Coconut Red Curry With Tofu from Melissa Clark

  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or safflower oil
  • 1-inch ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai chile or 2 serrano peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro stems
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • ½ tsp sea salt, more to taste
  • 3 tbsp prepared red curry paste
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Asian fish sauce
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • Basil and/or cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Brown or white rice, for serving
  1. Cut tofu into 1-inch slabs and place on paper towel-lined baking sheet. Cover with another layer of paper towels and place another baking sheet on top. Let sit for 20 minutes. Cut into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ginger, shallots, garlic, chile and cilantro stems, and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in curry paste and cook 2 minutes. Pour in coconut milk, scraping up any curry paste with a wooden spoon. Add fish sauce, lime zest and juice. Add tofu cubes and snow peas. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and the snow peas are tender, 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste and add more salt and/or fish sauce if needed.
  3. Serve warm with brown rice and a scattering of torn basil and/or cilantro leaves on top.

 

Cauliflower Curry Samosas

SAMOSA DOUGH:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • canola oil (for frying)
CAULIFLOWER FILLING :
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (roughly chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
MINT YOGURT SAUCE :
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mint (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Samosa Dough: In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Add the oil and gently rub into the flour mixture until flaky dough starts to form and the oil is completely coated in the flour mixture. Begin adding the water and mix to combine until a stiff dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is shiny and elastic but not wet and sticky.
  • Cover with plastic and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls. Roll each ball of dough out into a 6-inch circle then cut in half. Brush the straight edge with water, fold it in half, and align the two straight sides so they overlap to form a cone shape. Pinch the edges together to make a tight seal. Place some of the filling inside each cone, leaving the top edge clean. Moisten the inside top rim of the cone and press the edges together to make another tight seal. Place the samosas on a tray until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the frying oil to 360ºF. Line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels. Place the samosas in the Dutch oven and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • For the Cauliflower Filling: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, boil the potatoes until just tender, about 10-12 minutes. When cooled, cut the potatoes into a small dice and set aside.
  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the cauliflower and curry. Allow to cook until softened and lightly golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add the potato and cayenne and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the golden raisins and coconut milk, stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the cashews, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
  • For the Mint Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl add the yogurt and mint and whisk to combine. Add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and serve with samosas.
  • Tips: 1. Make the samosa filling and dough the day before to reduce prep time. Bring the dough to room temperature before assembling the samosas. Dough will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
  • 2. To toast the curry powder, place in a dry pan over medium-low heat until aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.

Butter chicken from recipetineats.com

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cream (full fat or light) OR for a lighter version use ¾ cup light cream + ¼ cup milk (low fat) (I used this)
    Marinade
    • ½ cup plain yoghurt, full fat
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp tumeric powder
    • 2 tsp garam masala
    • ½ tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper powder
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1.5 lb / 750 g seitan, cut into bite size pieces
    Curry
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee (Note 3)
  • 1 cup tomato passata or puree (also known as Tomato Sauce in America) (Note 4)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cream (full fat or light) OR for a lighter version use ¾ cup light cream + ¼ cup milk (low fat) (I used this)
To serve
  • Rice
  • Coriander/cilantro (optional)
  1. Optional step: for an extra smooth sauce, combine the Marinade ingredients (except the chicken) in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Combine the Marinade ingredients with the chicken in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil over high heat in a large fry pan. Add the chicken coated in the Marinade and cook for around 3 minutes, or until the chicken is white all over (it doesn’t really brown because of the Marinade).
  4. Add the tomato passata, sugar and salt. Turn down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Do a taste test to see if it needs more salt. Stir through the cream, then remove from heat.
  6. Garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves if using. Serve with basmati rice.

shrimp and cauliflower curry from Floyd Cardoz

  • 1 1/2 pounds144-145_Shrimp-Curry-with-Cauliflower_0/680 grams (21–25 count) head-on shrimp
  • Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, finely ground
  • 1 serrano chile, sliced lengthwise in half
  • 1 tablespoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • One and a half 13.5-fluid-ounce cans Chaokoh-brand coconut milk (stir well before measuring)

1. Remove the heads and shells from the shrimp, reserving both. Devein the shrimp and rinse them well. Season the shrimp with salt and refrigerate.

2. Place the shrimp heads and shells in a medium saucepan, add cold water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced to 3 cups, 25 to 30 minutes. Strain the stock and set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a 4- to 6-quart pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, turmeric, cumin, and pepper and cook until the garlic is lightly colored and the spices are fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add the reserved stock, the chile, tamarind paste, and vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Add the cauliflower and coconut milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Season with salt. Reduce the heat and simmer gently until the cauliflower is just beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.

6. Stir in the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are firm, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and discard the serrano, if desired. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot.

Changing It Up

Sometimes I make this with fish instead of shrimp, using one 4- to 5-ounce (113- to 142-gram) halibut or fluke steak per person. (The steaks come from cutting a whole fish crosswise into 1/2 – to 1-inch-thick slices. It’s a very pretty cut, resulting in a nice oblong shape with a bone in the middle and the skin ringing the steak.) Use fish stock or plain water in place of the shrimp stock; the fish’s bones and skin add depth and richness to the curry, just as the shrimp shells do. Add the fish steaks where the recipe instructs you to add the shrimp and cook until the fish is opaque and flakes easily.