let this simmer for 25 - 30 minutes (you want the meat to fall apart if you press on it with a fork and the potatoes to be soft).
  8. When the meat and potatoes are soft throw in the coconut milk, spinach, and peppers.
  9. Serve with additional peanuts and the cilantro.

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