Monday, June 22, 2009

Malay Yellow Curry with a Vengeance

So I was out for longer than I have ever been and I was more sick than I ever knew. This is a fresh start for me and hopefully I have met if not exceeded my 2 year quota for getting sick. I watched more TV than ever while I was bedridden. That was the only thing my body allowed me to do and was the best (or should I say only for someone who despises books) source of entertainment with a weak body and lone mind. I happened to watch a Sanjeev Kapoor cook show which is very popular in India - Khana khazana. The feature was Malaysian food and I've tweaked the recipe to suit my mom's palate and use the stuff I already had in my pantry. It only took me 10 minutes to cook this which was a delight. Simmered with cottage cheese in spicy turmeric coconut sauce made with tamarind, galangal, crushed peanuts, lemon grass & ginger, Malay Yellow Curry is sunshine in a bowl.

Ingredients:
1. A handful of peanuts
2. 1/2 inch ginger. Use galangal if available.
3. 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
4. 1 dried red chili
5. 1 cup cocunut milk
6. 1 cup water
7. 1/2 onion. Use shallots if available.
8. 2-3 tablespoons oil
9. paneer or pineapple or tofu :-)
10. Black pepper, ground
11. Salt to taste
12. Coriander powder
13. Turmeric powder
14. Tamarind pulp

Instructions
1. Mix ingredients 1 to 7 and blend in a mixer
2. Heat oil in a saucepan and sautee the blended mixture and bring to a boil
3. Add paneer pieces, black pepper, salt, turmeric, coriander powder and cook until the paneer pieces are tender
4. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk and tamarind pulp to this. Add lemon grass if available.
5. Simmer on low heat for another 2-3 minutes. Remove lemon grass if added.

Serve hot with fragrant Thai Jasmine steamed rice. If you like the taste and texture of coconut milk, you will love this.

6 comments:

Prathibha said...

That looks yummy..I really love those Malay gravies..

Varunavi said...

Welcome back,i was just wondering where are u? Hope u r fine and doing good :)

Happy cook said...

This curyy is new to me, it looks so creamy delicous.

Nazarina A said...

I am Malaysian born in South Africa. My Mom never liked coconut milk, so she never made dishes with it.I on the other hand love this dish and would really like to try it with that Jasmine rice of course. Hope you are up and about!

Food Fanatic said...

Thanks, Pratibha. I more a fan of Thai though :)

Hehe Varunavi you are adorable! Thanks so much for looking out for me dear.

Thanks, Happy cook. Good to hear from you again!

Naz, what a delight to hear from you. I don't like coconut milk myself in gravies. I am more of a dessert person when it comes to coconut milk. Sounds interesting how you want to adventure with something although your mom never tried it :) Let me know how it goes and if you have any tips to improve on this. Would be great to hear about it.
Yup I am definitely up and about, thanks for asking :)

n33ma said...

Looks delish.I love Malay food.

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