Curry-recipes

Quick and Easy Green Curry Recipe

If you’re looking for a warm and filling dinner recipe, look no further than a classic green curry.

It is so quick and easy to prepare (even for beginners) and tastes amazing with beef, tofu or even a basic vegetable option.

RELATED: Easy Coconut Beef Curry Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp green curry paste

2 tbsp olive oil

2 skinless chicken breasts (sliced)

400ml coconut milk

2 shallots

300g frozen peas

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 cup broccoli

Method

  1. Heat the oil for a few minutes, then combined the shallots and curry paste.
  2. Chop up (or slice) the chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces, then slowly stir it through the mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the coconut milk, broccoli and defrosted peas. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer.
  3. Season with soy sauce, and serve with boiled jasmine rice.

Image via Make My Trip

May 14, 2015

The Best Red Curry Recipe Ever

Create this delicious red curry and chicken dish with a healthy twist of quinoa instead of rice. Not only is this easy to make, but it’s so delicious (even better for lunch the next day!) Add some of your favourite vegetables including capsicum, mushrooms, and basil leaves for fresh flavour.

RELATED: 5 Ways To Eat Quinoa

Ingredients

1 can coconut milk

2 tbsp red curry paste

2 tbsp fish sauce

2-3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp lemon grass

1 large chicken breast

1 tbsp olive oil

Mushrooms

1 red bell pepper

Handful of basil leaves

1 cup quinoa

2 cups of water

Method

  1. Heat some olive oil over a medium pan, and add the sliced mushrooms and sliced pepper. Cook on for 10 minutes or until the vegetables soften.
  2. Cook the chicken breast (doesn’t matter whether you choose to boil, grill, or roast it in the oven). Cut into small strips when it’s cooked.
  3. Add the coconut into a large pan to boil, the slowly reduce to a simmer. Then add the tablespoon of red curry paste, brown sugar, and lemon grass. Stir well.
  4. After 10 minutes, add the cooked vegetables and slices of chicken into the mixture.
  5. In another pan, boil 2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the water has been completely absorbed.
  6. To serve, garnish with basil leaves, and serve with quinoa. Yum!

Image and Recipe via Julia’s Album

November 27, 2014

Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Thinking of doing a vegan challenge like Beyonce and Jay Z? Curry is one of our go-to easy dinner ideas, and this authentic Sri Lankan pumpkin curry recipe is so quick to make, it’s ready in under 30 minutes. A great recipe for when you want to go meat-free or have vegan or vegetarian friends over.

Recipes and images from Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

This thick, creamy curry, made with tender chunks of pumpkin, is enhanced by a burst of flavour from tempered onions, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Tempering is a method used often in Sri Lankan cooking and is a great way to increase the flavours of a curry. The technique involves frying onions, mustard seeds, sometimes fenugreek or cumin seeds, and curry leaves in oil until they are brown, slightly crisp and aromatic. This mixture is added to the curry just before it is served.

Serves 4–6 

Ingredients

Curry

750 g Jap pumpkin, seeded and cut into 5–6 cm pieces (skin left on)
4 small pink Asian shallots, sliced
2 thin green chillies, cut into thirds
1 sprig curry leaves, leaves picked and roughly chopped
8 cm piece rampe (pandanus) leaf, cut into 2 cm pieces
1 teaspoon unroasted chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons Manike’s thuna paha (or store-bought roasted curry powder)
1 teaspoon salt
500 ml coconut milk
250 ml coconut cream

For tempering

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 small pink Asian shallots, sliced
1 sprig curry leaves, leaves picked

Method

1. To make the curry, place the pumpkin into a clay pot or heavy-based saucepan, add the rest of the curry ingredients and mix to combine. There should be just enough coconut milk and cream to cover the pumpkin pieces.

2. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–12 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender, stirring the curry occasionally so the coconut milk does not split. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. For tempering, heat the coconut oil in a small wok or frying pan over medium heat and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds start to pop, add the shallots and curry leaves and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until the shallots are dark brown and starting to crisp a little. Remove from the heat and strain through a sieve. Stir half of the tempered mixture into the curry and garnish with the remaining mixture. Serve with pol roti and rice.

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December 4, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas: Crab Curry Recipe

Curries don’t have to take hours to cook, in fact this Sri Lankan crab curry recipe is one of our favourite quick dinner ideas, taking less than 30 minutes to make, and that includes making the aromatic curry paste from scratch.

Recipes and images from Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

Jaffna is renowned for its abundant seafood and a visit to the region isn’t complete without tasting their famous crab curry. We cooked the curry over an open fire in Bamini’s garden and the flavours were incredible! Be prepared to get a bit messy when eating this dish, but I can assure you it is worth it.

Serves 4 

Ingredients

4 blue swimmer crabs (about 400 g each) (or 2 live mud crabs, about 800 g each)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cm (¾ inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt, plus extra to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1–2 thin green chillies, halved lengthways (optional)
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons dried chilli pieces
1 teaspoon unroasted chilli powder
375 ml (13 fl oz/1½ cups) coconut milk
3 sprigs curry leaves, leaves picked
juice of ½ lime

Method

1. If using live mud crabs, place them in the freezer for 1–2 hours until they are completely immobilised before you begin chopping them.

2. Remove the triangular flap under the crab and discard it, then lift off and remove the head, keeping the head to cook with the rest of the crab for presentation. Remove the gills and any yellow ‘mustard’. Wash the crabs. Cut in half, then pull off the big claws. Using the back of a large knife, tap the claws to crack them; this allows the flavours to seep in while cooking. Wash the crab pieces and set aside.

3. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, ginger and salt into a paste. Heat the oil in a large wok or heavy-based saucepan and cook the onion over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the chillies and the garlic and ginger paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, dried chilli pieces and chilli powder; cook for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, curry leaves and crab pieces; simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and almost completely reduced, making sure to turn the crab regularly. Remove from the heat, add the lime juice and season to taste with salt.

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December 1, 2013

Best-Ever Butter Chicken Recipe

Who doesn’t love butter chicken, but instead of ordering one from your local takeaway (with that appetising layer of oil on top!), making your own couldn’t be easier or healthier. This recipe uses Greek yoghurt in the aromatic sauce instead of fattening cream and you wouldn’t notice the difference (well, your hips will!).

It might look like a lot of ingredients, but don’t let that put you off, as you’ll have most of them in your pantry already. Look for organic chicken thigh cutlets which taste so much better, and don’t forget to serve with warm naan or roti for dipping into the beautiful brick-red sauce.

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 1 hour 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

8 chicken thigh cutlets
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp paprika
50g unsalted butter
2 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp tomato paste
410g diced tomatoes
180ml chicken stock
5 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick, cracked
3/4 cup (180g) five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt
Salt to taste
five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt to serve
Fresh mint leaves to serve

Method

1. Marinate chicken with garlic, garam masala, coriander, cumin, chilli powder, paprika and yoghurt overnight (or for least 2 hours).

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook chicken until browned.

3. Add cardamom pods, vinegar, chicken stock, cinnamon, tomatoes, tomato paste and mix well. Bring to the boil then simmer for 40 minutes (or until the sauce starts to thicken).

4. Stir in five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.

5. Serve chicken with steamed rice, naan or roti bread for dipping.

If you don’t have time to marinate the chicken, just follow these instructions:

1. Dust chicken with a little flour and cook in butter until browned.

2. Remove chicken from pan and brown spices until fragrant.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients, including chicken and bring to the boil.

4. Cook over a low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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October 8, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas: Chicken Curry Recipe

My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph have been trimming down – losing over 20kgs in 7 weeks combined! How did they do it? They’ve been on the Bodytrim system and they’re sharing another of their favourite Bodytrim recipes, a quick dinner idea that’s probably one of your stand-by takeaway meals, but now you can make it in less time – and healthier – than your favourite Indian restaurant.

“We are suckers for a good old curry, they are just so delicious! Ginger, garlic, coconut, coriander…there’s just no better combo! Use salt-reduced stock though so you can control the saltiness. Why not even try making your own red curry paste, it’s so easy and you know what’s gone into it! You can even have a crack at some cauliflower rice or cauliflower purée. Yummy!”

Ingredients

600g chicken breast fillets
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp freshly chopped ginger
1 tbsp tomato puree
100ml vegetable stock (salt-reduced)
500g tomatoes
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp sesame oil
100ml coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 tbsp red curry paste
2 stalks Thai basil and coriander

Method

1. Cut chicken breast into small strips. Heat sesame oil in a wok or frying pan, and fry chicken, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.

2. Stir in coconut milk, tomato puree, curry paste and vegetable stock and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.

3. Drop whole tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, refresh in cold water, then skin, quarter, de-seed and cut into wedges.

4. Add tomatoes to the chicken curry a few minutes before serving.

5. Stir Thai basil and coriander into curry and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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October 3, 2013

Easy Coconut Beef Curry Recipe

Who doesn’t love an authentic curry? Ditch the greasy takeaway and whip up this delicious easy beef curry for dinner tonight. It’s a hearty and aromatic curry recipe with just the right amount of spice, and is ready in less time than it takes to get delivery!

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 sliced onions
1 tbsp oil
1kg cubed round steak
1/4 cup curry paste
2 tbsp Gourmet Garden Coriander
425g canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup coconut milk

Method

1. Brown onions in oil. Add cubed round steak and brown well.

2. Add curry paste, 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Coriander and cook for 1 minute.

3. Stir in canned tomatoes, beef stock and coconut milk.

4. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1hr, or until tender & stir in 1 extra tablespoon of Gourmet Garden Coriander. Serve with rice, pappadams and chutney.

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August 28, 2013

Pineapple, Chili And Sweet Chicken Curry

Ditch the greasy takeaway and make this delicious Thai chicken curry recipe at home, ready in only 30 minutes!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
750g chicken breast or thigh, chopped
500ml coconut milk
1tbsp red curry paste
½ tsp fish sauce
3 kaffir lime leaves
½ fresh pineapple, diced
2 red chilies, sliced (seeds removed if required)
2 chicken stock cubes

Method
1. Pour coconut milk, fish sauce, curry paste and stock into pot and dissolve to creamy consistency.

2. Bring curry to the boil over medium heat.

3. Add chicken and continue to cook over medium heat for 5 mins.

4. Add pineapple, kaffir lime leaves and chilis.

5. Continue to cook over low-med heat for 15 min. Serve with brown rice and steamed vegetables.

July 15, 2013

Meat-Free Mondays: Mushroom Curry

You won’t miss the meat in this delicious cardamom-scented mushroom curry. It takes less than 20 minutes to make – serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

Ingredients

400g mushrooms, sliced finely

1 onion, sliced finely

3 cloves garlic, sliced

2-4 tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped finely

¼ fresh chili, de-seeded and sliced finely, or ¼ tsp chili powder

½ tsp ground cumin

4 green cardamom pods, crushed

1 tsp garam masala

1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

120ml tomato juice or water

Oil or ghee

Salt

Method

1. Start by heating the fat and cooking the onion until it is translucent. Then put in the garlic and the mushrooms and sauté these until they begin to soften.

2. After that, add the tomatoes, ginger, chili powder, cardamoms and garam masala, the coriander leaves and salt. Stir these in well.

3. Finally, pour in the water or juice and cook gently for 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are very soft. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

What’s your favourite vegetarian recipe?

March 11, 2013