Pulled Chicken Massaman Curry

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After visiting a Thai restaurant a few weeks ago I was inspired to try my own version, so I decided on a Thai Massaman, absolutely delicious! (if I do say so myself..lol) I just love the freshness and spice at the same time. You could of course cook this with beef also, which would be nice. I decided on chicken as I had loads in my freezer to use up. So here goes:-

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 stalk of lemongrass, finely chopped
1 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons massaman paste – I use a medium heat one.
1/2 block (100g) creamed coconut or 1/2 can coconut cream
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Handful of peanuts
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple pieces (optional)

  1. Heat up the oil in a fry pan and add the diced onions, with the ginger, lemongrass and garlic until browned and aromatic.
  2. Add in the massaman paste and cook for about 1 minute    20171209_152952
  3. Put in the chicken and brown on all sides                                               20171209_153251
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stock, coconut cream, sugar, soy sauce, cinnamon, and tamarind paste and mix. Gently bring to the boil and reduce to a low heat. Cover with a lid and slow cook for about 3 hours.                   20171209_154134      20171209_154720
  5. 30 minutes before ready add in the pineapple (if using) and peanuts, stir.
  6. If there is too much liquid just gently boil for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens or add in a tbsp of cornflour mix.
  7. Before serving gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart and mix through.
  8. You can serve with rice but we went for my Chapati’s instead…..ideal for soaking up the sauce.

 


My first Malaysian Inspired Curry – Best Ever!

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Sometimes I forget what I pin to my pinterest, after browsing the other night I found several recipes for Malaysian curries which all sounded amazing, however, my partner doesn’t like fish sauce or lime in a meal which most had so I have mashed together my version. I have to admit it is one of my tastiest curries EVER! My partner was looking for more after 1 serving…..that’s when I know I’ve made a masterpiece! lol!

Serves 2

400-500g Scotch Beef – cubed

1 tsp salt and pepper

2 tsp light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp tamarind paste

40g desicated coconut, toasted in a dry pan (reserve 2 tbsp for the paste)

Spice Paste:-

1 red onion chopped

1 red chilli – finely chopped

1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped

2 cloves of garlic – chopped

2 tbsp toasted coconut (from above)

1 tbsp olive oil

Curry Sauce:-

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp Gram Masala

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 can coconut milk 400ml.

 

  1. Mix together the salt, sugar, tamarind paste in 50ml water in a bowl. Add the beef cubes with are seasoned with salt & pepper and toss to fully coat, sprinkle in 2 tbsp of toasted coconut and stir through to coat well, leave to soak for about 1/2 hour.

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2. Put all the spice paste ingredients into a food processor and blend together until you get a smooth paste.

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3. Heat the oil in a large pan, brown the meat, remove to a bowl.

4. Add the spice paste to the pan and the rest of the curry sauce ingredients with any remaining marinade mix from the beef and cook for a few minutes. (high heat)

5. Add the coconut milk and simmer for a couple of minutes, gently add back to the pan the beef.

6. Turn the heat to low simmer, cover and cook for about 2-3 hours until the meat falls apart.

7. Uncover, turn the heat up to high and boil for 10 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce.

8. I served on a bed of long and wild rice and garnish with Coriander.

OH SO YUMMY!!! BEST EVER CURRY!

It also tastes amazing with a glass of Rioja wine.

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