Monday, August 29, 2011

Masaman Chicken Curry - It's Thai Tonight

Masman Chicken Curry, a Thai dish is
another new dish that the girls suggested 
for Girl's Camp.  Pretty exotic camping fare!
This was my first venture with Thai food
(besides spring rolls and pad thai).

Since I had never had it, I had to test it out
before we served to to 24 at Girl's Camp.

My 17 year old son and my 20 year old daughter
walked in on the test dish and it was an 
instant favorite.  I was a little nervous about
serving this to girls between ages 12 and 18
but they all loved it too.

Hope you enjoy it.

You may have to find a specialty store
featuring Thai foods to get a few
of the ingredients, but it is worth
the search.

Masaman Chicken Curry Recipe

2 T. vegetable oil
3 T. masaman curry paste (Thai store)
3 T. red curry paste
2 - 19 oz. cans coconut milk (much better
if you don't use light)
1 3/4 C. water
6 T. soy sauce
7 T. sugar
4 T. tamarind liquid (Thai store)
1 lb. cubed, cooked chicken (or tofu)
1 C. cut up carrots
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 C. red potatoes, cubed with skins on
1/2 C. cashews, chopped

Jasmine or brown rice to serve it over

In a large pan heat the oil and stir fry the
curry pastes for a couple of minutes to bring
out the flavor.  Add the coconut milk and 
heat for a couple of minutes to blend flavors.
Add the water and remaining ingredients
except cashews. 

Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes
and carrots are soft.  If desired you can add
a little cornstarch mixed in cold water at 
the end to thicken up the sauce.

Serve over rice with the cashews.

You may stir the cashews in, but some people
don't like nuts, so we added them on top.

I had never had Masaman Curry before.  It has a very
mild, complex flavor and everyone loved it, even
our youngest girls.  

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  1. That looks delicious !!! from me

  2. This dish looks and sounds delicious and a little exotic. I have never cooked with coconut milk before, but I use it on cold cereal (unsweetened) and I enjoy it. xo,

  3. Thank you for dropping bye my blog for the recipe of the week. This one from you looks very good as well, and using chicken is pretty healthy as well. Richard

  4. This is my absolute favorite food! Next time your down in St. George go try it at Benja's Thai. (if you like sushi the Geisha roll is fabulous too!) It is in Ancestor square. I always request it with cashews instead of peanuts. I have tried a few recipes but I have never used red peppers in mine. I'll have to try it! Thanks:)

  5. Hello! I love your blog and I love your kitchen. I would kill for a pizza oven! My aunt is one of your dear friends and you did some of the recipes for my cousin's wedding. The salad dressing you put on the salad(spinach and berry salad) was to die for...I seem to have misplaced my recipe...could you post it?

    Also, I know you love to try new recreate recipes from restaurants. I would love to see a recipe from mimi's cafe for their bran muffins and Nordstrom Cafe's pomegranate smoothie :)

    Keep up the great work!

  6. Jacqueline -- how are you this fine day? Your Thai food looks so good -- where do you buy the Thai ingredients -- sorry to say that Tamarind liquid is not available in our area :). Your food at camp must have been like the food that we had many years ago where we had camp cooks. Do you remember the fruit soup -- it was my first time having one and loved it and all the food. I am sure the girls loved it! Joni

  7. This is one of our favorite Thai dishes. We love, love, love it. A good friend of mine from Thailand taught me how to make it and her recipe is very close to yours. Don't you love the way the potatoes soak up all those wonderful flavors? Oh dear, now you have me thinking of Thai food.

  8. It looks delicious...and is kid approved.

  9. We love curry, but I don't make it myself. A recipe that's teen-tested is a keeper!

  10. I love Massaman curry. There is a great little Thai place in SLC where we order it. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to make it at home.


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