If there’s one recipe that has an obvious distinct flavor from country to country, then it must be the curry. Sure, must be the way each one cooks it. And so which nation do you think has the most “likes”?
Well, it’s no other than Thailand’s Massaman Curry, the world’s 10th most delicious food according to CNN’s survey back in 2011. The secret? Clearly, one is the “curry paste.”
How do you make it? Let’s look at how Kaitlyn Moore did hers.
First, separately roast the following: 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, and 1 tsp white peppercorns. Then, in a granite mortar and pestle, grind the spices together.
Afterwhich, add these grounded ingredients: 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and the same amount of cloves. Next, prepare the following: 4 oz shallot and 1 oz garlic as well as 4 oz of fresh lemongrass, 1 tbsp galangal, 1 tbsp coriander root, 1 tsp kaffir lime rind, 10 dried and deseeded large chilies (soaked for 10 minutes).
Now, these are to be pounded with the earlier mixture and 1 tbsp of sea salt for about 10 minutes.. before mixing 2 tbsp of Thai shrimp paste, and you’re done. It’s important to note however that “curry paste” could actually be bought, and we’re just trying to show you the way others prepare their recipes.
Remember that curries could be made with any of the main ingredient in beef, chicken, pork, prawn, or even vegetables. And for this feature, we’ll be doing it with chicken.
Okay, let’s begin. In a large pan, pour 200 ml of coconut oil, constantly stirring on high heat until it becomes oily. Then add 4 tsp of the curry paste we earlier did. Lower the heat to medium before frying the paste for about 3-4 minutes.
Put the diced chicken meat and fry in the sauce till it’s cooked. When it is, pour 600 ml of coconut milk then add the sliced onion, 4 tbsp of unsalted peanuts, and chopped potatoes.
Now, season with salt, sugar and fish sauce, and cook until the potatoes are softened. And depending on your taste, you can add either a little more coconut milk or water while cooking.
Finally, you’re now ready to serve and enjoy it with rice.