I had my first curry less than a decade ago when I was a wide-eyed mid-20s ingenue who didn’t think there was anything she could eat at the Thai restaurant. Brad pointed out the veggie curry, I probably pouted a little and admitted I could eat it “as long as it wasn’t too spicy” and then had my life changed.
Curry! Magical curry! I was hooked. My first experiments at home were dismal failures. Curry powder and cow milk-type failures. Over time I learned about coconut milk, fresh aromatics, and curry paste. When I’m being hard core, I make my own curry paste but I’ve been pretty happy with Thai Kitchen for everyday cooking.
And this really is the perfect everyday dish. It’s so fast to pull together, only dirties one dish, and, if you have a rice-maker, requires negligible effort to pound out a side. It’s also vegan, gluten-free and, most importantly, crazy delicious.
We like our curries pretty spicy. Back off on the chilies for a mild, still flavorful dish.
- 1/2 tbs oil
- 4 oz Thai red curry (I use Thai Kitchen), or to taste
- 2 tbs ginger, minced
- 2 tbs garlic, minced
- 6 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped
- 1-2 Thai Bird's Eye chilies, minced (optional)
- 2 14.5-oz cans light coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's)
- 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
- 3 bell peppers, assorted colors, diced
- 8 oz sugar snap peas, halved
- 6 oz tofu, diced
- 2 tbs cilantro, chopped
Heat oil in a large pan, wok or brasier over medium heat. Add curry, ginger, garlic, white parts of the scallion, and chilies, if using. Saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
Pour in coconut milk and stir. Bring to a simmer and add mushrooms and peppers. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 10-12 minutes. Add snap peas and tofu. Simmer an additional 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve over rice.
Calories 292 / Total Fat 13.3g / Saturated Fat 8.2g / Trans Fat 0.0g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 868mg / Potassium 854mg / Total Carbohydrates 35.5g / Dietary Fiber 5.9g / Sugars 16.0g / Protein 11.0g
Weight Watchers Points: 6 / PointsPlus: 8