This dish was very simple, easy and super tasty! I got the recipe from The Curry Book by Nancie McDermott. I didn’t have eggplant or red bell pepper on hand, like the book instructed, and so I just added what I had in the fridge (mushrooms, broccoli and carrots). I also didn’t have curry paste and so I substituted curry powder. This dish was great over jasmine rice. The vegetables and the meat could be substituted for anything else, such as tofu, chicken, chard, and so on. The curry and coconut milk are the base for the recipe.
1 can coconut milk, divided (we just ordered this in bulk from our local coop to save some costs)
2 Tbsp. red curry paste or powder, divided
1 pound beef top sirloin (or whatever is cheapest) or venison, sliced thin in bite size peices
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil (canola)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 small eggplant, peeled and cut in 1/4 inch cubes or 2 cups broccoli florets
3 Tbsp. fish sauce (the cheap stuff is tasty, but smells funny)
1/2 cup fresh basil or 1 Tbsp dried
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces or handful of mushrooms sliced thin and one carrot sliced
- Open the can of coconut milk and use a fork to stir the hard top layer into the rest of the can until creamy. Place next to stove. Put a medium saucepan or a wok over medium-high heat and bring about 1/4 cup of the coconut milk to a boil. Add 1 T of the curry paste or powder and stir fry for about 30 seconds (if paste, keep mashing while stirring).
- Add the beef and cook 1 to 2 minutes, just until it changes color. Remove it to a plate with a slotted spoon, leaving as much of the coconut milk and spice in the pan as possible.
- Add the oil and the remaining 1 T curry paste or powder to the pan and cook about 30 seconds using the same process as above. Add the onion and eggplant (or carrots) and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion and carrot begin to soften.
- Add the remaining coconute milk and fish sauce and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, 7 to 8 minutes, or until the eggplant is cooked. If using broccoli and mushrooms, add these just after the coconut milk is added to the pan.
- Slice basil into shreds and set aside. When eggplant (or other veggies) are tender, return the beef to the saucepan and add the red pepper. Simmer until the beef is heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the basil and remove from the heat. Serve hot or warm over rice.