Last night I really wanted to make Massaman curry. It's our favorite from our local Thai place, and I googled recipes and found a few that looked promising. So off I went to the grocery. I got the chicken, potatoes, coconut milk, but I couldn't find the Massaman curry paste that every recipe claimed existed. So I found another one that called for Chinese Five Spice Powder. Good to go!
Not so good to go. It tasted like normal curry. NOT MASSAMAN. But I did learn some lessons about curry. Since I have already made the easy curry and it was delicious, I noticed some trends between the two to get a tasty curry in a few pretty simple steps. Just make sure you have a few spices in your pantry and you can whip some up whenever the taste arises. We mainly use turmeric, cumin, curry powder, ginger, and cayenne pepper, about 1/2 t. of each and then add what you like. It's pretty foolproof. Last nights even had a dose of Chinese Five Spice powder, a good addition but not necessary. And there is a basic process you can follow. Start with sauteing onions/garlic/shallots, then add spices. Add in chicken and cook briefly. Add in apples or potatoes (both are excellent!) and about a can of coconut milk and some chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Let it cook for about 12-15 minutes and serve over rice! And I always serve it with some peach chutney.''
And if anyone knows where I can find a Thai grocery store in Louisville and some of this so called Massaman curry paste, let me know! I will not be defeated!
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